Cruising For Trouble
- Cruise Ships as Soft Targets for Pirates, Terrorists and Common Criminals
By Commander Mark Gaouette
2010 - Printed in the United States of America
Hardcover, Kindle - 285 pages
$42.35 - Buy it at Amazon
People come from around the world to visit Cruise Bruise. Among those who have never cruised, the question most frequently asked is, "Which cruise line or ship is the safest?". The second most asked question is, "Is cruising really safe?". Cruising For Trouble by Commander Mark Gaouette answers the later question in great detail.
Commander Mark Gaouette isn't just another crazy drunk living in the desert, looking to make money off the cruise industry by putting words into print. But, then Commander Gaouette isn't a drunk, doesn't live in the desert and isn't telling people how safe the cruise industry is so he can make an easy buck, because he knows better, first hand.
Who is Mark Gaouette? Commander Mark Gaouette (USNR-Ret.) is a maritime security consultant to the Department of Homeland Security. As the former Director of Security for Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruise Lines, he oversaw the implementation of the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Codes and the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) regulations on Princess cruise ships and port of calls worldwide.
Mark is a former Special Agent of the State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DSS) and served as a Regional Security Officer (RSO) at U.S. embassies including Moscow, Beirut, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Yemen. As a reserve naval intelligence officer, he served with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) during Operation Enduring Freedom as a Force Protection Officer.
The single most important fact that stood out to me after reading Cruising For Trouble, was that if the cruise industry portrays violence against cruise ships as acts by tiny bands of incompetent pirates, most people would surmise that if they don't sail into pirate alley, they are pretty much safe aboard cruise ships. That assumption would be wrong, as you will learn turning page after page.
Cruising For Trouble is Gaouette's in depth look at past security incidents and a look at under-reaction to the threat of attacks in the past, present and future. When the government knows of a particular threat targeted at the cruise industry, the event will have likely already taken place before the cruise line is aware of it. That revelation is just stunning and Gaouette supports the contention with valid, supporting evidence. (page 193).
This brings us to the realization, that sitting at our desks after booking a cruise, our government may already know the ship we booked aboard may be the scene of a pending terrorist attack, but didn't tell the cruise line, the ship nor the public. This is something to consider before setting to sea.
Without reading Cruising For Trouble, it's simply impossible to imagine how many threats the cruise industry actually, knowingly faces, every day of every year. Once you read this book, you may give a second thought to that second cruise.