Royal Caribbean first certified for sexual assault prevention procedures

By ,   September 25, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL), parent company of Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean International (RCI), is the first between cruise corporations to receive certification by a national organization for sexual assault prevention as complying with new standards aimed at responding to sexual assault and its prevention.

In order to be certified, Royal Caribbean submitted its procedures and policies to a 4-month audit by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) representatives, the biggest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States. The audit included a detailed analysis of Azamara, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean ships, as well as a review of the procedures, policies and training of the corporation.

Cruise Line Best Practice Standards, the standards against which Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. was judged, were created specifically for cruise industry. These standarts take into account requirements under Cruise Vessel Security & Safety Act, crime prevention and issues specific to the industry.

The review examined eleven key areas, including physical ship security, crew training, victim services. Other audited areas are hiring guidelines; training of crew, security staff and medical personnel; medical service and supply; general prevention; prospective passenger screening. The examiners interviewed crew members from the three Royal Caribbean brands. RCCL certification is valid for 2 years.

In a statement, the chairman and CEO of the corporation, Richard D. Fain, said that nothing was more important than the safety and security of their guests and crew. He added they were setting high standards for themselves, and looked to experts for guidance on the most important subjects.

Only for the first half of 2015, there have been 7 allegations of rape by crew or passengers onboard ships across the brands of Royal Caribbean. Allegations are still unproven and can be found false after investigation.