International Cruise Victims, ICV, is a not for profit organization. We consist of members who have been victims on cruise ships, are family members or friends of cruise ship victims, as well as others interested in our mission.
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International Cruise Victims Association

International Cruise Victims Association (ICV) represents victims of crime on cruise ships, their families and friends, and individuals concerned about the problems of victimization and disappearances on cruise ships.  With several hundred members, the organization advocates for legislative reform to protect passengers from crimes and increase the rights of victims of crimes that do occur on cruise ships, and provides support to victims of crimes occurring on cruise ships.  

The goal of the organization is to contribute to growing a cruise industry where passengers and crew members are safe and secure from victimization while on board a cruise ship.
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International Cruise Victims (ICV) is an international organization with members throughout the world, currently represented by over 20 countries.  Under the ICV International News Section, many stories will be found in the original language. Google can be used to translate many of these articles into English or whatever you use.

ICV maintains a separate chapters in Australia (which supports both Australia and South East Asia) and Europe. You may enroll as an ICV Member for these chapters, through this website.






Theresa Acerra

On Jan. 20, 2014, my sister-in-law, Theresa M. Acerra, began a five-day cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, and Key West, Florida, on the Celebrity Constellation. She was 63 years old, in good health according to her doctors, and had regular checkups. She went to be with a group of people and just to relax.....> Read More

Betty Virgo

My mother, Betty, and I embarked upon a Sun Princess cruise around New Zealand on 18 Nov 2012. On the forth night we met in the restaurant where Mum told me she felt ill.....> Read More

Check Your Bills
Accountants working on board ship would add to passenger bar bills charges for drinks that they had not consumed.....> Read More

Steven Billing
The tragic story of  Steven Billing.  Around 5 a.m., ship security called Thomas, saying that I was in the medical center, having been found unconscious. Thomas and Nancy rushed there, only to find me incoherent, foaming at the mouth and screaming that I had no feeling in my arms and legs.....> Read More

Ariel Marion
On Sept. 16, 2012, my daughter Ariel, then 21, and I embarked on a seven-day Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean. It was our first and last cruise -- mine because I have no desire to sail on a cruise ship ever again, hers because she disappeared from the ship that same night.....> Read More 

Fariba Amani
Reported missing last March by her boyfriend, off the Bahamas Celebration during an overnight return trip from the Bahamas to Palm Beach.....>Read More

Christa
I was assaulted on a cruise ship as a child in 1978. I was 12 years old and my sister was 9. We found the crew to be very friendly, and thinking nothing of that at that age, we were friendly back to them, chatting occasionally with them. You have to remember, we were children and living in very different times than today....> Read More

Sexual Assault on Cruise Ship
After researching several locations and cruise itineraries we decided to set sail on the Celebrity Solstice on January 23, 2011... He then asked if he could give me a hug good-bye... During the hug he managed to push me against the wall and rub my back down to my butt and kissed my neck, while rubbing himself upon me and grabbing my breasts....> Read More

Jason Rappe
They were having the time of their life until one night when Jason vanished. We have been given no real information as to what exactly happened, or how. All we know is that he somehow went overboard.....> Read More

Rebecca Coriam
In June 2010, a 23-year-old British citizen named Rebecca Coriam was interviewed in London for a shipboard position with Disney Cruise. She was hired over hundreds of other applicants, and received four months of training at Disney facilities in Florida. She then worked for four months on cruises to and from the Bahamas, after which she returned to Britain for two months....> Read More

Pilgrimage to Hell by Christine Lynch
Picture to yourself a "dream holiday" on a cruise ship.  Then imagine becoming the victim of a crime.  Could the dream turn into any worse nightmare than if you were told to leave the cruise ship, while the perpetrator (a staff member) remained free?....> Read More

Facebook Contest Story
How wonderful is winning a Facebook contest for a free cruise?  For my 23-year-old daughter, it seemed to be the best piece of luck in the world.  Now, however, we are wondering if something darker might have been involved....> Read More

Teresa Doessel
On May 11, 2002, I arrived at Miami International Airport from Australia to start work on a cruise line  At that time, I was a very outgoing 41-year-old woman with 20 years of experience in the photography industry....> Read More

Blake Kepley
I don't want anyone to have to got hrough such an unimaginable experience as not only losing a child but having him go on vacation and disappear without a trace off a cruise ship. How is it possible in this  day and age that cruise ships don't have...> Read More

A Mother's Perspective on Losing her Daughter
"My 3 year-old daughter was killed on Christmas Eve of last year while on a Holland America cruise with her biological father. She drowned in the designated children's swim area of a private island in the Bahamas owned by HAL. > Read More

Another Sad Story by a Widow Concerning the Death of her Husband
What can you do when tragedy aboard a cruise ship is compounded by being handed a bill for substandard healthcare and ending in the death of your loved one? This question was brought home forcefully to one family, left unnamed here, who left the United States on February 27, 2011 on a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Caribbean. > Read More

Cruise from Hell -- Drugged on Shipboard
What better way to celebrate your 52nd birthday than going on a cruise?  When friends suggested that my husband, Ed, and I join them on a 14-day Southern Caribbean excursion, avid cruisers that we are, we couldn't say no. > Read More

Sarah Alexander - Massachusetts
On September 25, 2005, I boarded the Norwegian Cruise Line “Majesty”, as a solo passenger for a 7-day cruise from Boston to Bermuda. From September 26th thru October 1st, I was repeatedly “hit on” by my Cabin Steward. On the final day of my cruise, October 2nd, the Cabin Steward assaulted me 
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Barry Allen - California
Our cruise was billed as a twenty (20) day Mediterranean Adventure, sailing from Civitavecchia, Italy, on September 14, 2008, on the MS NOORDAM.  We were thrown into the Mediterranean Sea by Holland America...  > Read More

Dorothy P. Arnett - Tennessee
On January 7, 2006, my fiancé and I took a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise from Port of Charleston, SC, on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Majesty”. On the second night, I developed an irritation in my throat. 
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Camila Peixoto Bandeira  -  Brazil - ( Updated January 2010 )
Around 7 a.m. that day, 30-year-old Souza Bicalho, a crew member who served as a waiter, left the cabin that he shared with his girlfriend, Camila Peixoto Bandeira, to begin work.  Less than three hours later, Bicalho returned to the cabin, where, he reported, he found the body . . .  > Read More

Ashley Barnett - California  - ( Updated March 2007 )
On October 14, 2005, my daughter, Ashley Barnett, her boyfriend, and two other couples, boarded Carnival Cruise Line’s Paradise in Long Beach, California for a 3-day cruise to celebrate her 25th birthday. Less than twenty-four hours later, Ashley was dead. > Read More

Amy Lynn Bradley - Virginia  - ( Updated February 2008 )
Amy, our beautiful 23-year-old daughter, who had recently graduated from college, vanished in the Caribbean on March 24, 1998.  > Read More

Dianne Brimble - Australia
For two years, Dianne had saved to take a cruise around the South Pacific. Although she was the mother of three, she was only able to save enough to take her youngest daughter, Tahlia, with her on the trip of a lifetime. > Read More 

Christopher Paul Caldwell - Virginia
On July 23, 2004, I received a call that changed my life forever…. My son, Christopher Paul Caldwell, had gone on a Carnival Cruise to Mexico with his fiancée. . . He never returned!  > Read More

Merrian Carver - Arizona
Merrian Carver, a 40 year old woman, disappeared from a Royal Caribbean cruise to Alaska in August of 2004. > Read More

Shari Cecil ( Updated October 2007 )
On December 18, 2004, I was raped in my bunk by a fellow crew member, while docked at a U.S. port. 
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Laurie Dishman - California
My best friend, Michelle, and I decided to celebrate our thirty-year friendship. I have known her since I was five years old, and so we thought, “How about going on a cruise together? . . . But little did I know of the dangers that awaited me. > Read More

Daniel DiPiero - Ohio
On May 15, 2006 our son/brother, Daniel DiPiero, boarded the cruise ship Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas for what was intended to be a vacation of a lifetime. Daniel went onboard the ship with his friends. He was excited. Daniel and his friends had big plans to enjoy their vacation. > Read More

Jane Doe #1 - ( Updated September 2007 )
For three horrific hours, he held me captive in that cabin, where no one could hear my screams, because everybody was at bingo.  And every time I tried to talk to him, he hit me furiously.
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Jane Doe #2 - ( Updated October 2007 )
The color of this particular drink (blue/green) was much different than my previous cocktails (orange/pink), and was served in a plastic container, rather than my original "souvenir” cup.
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Jane Doe #3 - ( Updated November 2007 )
The Filipino [crew member] claimed that (for my boyfriend’s birthday) he planned to murder him by throwing him off the ship during the crossing to Portugal . . . > Read More

Jane Doe - New Zealand - ( Updated May 2008 )
We were chatting and laughing with our newly acquired friends when a man brought me a drink.  Little did I know that my relaxing holiday was about to end and a horrible nightmare was about to begin . . . 
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John Dresp - Nebraska - ( Updated February 2007 )
On November 16, 2005, my wife Winifred, brother John and I, along with 47 other passengers, left the Norwegian Dream by a catamaran operated by Discovery Divers for snorkeling at the Belize barrier reef. It is hard to imagine that was the last time we saw my brother John alive. > Read More

Angelo Faliva - Italy - ( Updated February 2010 )
It is believed that Angelo vanished from the ship on the evening of November 25. That day, he began work at about 4:30 p.m. in the kitchen of Sabatinis, a restaurant on the ship's “promenade” seventh deck. > Read More

David Gabriel - Australia
On January 2, 2001, I was walking from the top sun deck to my cabin on Level 4 with my, then, 3-year-old son. While waiting for an elevator, I noticed a male in his mid-thirties, large build, who appeared to be following us. > Read More

Andrew Gready- Australia - ( Updated March 2007 )
January 7, 2005, was our last day at sea after a 10-night New Year’s Eve cruise on the Pacific Sky out of Brisbane, Australia. > Read More

Michael Groves - United Kingdom - ( Updated December 2009 )
As for my story, at this time I am unable to discuss it in much detail due to legal restrictions, but ladies and gentleman, My name is Michael Groves and I'm this guy > Read More

John & Chantal Hopkins - California
Two Children Sexually Assaulted by a “Carnival Cruise Line” Employee. In July 2004, on the last night aboard a Carnival Cruise ship, our cabin steward called the cabin occupied by our 13-year old daughter and her 12-year old friend. The two18-year old girls, who were also sharing the same cabin, had gone dancing. It was the last evening for them to enjoy the cruise, their high school graduation gift. 
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Injury Incident 
In December 2004, while onboard Royal Caribbean’s “Legend of the Seas”, I slipped and fell outside of the Windjammer Café, as the ship was going through the Panama Canal. > Read More

Jaime's Story - Alaska
I just wanted to see the dolphins. On May 23, 1999, my family and I (age 12 at the time) boarded a Carnival cruise ship where we spent the next seven days, cruising the Caribbean! It truly was a dream come true, or so we thought. > Read More

Cathy Johnson - Florida ( Updated July 2007 )
As I proceeded to my cabin, the Hotel Manager, Mario, followed me and noticed that I was having trouble with the door key. As he began helping me with the key, he then started telling me that I was beautiful, that he wanted me, and then he began groping my breasts! > Read More

Mindy Jordan  ( Updated August 2008 )
On the morning of May 11th, 2008 – Mother’s Day – Mindy Jordan, her boyfriend, and one other couple boarded the Norwegian Dawn. Just twenty-four hours later, we learned that Mindy had gone overboard > Read The Family's Story > Read The Mothers Story

Janet Kelly 
On the last night of the cruise, in between a show and dinner, the ship’s bartender mixed and served me with a drug-induced drink. I began to experience mental and physical impairment. I was taken to a location on the ship marked “crew members only” to my horror, the crewmember then raped me! 
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Richard Liffridge - Georgia  - ( Updated June 2007 )
My name is Lynnette Hudson. My story is not much different than the ones I’ve read on the ICV website. We all have two things in common, a tragedy that occurred on a cruise ship and the fact that our lives will never be the same. > Read Wife's Story > Read Daughter's Story

Margaret McCarthy
Thirteen years ago, when my daughter was 4 and son was 9, we went on a Disney Big Red Boat cruise. It was a short trip out of Tampa to the Cozumel area. > Read More

Gayle Smith-McDonald  - ( Updated May 2007 )
I was assaulted by another passenger and nearly drowned, while the ship’s pool attendant stood by and refused to intervene. > Read More

Annette Mizener - Wisconsin
On December 4, 2004, the last night of a 9-day Mexican Riviera cruise with her parents and daughter, my 37-year old wife, Annette Mizener, disappeared off the Carnival cruise ship, “The Pride". 
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Mother of Victim, a minor
It is extremely hard to find the words to describe the shock, the anger and the frustration that results from having a child become a victim of sexual assault on a cruise ship during a family vacation. 
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My Daughter's Story 
During her off-hours, in 2005, my Daughter was with other employees on the Cruise Ship, where she had been working. Another employee handed her a drink and said, "Drink this". Within 30 minutes of drinking it, she has no memory of the night. > Read More

My Innocent Teenage Daughter - ( Updated May 2010 )
About three years ago my family went on the proverbial "cruise from Hell."  After it ended, we went back home and tried to suppress our memories; we haven't been able to talk about it until ...> Read More

Lynsay O'Brien - Ireland
We boarded the ship, Costa Magica (owned by Carnival Cruise Lines), with our four children on the 2nd of January 2006. On the 3rd night of the cruise, our beloved 15-year old daughter, Lynsey, fell overboard and has not been found. > Read More

Angela Orlich - Massachusetts
During the cruise, I purchased a shore excursion, which was promoted and sold to me while on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship.  This excursion was to a resort in Cozumel, Mexico, which included scuba diving.  Little did I know that it would result in such a horrifying experience   > Read More

Mr. Hue Pham and Mrs. Hue Tran - California
While onboard the Carnival Cruise Line “Destiny”, our beloved parents and grandparents, Hue Pham (age 71) and Hue Tran (age 67), who were married for 49 years, disappeared in the Caribbean Seas on May 12, 2005, between the islands of Barbados and Aruba. > Read More

Sara - ( Updated March 2011 )
The man who had pinned me down then unzipped his pants and raped me.  Despite my pleas to stop, he continued and said, "Oh c'mon, just a quickie," while the other man sat there . . . > Read More








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Anderson Cooper Cruise Security Experts: Predators at Sea Click Here

The Tonight Show host Jay Leno discusses ICV in his monologue Click Here

Cruise Ship Disappearances, Rapes, Thefts: How the Industry Stonewalls Investigations-Coast to Coast Radio network show (Ken Carver's interview starts 1 hour and 19 minutes into the show)  Click Here

Data Base Of Crimes Reported To The FBI
Copies of reports filed from December 2007 through October 2008. Search The Sun-Sentinel database to see what was 
reported by each cruise line to the FBI - Click Here
60 Minutes Australia - Ships of Shame 
Reported by Allison Langdon - Click Here

SBS Dateline Australia - Lost at Sea: Parents Looking for Answers Click Here 

Legal Issues n NBC News for Carnival Triumph Passengers Video

Troubled Waters: The Carnival Triumph February 22, 2013 - 20/20 Video

Houston NBC News Station Investigates Carnival Cruise Fires Video

REVIEW YOUR RIGHTS IN THE FINE PRINT ON THE TICKET AS A PASSENGER ON A CARNIVAL CRUISE SHIP


In March of 2006 the group presented a 10-point plan to improve safety.  This can be found in our community - here
Several ICV Members and Friends have participated in these interviews, including episodes produced and/or written by the BBC-England, Nine Network - Australia, Park Avenue Magazine - Germany, VI Magazine - Norway and the Canadian TV (CTV). The following BBC, Nine Network-Australia, Park Avenue-Germany, VI Magazine-Norway and CTV review the issues concerning the cruise line industry in great detail:
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