Not any more.
One of our fellow passengers was walking (alone) to the ship from Snorkel Beach on a relatively well traveled walkway in front of the main entrance to the Maritime Museum at 4pm on 6/14. A tall and imposing black Bermudian was walking toward him on the same sidewalk. The Dawn passenger assumed they would walk around each other as they got closer, but instead was punched in the face and knocked to the ground. The assailant began to search through the victim's pockets, presumably for a wallet when the victim came to his senses and grabbed his assailant by the groin and focused every bit of strength on damaging the assailant's testicles. When the assailant was taken down screaming, the victim ( a scrappy 40ish Bostonian ) managed to level a couple of punches to the assailant's face and fled to the ship where he reported the incident to security personnel and customs agents. Bermudian police visited and interviewed the victim in his stateroom. Police identifield the assailant as someone they'd been looking for due to similar previous attacks. The police indicated that such attacks have become more frequent and problematic in recent years.
We have noticed a dramatic change in the island's demographic over the past 5 - 6 years. There appears to have been an influx of Caribbean islanders establishing residence on the previously pristine English island now active with gangs and the crimes usually associated with gang activity.
We've visited the night club at Snorkel Beach during our last two summer visits. The security protocol (frisking, metal detectors, anti-gang dress code) is clearly designed to combat a growing problem on the island. The demographic make-up of the club's non-tourist guests is stunning. I had no idea that Bermuda had fallen prey to such a scary element. The club is absolutely beautiful, but VERY SCARY. I spoke to a local police officer who told me that stabbings and assaults at the club are not uncommon, but usually perpetrated by and among the island's native population.
I certainly hope that the Bermudian government sits-up and takes notice and action against this very troubling trend. The island's livelihood depends on it.
Next Up: NCL Dawn, Feb'18, Tampa-W.Carib
NCL Escape,Feb'16,Mia-E.Carb-HAVEN Penthouse
NCL Gem,Jan'13 NY-Carib
NCL Jade,Jun'12,Venice-Greek Isles
NCL Dawn,Jun'11,Boston-Berm-GARDEN VILLA
RCL Grandeur,Feb'03, E.Carib
NCL Dreamward,Apr'97,Berm,1st w/kids
RCL Nordic Prince,Apr'88,S.Carib,Honeymoon
NCL Sunward II,Mar'84,Bahamas
NCL Sunward II,Mar'82,Bahamas
NCL Sunward II,Apr'79, Nassau/Berm
HA Rotterdam,Apr'78, E.Carib
RCL Song of Norway,Apr'77,Berm
Carnival Mardi Gras,Apr'73,E.Carib
Greek Lines TSS Olympia,Apr'71,Nassau,St.Thom,P.R.
Greek Lines TSS Olympia,Apr'70,Nassau,St.Thom,P.R.
Italia Line Leonardo da Vinci,Apr'69,Berm
ECL Bahama Star,Mar'66,Nassau,age4