Detectives are investigating claims of sexual abuse against children alleged to have taken place onboard two of Cunard’s most luxurious cruise liners.  It is claimed that a crew member committed assaults on the Queen Mary 2 and its sister vessel the Queen Elizabeth.  Wiltshire Police confirmed an investigation had been launched and they would be contacting all the parents who they needed to speak to.

            The force also said it was working closely with the NSPCC and the children’s charity had staff available to speak to parents if they wanted counseling or advice.

The Mail on Sunday reported that detectives started the investigation after a tip-off and that the unnamed man, who is under investigation, lived in Wiltshire.  A Wiltshire Police spokeswoman told the newspaper: “We can confirm we are investigating historical allegations of child abuse by an employee of Cunard cruise liners.

“Inquiries continue. The employee no longer works for the company.”

            And a force spokeswoman said: “We are unable to confirm any details at this time due to an ongoing investigation. However, we would like to reassure parents and the public that the police will be contacting all of the parents they need to speak to in the course of the investigation.

            “This was reported before the current tragedy of the Costa Concordia and illustrates that many things can happen on a cruise ship that do not involve running aground or sinking.  When these things happen the devastation may be on more of a personal level but they are still devastating” says Ross Bozarth for GB Legal.  “There are several cases every year of passengers that end up missing at the end of a cruise.”

            Cunard is part of the Carnival Corporation group – owners of the Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy – and operates the Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth cruise liners offering luxurious ocean travel.

            Due to jurisdictional and unique legal complications, wrongful death claims from incidents at sea are often best handled by personal injury attorneys with experience in cruise ship incidents.   At Guenard and Bozarth we represent people that placed their trust in professionals and expected them to do the right thing.  For questions about accidents like this or one you may have been the victim of you can call our office at 888-809-1075 or visit us on the web at www.gblegal.com.

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