Man wanted for crimes against public order and state security arrested on Navigator of the Seas

Nov 08, 2018

Gran Canaria Police arrested a 32-year-old British national onboard Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas while the cruise ship was docked in Las Palmas, reports the Spanish newspaper La Provincia. The man who was sailing as a passenger boarded the vessel in Southampton on October 26, had outstanding European arrest warrant issued by the Romanian Authorities for crimes against public order and state security.

Port authorities found out about the arrest warrant during a routine check of the passengers manifest before the ship was cleared for disembarkation on October 31st. The Police then boarded the cruise ship and conducted a search in the cabin occupied by the man, but he was not there. The search went on for several hours before the British citizen was finally located by the ship's security, hiding in one of the guests common areas.

The man wanted by the Romanian justice initially threatened the security officers of Navigator of the Seas with cutting their throats, but later turned himself in when the Police agents surrounded him.  

It is not clear how the port authorities in Southampton, from where the cruise ship departed on October 26, and later in Vigo, Spain where Navigator of the Seas made an emergency stop, didn’t found out about the arrest warrant.