Safe and Secure on a Cruise Ship (Part II)

 

Onboard your ship 

Don’t miss the mandatory muster drill and pay attention to it:
A muster drill is a required safety exercise that typically takes place before passengers leave their port of embarkation. Don’t miss it. It’s critical. 

If you miss it, you could be ordered to leave the ship before the cruise starts. The drill is to familiarize all guests with their muster station where they gather and procedures in case of emergency. They also review how to correctly put on life vests.

Beware of crime while enjoying your time on your cruise.

Cruise ships are like little towns and cities where crime occasionally occurs:
While crime is rare on cruise ships, it happens. Cruise lines usually point out how safe their ships are. In 2017, for instance, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were over 100 crime incidents of different types among more than 14 million cruise passengers.

Travel in groups/pairs:
Use this practice to help keep yourself safe from crime.

Never go to crew quarters:
You don’t recognize who the crew members are. Stay safe and you don’t have to be sorry.

Drink responsibly:
When you’re drunk, you don’t have your ability to be aware of your surroundings. Never take a drink from a stranger, nor go back to their cabin or yours with someone you don’t know.

Put valuables in the cabin safe:
Never leave valuables lying around. You don’t need cash when aboard the ship, so put it and your wallet in the safe.

Select port excursions with care:
Check the safety record of any business you contract with for an excursion in a port of call on your cruise, to the extent possible, especially plane and helicopter excursions, or third-party bus tour company journeys.

While these tips aren’t foolproof, pay attention to them and your common sense will go far in aiding you to stay safe while on your cruise.

 

Safe and Secure on a Cruise Ship (Part I)

Going on a cruise is exciting, however, there are still safety concerns even while on vacation.

Cruise safety tips have to be linked with commonsense

Cruising is one of the safest forms of travel. Most cruise travelers have fabulous journeys without incident. Though cruise ships are fairly safe, just like on any other way of traveling, cruise ships have to take some responsibility for their own safety.

Before you leave for your cruise

Research your ports of call:
Regardless of if the ports you’ll travel to are international or domestic, you have to learn about safety, crime, and health. For international travel, use the U.S. Department of State Country Information. 

For health information and recommendations, use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Travelers’ Health Destinations information. Study international travel plans with your doctor too. Being healthy is part of your cruise safety tips.

U.S. citizens should use STEP for international travel:
STEP is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program of the U.S. Department of State. When you enroll and provide your trip information, you’ll get notices from the State Department about your destination countries to aid you in making informed decisions. It will allow local U.S. embassies to call you in an emergency. If an incident happens, they will help loved ones get in touch with you.

When you pack 

  • Pack a rubber door wedge:
    When in your room, put the door wedge in the door bottom to make it harder for anyone to break in.
  • Have a small flashlight:
    In case of a power failure, have a small but powerful LED flashlight to see in your room and aid with an evacuation.
  • Pack your breakables, medications, and valuables in your carry-on:
    While it’s rare, sometimes suitcases and other luggage fall into the water during their transfer from the pier to your cruise ship. To prevent their loss, store them in your carry-on and take them aboard yourself.