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.