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.