Travel Quick Tips
Staying Safe Onboard
Staying Safe aboard a Cruise Ship
Millions of people take a cruise every year. The majority of these
ocean travelers have a memorable experience. Unfortunately,
there have been numerous reports of missing persons and cruise ship
crime over the past few years.
This may make it seem like the cruise ship industry has a problem,
but the reality is that they do not.
Cruise ship accidents are really few and far between.
Despite the fact that you are safe
aboard a cruise ship, you should still take precautions to protect
yourself, your family, and your belongings for safe travel on the
There are a number of steps that you can take for shipboard safety. Most of these
precautions are simple and can be done with little or no effort, keeping you safe and your finances in check when you are on your
Cruise ship safety precautions should begin well in advance of
boarding ship. Your travels may take you to foreign countries. In
the event of a mistake or disaster, you are encouraged to have all
of your important documents on hand. These should include your
passport and driverís license.
Before boarding your cruise ship, make duplicate copies of all of
these documents. In addition to the originals, carry one set with
you and leave the other at home.
When you are finally board, familiarize yourself with your ship.
Todayís most popular cruise ships are large in size. It may take
some time to examine the ship, but that exploration can be a big
part of the fun. Request a map and carry it with you at all times,
it may come in handy if you lose your way.
Be observant and familiarize yourself with other passengers. You
don't have to be outgoing or a social butterfly to accomplish this.
Simply keep an eye out for individuals that appear to be shady or
mysterious. If you were on land, it's likely that you would avoid
individuals that make you feel uncomfortable. The same should apply
for increased onboard safety when on your cruise ship.
When walking around your cruise ship, it's usually a good idea not
to travel alone. As with land, traveling with others is likely to
reduce or eliminate your chances of becoming a crime victim. If you
must move around the ship alone, inform a number of individuals
where you will be headed and when you expect to return. In the event
that something does happen, a relative or friend should know exactly
where to find you.
Make your personal safety your first concern. In addition to
personal safety, the safety of your belongings is also important. If
you are traveling with expensive luggage or large sums of money,
consider taking extra precautions like leaving your most expensive
belongings behind. Most cruise ships will not reimburse their
passengers for lost money or belongings.
When it comes to theft, cash and credit cards are often the most
sought after items. Instead of carrying a purse or a wallet,
carry a money pouch. To offer the utmost protection, obtain a money
pouch that can be worn around your neck and tucked into your shirt.
Others can be worn inside of your underwear. These pouches often
make it impossible for thieves to strike.
If you prefer not to use a money pouch or if you left yours at home,
divide up your money. Keeping your money in multiple locations may
provide you with financial protection if a theft does occur. If you
must use a purse, keep it with you at all times. Women and men with
wallets should keep their wallets in their front pockets.
Cruise ships are exciting and, for the most part, safe. With a few
simple precautions, you can safely enjoy your vacation aboard a
cruise ship without fretting over the safety of yourself and your