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Cruise Ship Safety

Cruises are popular vacation choices that offer the promise of luxury, vast amenities, and exotic locales. A cruise vacation may come bundled as an idyllic, all-inclusive holiday but personal safety is ultimately your responsibility. So before leaving port, review these tips so you can cruise safely through that floating vacation.

  • Do your research: Prior to booking your cruise, research your ship’s report card.  You can check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) database and see what grade your ship earned for cleanliness, preparation, food storage, and much more.
  • See your doctor: If you are prone to sea sickness, speak with your doctor before booking the cruise. 
  • Be up-to-date: Make sure you are up-to-date on vaccinations and check destinations for additional vaccination requirements.
  • Register your name: The U.S. Department of State offers a free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. You can register before taking a cruise to receive updates prior to and during your cruise. It also makes it easier for officials to assist you in the event of an emergency.
  • Pay attention to the safety drill:  All ships will require you to attend a safety meeting where emergency and safety procedures are explained. Take any handouts available and read over the safety guidelines to further familiarize yourself with ship safety.
  • Study the ship: Use a map of the ship to become familiar with the area. Give yourself a tour during your free time. Learn the quickest route from your room to the designated emergency meeting area.
  • Follow fire safety rules:  While emergencies on cruise ships are rare, fire is among the most prevalent and it is crucial to follow the established fire safety rules. 
  • Use a safe: Secure valuables, money, and important documents in your room. Leave expensive jewelry at home. Displaying wealth and valuables marks you as a potential target for theft.
  • Watch what you eat and drink:
    •  Drink only bottled water.
    •  If your food smells odd or is not prepared the way you requested, send it back for something else. 
    •  Be careful of consuming too much alcohol so that your judgement does not become impaired.
  • Be aware on land excursions:  Take precautions in order not to get lost.
    • Research the ports of call online prior.
    • Take a map.
    • Travel in groups.
    • Be cognizant of travel time to locations. Note how long it will take to return back to the ship before the scheduled departure time.
  • Report anything suspicious: If something or someone aboard the ship looks suspicious, let a staff member know. Trust your intuition. Remember, ultimately, your safety is your responsibility.

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