Cruising is a great way to explore many places while relaxing and not having to worry about shuffling between hotels, airports, or taxis. But just because all seems well don’t let your guard down when it comes to safety. Here are 10 safety tips to keep in mind for your next cruise.
1. Pay Attention to Safety Messages
Sure, you’re excited to finally be on the ship but don’t let your excitement detract your attention from the safety briefing conducting at the beginning of the cruise. It’s important to know what you should do in case of an emergency.
2. Be careful with valuables
Before departing limit the number of valuables you bring with you, like jewelry and expensive electronics. For those items you do bring and aren’t wearing be sure to keep them locked in the provided safes when you’re not in your room.
3. Spread Out Your Money
When traveling, keep money in different forms and in different locations. Don’t carry all of your money into port with you – always have a backup located elsewhere should you lose your wallet or have it stolen. It may seem like a hassle having money in several places but can save you a huge headache if things go bad. You should also carry a copy of your passport ID page separate from your passport in case it should be lost or stolen.
4. The Sun
If you’re booked a cruise to a tropical destination the sun can quickly become your enemy. Take precautions by regularly applying sunscreen and limiting your exposure time. Wearing protective clothing and eye wear can also be helpful.
5. Stay Hydrated
Just like sun can do damage to your skin, high temperatures can leave you dehydrated quickly. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid sun stroke or other heat induced illnesses.
6. Easy on the Alcohol
A cruise can feel like one big party both on the ship and off. Keep track of how much you’re drinking and be sure to eat and drink water as well. If you plan to drink off the ship, be sure that you don’t go alone and pay attention to the clock so that you don’t miss your boat.
7. Keep Medications on Hand
If you take prescription medications regularly you should carry them with you at all times, and especially when you go off of the ship. It makes sense to carry over the counter medications that you may need as well.
8. Pair up
When onboard and when in port avoid being alone. Having another person nearby can make you less vulnerable to those who might wish you harm. When you’re with another person you’ll have someone to let you know you may be in an unsafe situation or time is running short and it’s time to get back to the ship.
9. Watch What You Eat
Sure that all you can eat buffet looks tempting and it’s a vacation you should indulge but don’t overdo it or you could end up miserable. If you have food allergies or sensitivities you’ll need to be vigilant on-board, just as you would be at home.
10. Report Suspicious Activity
Most people have a pretty good gut instinct. If something appears to be off you should report it immediately. You may want to “not get involved,” however going the extra step to let someone in charge know something is off could help protect you and others on-board.
Safety is always key to any vacation. Make sure to follow the safety tips provided and report any problems you may have with port authorities or cruise ship representative.