Vacations can be both fun and necessary for your emotional well-being. For many people, the ideal vacation involves getting on a cruise ship. Whether you’re embarking on a themed boat or want to get on-board a cruise vessel for a non-singles getaway, you’ll want to take measures to stay safe on your journey. Here are five important cruise safety tips to keep in mind for your trip:
- Read the report card
Did you know that vessels have report cards? The Vessel Sanitation Program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is responsible for inspecting ships and reporting on their findings. If your ship has had reported illnesses or parts of vessels were repaired, you can find out in the report. Before you book your trip, check the CDC’s website to find out your ship’s grade. From hygiene and pest issues to replacement vessel parts, it’ll all be included.
- Muster drill
Attendance at the ship’s muster drill is mandatory for all ship occupants. In the drill, you’ll learn where to go in case of an emergency, what the different types of safety alarms mean, and how to secure a life jacket. You may even learn a few basics about cruise vessel parts or important areas on the ship.
- Use caution
Although taking a vacation is all about letting loose and enjoying yourself, keep in mind that you don’t know the motives of those around you. Part of why many people choose to vacation on a cruise is to meet new people, but you should still be careful when interacting with people you don’t know. Trust your gut instincts, and if you feel something is wrong, don’t hesitate to report it.
- Consider travel insurance
You may not have looked into travelers insurance for vacations before, but it might not be a bad idea when cruising. On the off-chance that your trip gets interrupted by illness or the ship requires partial or full repair services for vessel parts, you don’t want to be stuck footing the bill for a trip you weren’t able to enjoy. Pay close attention to what the policy covers before purchasing and decide whether going without it is worth the risk.
- Be discreet
While traveling, do not wear flashy jewelry or display large amounts of cash. You should keep your valuables out of sight (or use the ship’s safe), and don’t draw unnecessary attention to yourself. Although the majority of both travelers and workers on ships have only the best intentions, you don’t want to take a chance that you’ll become a target for theft.
Before and during your next cruise vacation, be sure to utilize these tips to ensure you have a safe and fun voyage.