Just Cruising: Enjoy Yourself And Stay Safe

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In a world where people work too hard and everybody wants to enjoy their time off in luxury, cruises are becoming a popular way to vacation. The majority of people who have been on a cruise would heartily recommend it but, as with anything that enjoys growing popularity, problems have arisen. Crime aboard cruise ships has soared, and there have been several missing persons reports filed. This should not put you off, however. Accidents are few and crime only seems to happen to those who do not take the necessary precautions against opportunism.

There are various ways to keep yourself safe on a cruise. Most of them actually require very little effort in order to ensure your safety. For example, plan your holiday in advance. Before you even go on a cruise, you must make sure that all of the necessary documentation is on your person. A passport and driving license may save you embarrassment when it comes to boarding the ship or visiting various places on the trip itself. Always take the originals and a copy in case they should go missing, and leave a copy at home in the event that you need to report one or both of them stolen.

The most important element to ensuring your safety is ironically the one most people actually forget to do! You should always familiarize yourself with the layout of the cruise ship. If there is a map available, use it in a self-tour of the ship. This ensures that you know where everything is in the event of an emergency and it is highly unlikely that you will get lost, even on the largest of cruise ships!

You should also get to know some of your fellow passengers, even if you just want a quiet trip with your family. Staying safe is a priority over socializing. By observing other passengers, you will be able to earmark those who look out of place or shifty. On a ship, it is impossible to avoid them completely as you could on land, but by noticing them from the outset you will be able to monitor their movements and try to keep as far away from them as possible.

Try to avoid walking around the cruise ship on your own. On land, travelling with another person reduces the risk of becoming a victim of crime. The same applies on a ship. If you have no other choice but to walk on your own, take the same sort of precautions as you would at home. Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Always establish a point of contact and stick to the busiest parts of the ship. If anything delays you, let someone know as soon as possible. It is just common sense.

As well as looking at ensuring your personal safety, you may also want to ensure the safety of your belongings. Cash, cards, identification and luggage are ll priorities when it comes to crime. Try to leave as many expensive or important belongings at home to avoid running the risk. If you do have to take them, always check that your insurance cover is adequate because most cruise ships do not take responsibility for any criminal activity and will not pay damages.

Never ever leave money, ID or credit cards in your abin. Thieves often target the careless in their quest for cash. It is also harder to catch a thief that has simply stolen cash. Do not carry a purse or wallet with oney in either. Instead, use a money pouch that can be either worn around your neck or your waist. They fit discretely under your clothes so it would be impossible to steal from you. If you have to carry a purse or wallet, never put it in your back pocket. Also, dividing your cash may be a good idea. If you do become a victim, having cash in several places will ensure that you are not left penniless. This acts as a reserve system that keeps your financially sound.

You should not be put off going on a cruise as a result of this article. Indeed, many holiday cities and resorts have much higher crime rates than any cruise ship. However, you must be aware of how to keep yourself safe on a cruise ship. By taking the necessary steps towards protecting yourself, you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying the luxury vacation you have booked and paid for with the money that you work so hard for all year round!

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