Of course, cruise safety is of concern. But, what about your personal safety? Your personal safety is a critical factor aboard cruise ships, and should not be taken lightly. That said, when you compare the track record of traveling by cruise ship, your personal safety is just as safe (or safer) than other methods of transportation.
There are various factors to consider when cruising. Traveling by yourself, with a group, or with a companion may determine how you should approach personal safety.
On a cruise, everyone is so friendly and having such a great time that it is easy to lower your normal defensive guard. You may especially lower your guard after drinking alcoholic beverages.
The cruise lines don't talk about it; but, there are dangers aboard cruise ships, especially for women.
As large as cruise ships are these days, it is surprising how empty corridors are for short periods. A good rule of thumb is to move about the ship, whenever possible, with a companion or partner.
At the very least, move about the ship during times when many other passengers are also moving around.
Pay attention to determine if anyone follows you, especially as you go to your cabin. Always make certain that your stateroom door closes securely. Do not assume that it will automatically lock. Someone on the wrong deck may mistake you cabin for their cabin, and push open the door.
Another factor of cruise safety is the security offered by cruise
lines on their ships. Similar to police everywhere, cruise security
personnel are not able to cover everything, all the time. Remember, some of these ships are like small cities. They can carry over 5,000 passengers. Yet, corridors are surprisingly empty at times.
Talk to the cruise line (or your agent) about security provided on your cruise ship.
You will want to be safe from other people’s germs. You also want your cruise ship to follow closely all sanitation requirements. Although, pandemics (viruses of any kind or anything else) may not occur often, you never know about the habits (of cleanliness) of those around you.
Visit the Center for Disease Control for Cruise Ship Inspection Reports.
Take extra ordinary steps to protect yourself from viruses. Keep your ‘space’ clean. Assume everything you touch carry viruses.
sanitizers and/or antibacterial wipes all the time. Use a spray disinfectant in your
cabin, just before leaving for fun and games aboard ship or a shore excursion.
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