How to keep safe on board a cruise ship

Safety should be the foremost consideration when travelling on a cruiser. History has taught us that even the best laid plans can go awry. Prior to setting sail, most people thought Titanic was the unsinkable sea-faring vessel partly because of the amount of money used to design it as well as the rich passenger list it carried. Today, we know what happened and why it is important to prepare for the worst. Below are some of the things you can do to keep safe when on board a cruise ship.

Learn the Safety Drill

Do you know where to be in case of fire? What about what to do in case there is a storm when on the high seas? These are some of the pertinent matters that you should be aware of. Also make sure that you are always in public areas. You never know what kind of characters have boarded the ship with you.

Know the Location of the Life Jacket

Life jacket is one of the most important safety gears when on water. In case you have to disembark from the ship in a hurry and cannot get to the life boat, it will keep you afloat for hours until some help comes.

Background Check

You do not just jump into the next available cruise ship. You need to do your due diligence on the safety record of the cruising company, the cruiser, the experience of the navigators as well as security officers on the ship. This will ensure that the chances of getting into unsafe situations are minimized.

Smart Traveller Enrollment Program

Another smart thing to do is to register your name at this free US State Department Program. The program allows you to indicate to the government when you are expected to return and when it should start looking for you if you haven’t contacted the administrators at the State Department notifying them of your delay in your destination. This ensures that the government knows where to start tracing you in case you are late or have disappeared.

Ensure you follow the Cruise Ship's Safety Rules

There a lot of safety rules on cruise ships such as never cook in the cabins, keeping the hallway lights on etc. Do not endanger your life and the life of other travellers by disobeying the rules.

Following the above tips will go a long way in keeping you safe when on-board a cruise ship. However much you may love your privacy, it is always good to have a few friends on the ships. They may come in handy during times of danger.

by Kennedy Runo on 11/29/2013 in River or Ocean Cruises