Cruise Ship Safety Tips
Safety is the most important part of any fun voyage. If the trip isn't safe, it will not be fun. You need to be aware that there are thousands of people from all walks of life, that may be on your cruise. With the cheap prices of cruises, and the growing popularity, you will find ship mates now reflect every cross section of society. You can count on coming into contact with levels of society, you have never even seen, much less dined with.
That can include sexual offenders, thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, alcoholics, spouse abusers, child abusers, con men and women and everything from organized crime members to petty career criminals. There is no background check in order to get a cruise ticket. Remember that.
These are not people the cruise line can control, or prevent you from coming into contact with. It is up to you to guard your safety. Almost every passenger crime case presented on this site would not be here, had the passenger, not broken one of the common sense rules below. Please do not make the mistakes some of them did. We have presented the crime cases on this site, as a warning of what MIGHT happen, if you don't use common sense.
- Never post in a cruise forum, your photo or the photo of family members, their ages, your location, the cruises you have taken, or the cruises you are booked into. You may want to brag, but you just told the whole world where you will be, when your home is going to be vacant and where you will be most vulnerable, to any and all persons who might want to stalk you, your spouse or your children, or worst, cause one of you harm. Please, use common sense when posting online.
- Never take a cruise alone. There is security in numbers. All criminals know: The way to rob or rape is to isolate.
- Never take a cruise with someone you don't know very well.
- Never take a cruise with people who bore you, thinking you can amuse yourself without them.
- Never take a cruise to try to repair a marriage that is on the verge of total destruction
- Never take a cruise with somebody who has been physically abusive to you in the past.
- Never flaunt your finances. Do not discuss finances with anyone.
- Never view personal papers or computer data on laptops where others can see.
- Never wander around the ship alone. Stay with someone from your party atALL times. All criminals know: The way to rob or rape is to isolate.
- Never go ashore alone. Stay with somebody from your party. All criminals know: The way to rob or rape is to isolate.
- When traveling ashore, do so in congested, well lit tourist areas.
- Never walk on the beach late at night, especially in a foreign country. Lonely beaches are favorite places for rape, robbery and murder.
- Never socialize with the locals you don't know or go anywhere with them for any reason. All criminals know: The way to rob or rape is to isolate.
- Never flash money, open a handbag or wallet, when others can see the contents. Divide your assets among front pockets and people in your party.
- Never wear expensive jewelry. Keep it back at home, in a safety deposit box, or other safe. Remember the rule: Flaunt it - Lose it!
- Never socialize with the hired help. Do not share personal information with them. This is forbidden by ALL cruise lines for a good reason.
- Never go alone anywhere with the hired help, aboard, or on shore, for any reason. All criminals know: The way to rob or rape is to isolate.
- Never use the public restrooms. Use the restroom in your cabin. This is for health reasons as well as personal security reasons. It is easier to catch the Norovirus there.
- Never drink to excess in public areas of the ship. Limit drinks in the lounges and casino to 2 or 3. Criminals look for easy targets, such as drunks.
- Never accept a drink from people you do not know.
- When you can, get your drink directly from the bartender.
- Watch your drinks carefully. Do not leave it unattended, or for others to watch.
- If you get up to dance, do so with an empty drink, and when you come back get a fresh drink.
- Never play high stakes games in the casino. Big winners are targets. Big losers get depressed.
- Never eat from the buffets. It is easier to catch Norovirus there.
- Never let children of any age, especially teens, out of your sight, not even for a moment. Children alone are children prime for victimization.
- Never use the cruise line babysitters. If you don't want to be with your children ALL the time, do not take them, or bring your own hired babysitter.
- Do place hidden video cameras in your cabin, when children are with your babysitter.
- Do buy a doorstop alarm to place inside your cabin, wedged under the cabin door to alert you and scare away intruders with card keys while you sleep.
- Be careful on decks when underway, especially the higher decks. Wind gusts can reach hurricane force and blow you off deck, even while holding onto somebody else.
- Only wear shoes with adequate tread when on deck. Slick bottom dress shoes are for inside.
- In rough seas, stay off deck at all times, stay away from windows, and large movable objects. (view our videos for information on why we advise this)
- During an emergency, never rush to your muster station alone. Wait for your party. Go together. Help each other.
- Mind your own business. Don't be a busy body. You don't want to know some things about some people. What you know can kill you.
- Never make eye contact with the locals when you are ashore. Criminals are roaming the streets looking for opportunity. Eye contact gives them that opportunity to engage you.
- Never carry a handbag ashore. If you have to, don't use one with a shoulder strap, hold it in your hand. Place money and credit cards in your front pant pockets, or within the inside pocket of a jacket. Keep this in mind when choosing the voyage ensembles.
- When speaking with others in your cabin, remember the persons in the cabins on either side of your cabin can hear you, as can people walking by outside your cabin, or on nearby balconies. It is only private, when spoken softly, with all doors closed, and music or a television softly playing to create a noise buffer.
- Think VERY carefully before filing a complaint about other passengers or crew. If it is not a life or death situation, let it go. You may open yourself or others in your party up to some serious retaliation.
- Do not take anything with you, that would cause you undue stress if you lost it or it was stolen aboard.
- Watch your luggage carefully. Do not leave it unattended.
- Do not decorate the outside of your cabin door with anything you don't mind losing, even in late December. Decorations have been known to be stolen.
- The lower you are on the ship, the higher your personal security risk is. You have to walk many miles of halls while you are on the cruise. Coming into contact much more often, in much less traveled areas, with many more passengers and crew. Closer to the common areas of the the ship you plan to use the most is wise.
- Do have a safe and fun voyage, but remember, there are thousands of other people on the ship with you, many that don't have your good character. If you are in doubt about who you are cruising with, take a peak through our PORTHOLE Here
Be sure to read through this site, in each category, to see what, exactly, you are protecting you and your family against. Knowledge is the best prevention.
Our Video section is full of passenger and crew videos, that are sure to enlighten you. As well, be sure to browse our sanitary inspection pages and epidemics area for complete details on disease outbreaks on cruise ships. Knowledge is your own FIRST aid.