Safety Concerns; Cruise Passengers Should Be Aware
Written by: Kuki
It is so easy to over indulge in alcohol consumption on cruise. People all too often concentrate on the “having fun” on “their vacation”, and simply drink more than they should; leaving themselves open to problems developing by abandoning their responsibility to take care of themselves.
The cruise industry has grown so vast, and it is certainly no longer a vacation only for the elite. There is as broad a cross section of people on ships these days as there is in any city, and like it or not, that can include a criminal element.
That’s not to say I believe criminals are targeting cruise ships with a plan to commit a crime. But there are those onboard who would commit criminal acts if the opportunity arose. And the less diligent people are in watching out for themselves because of the vacation atmosphere onboard, the more those moments of opportunity arise.
I’m certainly not suggesting that there’s a need for people to be paranoid about crime onboard. I am though encouraging people to keep their wits about them. Even if they are on vacation, there’s no need to abandon your good sense, and your responsibility to yourself, in order to have a good time.
The world can be a very dangerous place. And fortunately, for a combination of reasons, I believe a cruise ship environment is in many ways safer than you would be in your own hometowns. I just want to see the statistics continue to support that statement, and have some concerns that people are too willing to assume the cruise lines are going to keep you safe. They will, if you assist by remembering your own share of that responsibility.
When disembarking a ship during a port visit, leave all the jewelry, expensive watches, large amounts of cash in the safe in your cabin. It’s an old traveler’s addage… “do not look like a tourist”. For most of us that’s near to impossible. But don’t be a walking billboard advertising your wealth. On shore, take ID, a small amount of cash, and a credit card. Doing only that much helps to keeping you safe. Being aware of where you’re going, and the surrounds while you’re there are the next things that fall to your responsibility to keeping yourself safe.
Health issues are also, at least in part, your responsibility. Though all cruise ships have doctors, nurses, and an infirmary onboard, it is not equipped to be a hospital. They are quite capable of handling minor medical issues, and even do amazingly well (considering the enviroment) of stabilizing patients with more serious conditions. However, passengers do need to be aware of the condition of their health before they board. Serious pre-existing medical conditions, can lead to situations where you may need to be evacuated by air from the ship, and/or transferred to hospitals in foreign ports of call.
Illness can strike the body, with no obvious warning, just as accidents can occur onboard, just as falls, etc. But if you are feeling ill in advance of boarding, and ignore your body’s warning signs, you are acting irresponsibily, and putting yourself, and others at risk of having to deal with serious and unpleasant health situations on a space restricted vessel out at sea.
Even then, you can expect the cruise lines to do their utmost to assist. But don’t assume the costs of those efforts are free. The single most important thing you can do to ensure your safety in a health related incident is to ensure you have purchased appropriate travel insurance, covering pre-exisitng conditions, as well as health situtations you can’t foresee.
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Posted: November 23rd, 2010 under Kuki.