Written by: Kuki
There are already plenty of existing articles (many of which I wrote myself) offering advice on what to do during your visits in different ports of call.
Now it’s time for me to offer some advice on what NOT to do while visiting a port.
The most important thing not to do in a port of call is to stay there; that is… Don’t miss the ship’s departure. You’ll be left to find and pay for your own way to meet the ship, or looking to start a new career in a new country.
Private, rather than ship’s supplied tours, are available on pretty much any cruise ship itinerary. Researching online for recommended companies is easy, as is booking. but, you don’t want to send your money in advance to some guy called Noriega, with a prison address.
When on a Caribbean cruise there are normally many options for a day at the beach, or even all inclusive beach clubs. Each island also has several clothing optional beaches to choose from. If your intention is to spend the day naked on one of those beaches, you shouldn’t walk off the ship already “dressed” for it.
Rental vehicles are available during your port visit almost everywhere. If you choose to rent an automobile you want to double check that the vehicle has 4 tires, and also a spare, and if you really want to go somewhere, a motor. And you definitely don’t want to rent a vehicle if you don’t have a driver’s license.
Before disembarking a ship, in every port they will supply printed material with the name and contact information for their port agent. Be certain to carry that information with you in case of emergencies. You want to do everything you can to avoid the need to have to contact the port agents, especially from a jail cell.
Be aware if there is a difference between ship’s time and local time. Ignoring that difference can lead to the problem I first referenced in this article. Time in port does have limits, and you’ll be best off if you also put drink limits in place as well.
Thinking along those lines, you don’t want to be buying or selling illegal substances in any port of call. The danger of getting caught means you’ll have a need to call more than just the port agent, and the jails aren’t likely to provide free internet access for you to check Trip Advisor for the most highly recommended attorneys.
Every port you might visit has very friendly locals, as well as its share of not so friendly locals. You want to do your best to avoid the latter.
To best avoid them you don’t want to allow your “stupid self” off the ship. Every one of us has a “stupid self”, who’ll get us into bad situations by making bad decisions. When traveling in foreign places leave your stupid self in the cabin safe, and make smart decisions. Be aware that you are traveling in unfamiliar places, and that requires more diligence, not less.
Your enjoyment and safety are relying on you to make the right decisions. You don’t want to hear your “stupid self” apologizing to your reasonable self later.
- A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising -