Help Keep Your Winter Cruise Safe

Oct 25, 2012

By Staff Writer

More than 16 million people took a cruise in 2011, according to the Cruise Lines International Association. And it’s no wonder. “Cruises are one of the safest experiences you can have,” says Nina Meyer, CTC, MCC, DS, President and Chairman of the American Society of Travel Agents.

Take an active role in making your cruise experience even safer with these at-home, on-board and in-port tips:

  • Review the ship’s Vessel Sanitation Program inspection score before booking.
  • Record your overseas trip information with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. In an emergency, this will help the U.S. Department of State assist you.
  • Make multiple print or digital copies of health information and travel documents—including your passport—and carry these with you. Report lost or stolen documents immediately.
  • Leave valuables at home. If you bring them on the ship, keep them locked in the cabin safe or ship safe.
  • Attend the ship safety drill—and pay attention. “Generally these occur on the first day of your cruise, or at least within the first 24 hours after departing,” Meyer says.
  • Protect your health. Use your personal restroom whenever possible, wash your hands frequently and carry hand sanitizer.
  • Attend port reviews before docking. “These are the perfect time to ask questions about where the best areas are and the places not to go while in port,” Meyer says.
  • Limit the cash you carry or use only one or two credit cards, Meyer says. She also recommends memorizing your card numbers and the company contact information in case any are stolen.
  • Don’t wear flashy jewelry while in port.
  • Deter pickpockets by wearing a money belt underneath your clothing. If you use a wallet, carry it in your front pocket wrapped in a rubber band.
  • Book excursions through cruise-approved vendors.
  • Choose a trustworthy taxi driver on shore. Meyer suggests booking transportation in advance through a travel agent or inquiring on the ship about reputable cab companies.

Follow these tips to help keep your home safe while you’re on vacation.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources. While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional. Nor is it intended to effect coverage under any policy. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information. We assume no liability in connection with the information nor the suggestions made.

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