“How can I stay safe on a cruise?” That’s one of the questions our cruise ship lawyers here at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. are most often asked. As the number of accidents and crimes at sea continue to escalate, it’s important passengers understand they can play an active role in staying safe. If you’re planning on taking a cruise vacation, we’ve outlined five key tips that can drastically improve your chances of staying safe.
Travel in Groups
The old adage, “safety in numbers,” is tried and true for good reason. The larger the group you travel with, the lower your chances of becoming a target of a crime. It’s much easier for an assailant to target and isolate single travelers. Traveling in groups also ensures that if you happen to get hurt, you’ll have loved ones by your side who will make sure you get help immediately.
Establish Meeting Points
It’s easy to get lost on big ships and it’s also easy to find yourself in a troublesome situation where you might become the target of a crime. Establish a meeting point in an open, high-traffic area on the ship in case your group gets separated. This way, if someone in your group doesn’t show up at the designated time, you can alert crew members and initiate a search as quickly as possible.
Bring Walkie Talkies
Cell phone reception is abysmal once a cruise ship leaves port. If you do manage to get service, you’ll be paying an arm and a leg for it. Walkie Talkies can ensure you stay in constant communication with your loved ones. If you do not show up at your meeting point, your loved ones can reach you immediately or contact ship security immediately if you don’t respond. Walkie Talkies typically run on AA batteries, are easy to use and work on a ship.
Pack an Emergency Kit
While most cruise ships have medical facilities onboard, it’s always a good idea to bring your own emergency kit with things you may need in case a member of your group becomes sick or injured onboard or ashore, or in case the ship loses power. Pack your emergency kit with first aid supplies like bandages, alcohol swabs and pain medication, as well as with a few non-perishable snacks and bottled water.
Download Our Cruise Ship Lawyer App
There’s one important tool that can not only increase your chances of staying safe on a cruise, but can also ensure you get the legal help you need if an emergency arises. Our law firm’s Cruise Ship Lawyer App lets you communicate directly with our maritime attorneys. It comes with a built-in Wi-Fi feature that lets you reach our firm anytime, anywhere (even if you don’t have cell phone reception), lets you document accidents or crimes, take pictures, and best of all, is free to download for iPhone and Android users.
These days, you never know what kind of conditions you’ll face onboard a ship or while in a foreign port. Accidents and crimes at sea are on the rise, but by following these five easy tips, you can ensure you and your group will be well-prepared in case an emergency does occur.