When deciding to book a cruise, it’s safe to say that safety may be on your mind. After all, if you’re choosing to place your well being in the hands of a cruise company, you want to make sure you’re making the right choice. While on-board security is a major concern (there’s not enough of it), it’s important to keep in mind that a cruise vacation allows you to enjoy the best of the land and the sea. As a result, it’s worthwhile to ensure that your destination is just as safe as your cruise line.
If you’ve been wondering, “what are the safest cruise destinations?” then you’ve come to the right place. With over 100 years of combined experience in maritime law, our team has a comprehensive understanding of the industry. We’ve handled countless cases from clients who have sailed to destinations around the world. This experience has allowed us to gain invaluable insight into the safest ports of call; or at least the ports of call we rarely hear troublesome stories about.
When it comes to safety, there are a variety of factors to consider. Crime, however, frequently tops the list of concerns. So we’ll focus on offering you destinations that we infrequently hear about crime perpetrated on cruise ship passengers:
Turks and Caicos Islands, located southeast of the Bahamas, is an all-around great choice for a safe cruise destination. The island relies heavily upon tourism and, as a result, keeping vacationers safe and happy is a high priority. While opportunistic petty theft can happen, we haven’t recently heard of incidents of major threat to tourists.
Anguilla is another scenic choice for vacationers looking for a relaxing cruise vacation. Frommer’s travel website considers it one of the safest islands in the Caribbean, with low rates of drug use and crime. In addition, there are no reports of dangerous wildlife of potential natural disasters on the eel-shaped island, which means you can kick back with confidence.
The British Virgin Islands, such as Tortola, are also reputed as some of the safest islands for visitors, with crime incidents ranking especially low here. And with more than 60 islands to enjoy in this country, this could be a perfect place to bring the whole family for a worry-free holiday.
This overview would be incomplete without mentioning Martinique, which is an oft-overlooked, low-crime destination that may be of interest for those seeking to avoid thefts.
Always Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
While these destinations are considered generally safe for tourists, it’s important to always keep an eye on your belongings and loved ones. Remember, your purse or bag can be snatched in your home town just as easily as it can while you’re on vacation. So be mindful of your surroundings, use good common sense, especially when going out after dark, and you’ll be on your way to a hassle-free cruise vacation. Also, don’t venture out alone or into areas of a port which are tucked away and not frequented by the cruise crowds (and local police or security).
However, just because you have taken the necessary precautions does not mean that crime and personal injury will not happen. If you have been injured while on a cruise vacation, or if you know someone who has, we are here to help.
It can be overwhelming to face your legal situation head on in the wake of a traumatic incident. But there’s no need to let the process rest on your shoulders alone. Our firm has handled countless cases against major cruise lines around the world, and a maritime lawyer on our team is ready to do the same for you.
So if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us.