A cruise, and a vacation in general, is a place to let loose and have fun, finally gaining some relaxation from the daily grind. For many people, this is a much needed excursion, and it’s only a problem when it goes too far. The biggest news in the cruise world right now is that of the Royal Caribbean passenger who gained a lifetime ban for herself after posing for a photo on the railing of a ship, seriously endangering herself. While it’s obvious to many of us that this is reckless behavior that even the best selfie may not be worth, it’s times like this that serve as the perfect moment to remind ourselves of some very simple ways to stay safe on our cruises. After all, you can focus that much more on having the time of your life if you know that that life itself isn’t in danger!
Leave the railings alone
Perhaps the strongest advice we can give to any cruise-goer is to be safe around the railings. This includes not sitting, standing or climbing over them. The rails are there for a reason, and toying around with them only puts you in situations that the ship’s crew specifically does not want you to be in. Not only is it common sense (what better way to find yourself in the water than to get as close to the edge of the boat as possible?), but it sets a poor precedent for the other people on the ship, especially kids who may be inspired to get near the edge as well. There’s plenty (seriously, plenty) of other exciting things to do on the ship that are perfectly safe!
Don’t enter any restricted areas
This is another one that may seem obvious, but needs to be said. A lot of rooms and other areas on cruises are restricted to guests because they are meant for crew members only. Any instruments or internal parts of the ship should be handled by professionals. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t walk into the pilot’s cabin on an airplane, so don’t do anything similar on a cruise.
Listen and pay attention!
On the ship, you’ll be given plenty of security instructions and drills. The most important thing you can do is to simply listen to them and internalize what they’re saying. You can avoid almost all on-board accidents by following the security protocols given to you. This goes for when you’re off the ship too. If you’re being given a tour or are on any activity at a port, listen to the guides and the professionals that are there to help you.
Cruises are, largely, a very safe mode of travel. In general, you have to go out of your way to be in danger. Follow these tips, use common sense and trust the crew!