Cruise Ship Safety

Cruise ship safety is a hot topic these days, and it’s easy to understand why. From Norovirus, bedbugs, and theft to sexual assault and death, much like any condensed area filled with thousands of partying people, just about anything can happen on a cruise ship. According to published reports and data at, just about every major cruise ship in existence today has been at the center of one, two or all of the following: rape cases, sexual assault cases, accidental death or non-accidental death cases (both overboard and onboard), assault cases, abduction cases, port of call cases, bomb threats, fires, and collisions, to name a few.

While thousands of incidents and crimes are reported each year, unfortunately thousands more go unreported each year. Others are simply buried by the cruise lines themselves. So it may be tough to check out a cruise ship’s safety without doing some hardcore researching to get the answers. A great place to start looking is Cruise Bruise features reports of cruise ship incidents that include the name of the cruise line, the date the incident occurred, the events surrounding the incident or crime, and if available, the outcome of the case.

You will find information about the following: Assaults On Cruise Ships, Bed Bug Infestations Aboard, Bombs & Terrorist Attacks, Child Abuse On Cruise Ships, Collisions & Damage At Sea, Crew Abuses Alleged, Deaths On Cruise Ships, Destinations, Dive Excursion Deaths, Doctor’s Malpractice, Drug Busts On Cruise Ships, Epidemics On Cruises, Fires On Cruises, Groundings & Sinkings, Mal de Debarquement, Mutiny On Cruise Ships, Pirate Attacks On Cruises, Overboard – Deaths By Line, Port Of Call Incidents, Sanitation Reports, Sexual Assaults, Thefts – Robbery Aboard and Travel Agent Fraud – Cruises. You may also obtain inspection scores for ships at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In some cases, you can do all of the research in the world, choose the ship where an unfortunate event is likely to take place, and for some reason, you still find yourself in an unsafe situation. There are several things you can do increase your chances of avoiding an unsafe situation or from being victimized and there are also several steps you can take immediately following an incident (for yourself), and to prevent others from being harmed or victimized. As mentioned above, you can check out inspection scores at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

It is also important to always keep your guard up, meaning, do not walk down dark hallways, simply walk away from heated arguments, never accept a drink from a stranger, and always trust your instincts. If you feel like something is wrong, chances are, it is. Next, if you are considering bringing valuables on vacation, don’t. Sure, the ship will have a safe with a bypass code, but in most cases, you won’t be the only one with the code. The crewmembers will know the bypass code as well.

In addition, do the best you can to watch what you eat. If it tastes strange or you are not too sure what it is, don’t eat it – no matter how adventurous you may be feeling. It is also imperative that you watch how much alcohol you consume. Too many people have gone (or almost gone) overboard in a drunken stupor. If you’re gambling, and you happen to win big, don’t broadcast, simply walk away with your winnings quietly, and hide it anywhere you can. And finally, always be careful on shore excursions (stay close to your group or partner), report any suspicious behavior whether it’s the behavior of other passengers or the crew, and if an incident or crime takes place, report it immediately.

No matter what the crime or incident may be, you must report it to security immediately and as soon as you reach your homeland, report it to authorities there as well. Depending on the nature of the crime or incident, take photographs, gather any witness statements, document the crime or incident while it is still fresh in your mind, do not disturb any evidence, and if the crime involves rape, you should have a rape kit done onboard through the ship doctor immediately. If for some reason the doctor refuses, have one done at the next port of call. If they also refuse, have one done as soon as you reach your homeland.

This information is not meant to scare you or deter you from taking a cruise vacation. Its purpose is to inform you about what could possibly happen on a cruise ship and how to prevent or deal with it. Chances are, you may never find yourself in any of the situations listed above, so relax and enjoy yourself on your cruise vacation, as it can be a truly breathtaking experience.

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