Avoiding Injury on a Cruise
The best cruises are safe cruises. Unfortunately, a lot of different types of problems can arise on a cruise ship, including illnesses, slip-and-fall accidents and even crime on a cruise. To make sure your vacation goes as smoothly as possible, you should follow these cruise safety tips.
If you do suffer an injury or some other sort of problem, please speak to a cruise injury lawyer with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins as soon as you can.
Staying Safe on a Cruise
One of the most important cruise safety tips is to make sure you pay close attention during the briefing that will take place at the beginning of your trip. Just about all cruise lines will hold a mandatory safety meeting before the ship leaves port. A lot of people might find this annoying and an inconvenience, but it will include extremely important information. For example, you’ll learn what to do in case an emergency occurs and how to get from your cabin to a safe area.
You’ll also need to keep all of your valuables at home if possible. It’s an unfortunate fact that crime on a cruise is very common. In fact, stuff is stolen on cruises far too often. Even if you plan on attending a formal dining event on the ship, you’ll need to avoid the temptation to bring your expensive jewelry. Otherwise, you could become an attractive target for a thief.
Even though your cabin will have a safe, it probably won’t be very large. It might be big enough to hold a couple of cell phones, a small laptop computer and a few pieces of jewelry. And while you obviously assume you would be able to trust all of the crew members working on your ship, remember that they will have codes to override yours if you forget it.
Also, do whatever you can to conceal your money. Unless you plan on spending a lot of time in the casino, this should be relatively straightforward. Just keep a small bit of cash on your person — you should be able to perform most transactions with your room key.
Alcohol flows freely on most cruise ships and the cost of alcoholic beverages is, in many instances, included in your fare. Whether you’re in the casino or a bar or restaurant, you need to be careful.
Always be aware of not only your limitations, but also your surroundings. The environment on a cruise ship will be unfamiliar and you could easily trip and suffer a severe injury. Never accept a drink from a stranger and always move around the ship with a friend or family member.
You might assume your passport will always be in a secure place, but accidents can happen. If you lose your passport, you could be facing a major hassle. Before you leave, make sure you scan each page of your passport and save the files in your email. That way, you’ll be able to access it from just about anywhere.
Also, it will make it a lot easier for you to obtain a replacement should you need one. On some European cruises, passengers’ passports are held to make it easier for them to clear customs.
You might want to think about obtaining travel insurance — not just to cover yourself in the event of an injury, but also to help avoid many types of potential major hassles. These include the loss of your luggage or a delay in getting your suitcases, possible medical expenses and others. If you travel internationally on a regular basis, your health insurance should cover any injuries you might sustain outside the country.
We obviously hope your vacation is as enjoyable and smooth as possible, but we also want you to know that a cruise injury lawyer with Irpino, Avin & Hawkins will be available should something go wrong. Call us at 800-7500-LAW or contact us online to learn more.