When traveling to other countries on your cruise vacation, personal safety should be the primary concern. Foreign ports present many challenges, including calls and language and cultural barriers. Tourists can inadvertently become easy targets for petty thieves and scammers. If you understand the risks and take the appropriate precautions, you can relax and enjoy your cruise adventure.
Cruise Lines maintains constant communication with the authorities, monitoring travel suggestions that may affect the cruises of their cruise ships. If the U.S. State Department issues a travel advisor for a specific location, the cruise line may adjust their published itinerary.
Recently, a swine flu outbreak in Mexico has caused several cruise lines to avoid calls to Mexican ports. However, this situation is rare. Understand that such changes have been made for the safety and security of passengers.
Keep in mind that travelers must take ultimate responsibility at their shores. When visiting ports -0f-call, travelers should take care of some common sense:
- Stay in the general tourist area. If you travel long distances, it is best to take a guided tour. Travel to the shores of the book via the cruise line so they can track your location and know if you will be late returning to the ship.
- Don’t always leave your belongings in public places.
- Be aware of the people around you.
- Never accept a package from someone you don’t know personally.
- Dress and conservative behavior. Keep a low profile as a tourist in a foreign port. Focusing on yourself can put you at risk.
- Be careful when eating and drinking on the coast. Alcohol can undermine your judgment. If you are planning to eat at the port, get recommendations from the cruise line.