a Safe Cruise
Keep your dream vacation from turning
into anything but. When you're going on a cruise, whether it's a family
vacation, a honeymoon, or just some time away, use a little common sense
to keep yourself and your valuables safe.
Victims of theft aboard cruise ships can run into yards and yards of
red tape attempting to prosecute the responsible parties. First of all,
most cruise ships require attendees to sign a waiver, keeping the cruise
line from being held liable for crimes that occur on board. Secondly,
many cruise ships are registered in foreign countries, while passengers
(including the criminals) are from various locales. Meanwhile, the ship
is sailing in water owned by still another jurisdiction. This often
puts the area of responsibility into, well, murky waters. Finally, once
passengers leave the cruise ship, it is virtually impossible to trace
your stolen belongings. Where they end up is anyone's guess.
So, be smart. Stay safe, and follow some simple rules to keep theft
from occurring in the first place.
Keep good records. Before you leave home, make an inventoried list (photographs
are helpful) of everything you have with you, and keep it someplace
safe. Record credit card and bank account numbers, and leave the list
at home. Do bring along a list of phone numbers to all of your financial
institutions (and a phone card if necessary) in case a credit card disappears;
that way you'll be able to report the loss while still on board and
avoid any fraudulent use. Most importantly, if you don't need something,
then don't take it with you. The less you have to worry about, the easier
it is to keep track of everything you're carrying.
Simply putting a suitcase under the bed in your cabin is no defense
against a determined thief. On many cruise ships, the door locks are
changed less often than those at a hotel, and your room may not be as
secure of a place as you think. If you can't leave your valuables at
home, make use of the ship's safe. Do not carry wallets in back pockets-
pickpockets and purse-snatchers are possible anywhere, even on a cruise
ship. Consider investing in an under-the-clothing money belt, which
keeps your cash safe and provides the added benefit of not allowing
you to forget your wallet lying on the table somewhere! Avoid displaying
any valuables or cash you have with you, and invest in plain but sturdy
luggage that does not draw attention to itself.
It may sound scary, but consider the fact that you take all of these
precautions and many more when you venture to a new city and stay at
a hotel. A cruise ship is a lot like a floating city, full of people
from all walks of life, and a little precaution can help save your valuables.
Not to mention your vacation!
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