A cruise is a unique type of vacation where you feel safe and secluded, so it can be easy to forget that you need to watch out for your safety while you’re living the good life. Here are some tips to make your next cruise a safe one!

1. Do your research: Before you book a cruise you should check out the CDC’s inspection rating of the cruise line. It is also a good idea to do an internet search for crime at your destination(s) so you can stay alert to those issues.

2. Protect your money and valuables: Before you depart, make sure to tell your credit card companies when and where you will be traveling so that you will have uninterrupted access to your money. Make copies of passports and other documents in case originals get misplaced. Also, don’t forget to use the safe provided to you on the ship.

3. Be a good student: Attend and pay attention to the safety instructions when you get on the ship. Make sure everyone you’re traveling with has a life vest and that you know how to put them on.

4. Blend in: Americans can often be easily spotted by what they wear. Avoid wearing bright colors, white sneakers, or clothing with noticeable logos. These items tell criminals you are a tourist, which in turn makes you a target.

5. Carry cautiously: Carry less stuff during the excursions, and only take copies of identification with you. You should not keep your wallet in your back pocket, and purses should be worn across the body rather than on the shoulder.

6. Have a Buddy system: It’s always a good idea to have safety in numbers with a buddy system or, even better, a group system. Stay with crowds, don’t walk in dark places, and be cautious on public transportation.

7. Consume responsibly: Vacationers may be inclined to drink too much, but being under the influence could increase your risk of falling victim to crime. Have at least one sober person to watch out for your group. It’s also important to consume only sealed, bottled water to ensure the water is safe to drink.

8. Travel insured: Investing in travel insurance could save you in case the precautions you take are not enough. Bring your travel insurance information with you on the trip in case of an emergency. At the very least, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you are protected while traveling.

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