Loving the idea of traveling from port to port exploring a new city each day of your vacation? You have already imagined yourself with the wind in your hair, as you sunbathe on the deck waiting for your pool-side mojito, and you can’t help smile at thought of what exciting cuisine you will try at dinner tonight. But wait, those creeping concerns about safety return.
There are a few things you need to know before you embark your cruise ship. Safety is the travel industries number one concern. With that in mind CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.) has developed a Cruise Industry Safety Tool Kit to address questions or concerns about your safety at sea. Below are a few of CLIA’s thoughts.
“The cruise industry is a heavily regulated industry with safety as the top priority
- Cruising is extremely safe and one of the safest forms of travel among all comparable forms of passenger transportation. All cruise ships must be designed and operated in compliance with strict requirements of international law. Ships must follow an extraordinary number of rules and regulations to protect passengers and crew while onboard.
- Ship Captains and all crew undertake extensive and ongoing training, certification and drills for emergency situations, including ship evacuations.
- Book all cruise vacations through a trusted travel professional who can assist you through the entire travel planning process or help if there is a problem with your trip.
- Keep a photocopied packet of your passport, credit card info., and insurance info. and driver’s license at home or with friends/family where it can be accessed if needed.
- Make an emergency plan with those you are sailing with.
- Attend all mandatory safety drills and listen carefully to instructions.
- Familiarize yourself with your surroundings – exits, evacuation stations, stairways, location of life vests, etc.
- Inform the ship’s staff of any special requirements or allergies, etc. you may have.
- Be sure to ask any questions you may have about safety procedures.
- Avoid participation in risky behaviors like excessive consumption of alcohol and admitting strangers to your cabin. Report any concerns to ship security.
In short, do what you would do at home to ensure your health and safety.”
As always, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences. I hope that by sharing my experiences you find strength, hope, and solutions when you make your commitment to live beyond your illness.
Carmen M. Perez, Travel Counselor
Your Florida Travel Expert and Gal Pal Bounce Back Getaways Specialist
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