When visiting other countries on your marine vacation, personal safety should be a major concern. Foreign outlets present many challenges, including language and cultural barriers. Tourists can unintentionally become easy targets for prank thieves. If you understand the risks and take appropriate precautions, you can relax and enjoy a cruise adventure.
Cruise lines remain in constant contact with the authorities, as they monitor travel advice that may affect the routes of cruise ships. If the U.S. State Department issues a travel notification for a specific location, the cruise line may make changes to the published itinerary.
Recently, a swine flu outbreak in Mexico has caused many cruise lines to avoid Mexican call ports. However, these cases are rare. We understand that such changes are made for the safety and security of passengers.
Keep in mind, however, that travelers should bear the ultimate responsibility for their behavior while on the beach. When visiting the 0f-call ports, travelers should take some logical precautions:
- Stay in regular tourist areas. If you are traveling far away, it is best to take a guided tour. Book trips to the beach across the cruise line so they can track where you are and see if you're going back late for the ship.
- Do not leave your luggage unattended in public places.
- Be aware of the people around you.
- Never accept packages from anyone you don't know personally.
- Dress and act discreetly. As a tourist in a foreign port, keep a low profile. Drawing attention to yourself may put you at risk.
- Be careful when eating and drinking on the beach. Alcohol can weaken your judgment. If you plan to eat out at the harbor, get recommendations from the cruise line.