Cruises are an excellent way to take an all-inclusive adventure to parts unknown. With transportation, lodgings, dining, entertainment, and more all in one floating hotel, you can truly kick back, relax, and enjoy your vacation. And best of all, the price is just right when there’s a single fee for all of the amenities that you would normally have to pay for separately. But like any type of travel, the onus is on you to some degree to behave in a safe and responsible manner. Here are just a few tips to keep cruise boat travel newbies safe on their first trip.
- Restock prescriptions. In addition to getting whatever vaccinations you’ll need for the area you’re traveling to, it’s important to make sure to refill needed prescriptions so that you have enough to see you through your trip. For a portion of your cruise you’ll be at sea, and although ships have medical facilities that stock basics (aspirin and emergency items like EpiPens, for example), they are not pharmacies. And you’ll almost certainly face a hassle when you try to order pharmaceuticals in other countries. So make sure you get all of your medical ducks in a row well in advance of your cruise.
- Stay hydrated. Whether you discover on your cruise that you suffer from motion sickness or you’re simply spending a lot of time in the sun, it’s all too easy to get dehydrated when you’re on vacation. So make sure to drink plenty of water (especially if you’re consuming alcoholic beverages). Dehydration can cause all kinds of unfortunate side effects (headaches, nausea, etc.) that could derail your fun, and if untreated, even more severe symptoms.
- Pay attention to safety instructions. Before you embark on your trip, the staff of your cruise ship will go over safety information, including where lifeboats and life vests are, where you’re supposed to go in case of emergencies, and so on. Pay attention! This information is for your safety and it’s your responsibility to be prepared should a disaster situation arise.
- Ask about a safe for valuables. Your room may or may not be equipped with a small safe for valuable items like jewelry, cash, electronic devices, and so on. But the ship certainly has a safe. So if you’re worried about leaving valuables in your room, simply speak with a concierge about having them tucked away in the ship’s safe until you need them.
- Use common sense. There’s no reason you can’t have a fun and relaxing vacation when you opt for cruise travel, but you need to use some measure of common sense if you want to remain safe and secure for the duration of your trip. When the booze is flowing and you let your guard down, other passengers could take advantage. So make sure to behave responsibly. This will help to ensure that you have a great time on the open sea, whether you’re on a cruise ship or fishing aboard an All Rivers & Saltwater Charters tour.