If you’re a first-time cruiser or are relatively new to cruising, you may have some anxieties about this type of travel. You can adequately plan, be aware, and make smart choices so that you’re able to enjoy an amazing cruise experience. Check out our tips to stay safe on a cruise.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

When you’re surrounded by sunshine, in a good mood, and on vacation, it’s easy to want to drink all afternoon long. Boozy drinks and beers are plentiful both on the cruise ship and while at port. But, you want to be aware of how much alcohol you’re consuming. Limiting your alcohol consumption can allow you to be more aware of your surroundings, and you’ll feel better by the end of the day, too!

Be Aware

As you adventure throughout the ship and explore at port, keep alert, and be aware. When you know what’s going on around you, it’s easier to avoid trouble. You can have fun while still keeping an eye on your surroundings.

Keep a Copy of All Important Documents

It’s a good idea to keep an electronic and paper copy of all essential documents, like your passport. You want to be able to produce a copy if you end up losing your passport and need a replacement. Plus, it’s best to have important information handy at all times.

Put Valuables and Cash in Your Safe

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Losing a big wad of cash or expensive valuables during a cruise can be a stressful and upsetting experience. Make sure that you hide away all valuables and extra cash. Only bring some of your cash and credit cards with you when you go to explore offshore. Your cabin will have a safe, so be sure to use it.

Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) program is a free service for U.S. citizens who plan to travel abroad. You can enter all of your essential details, contact information, and travel dates and plans before you leave for your cruise. This service makes it easy for the U.S. Embassy to get a hold of you or your family if an emergency occurs.

Bring Medicine with You

If you have prescription medicine, be sure to bring it with you when you’re on and off the cruise ship. You want to have access at all times, in case of a medical emergency.

Check Weather Conditions

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If you plan to take part in excursions while at port, be sure to check the weather conditions ahead of time. You want to make sure that safe while snorkeling, surfing, or enjoying any other outdoor or water-based activities.

By following these tips, and you can stay safe and have fun on your next cruise.