Ship to Shore: Cruises are Safer Than You Think

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Cruises are known to be one of the most popular types of holidays. However, one question you may be asking is whether they are safe. The short answer to that question is yes, cruises are a very safe way to travel. However, like anything, there are always a few safety tips to keep in mind to get the most out of the experience, so here is some more information on cruise safety to put your mind at ease.

What Makes Cruises Safe?

There is a huge variety to choose from when you choose your cruise ship and itinerary, which you can see a sample of on websites like However, one thing they all share in common is that they provide a holiday in an environment where everyone is accounted for. Also, if for example, anyone did steal something, there is no way for them to make a quick getaway.

Cruise companies care a lot about their customers, and they maintain very high standards of safety. In addition, ships are checked regularly to ensure they are up to scratch. Cruise ships are also governed by international regulations for dangers such as fire.

What Are the Risks to Be Aware Of?

Although dangers such as running aground get a lot of publicity when they happen, the reality is that this kind of problem is very rare indeed. A greater risk is posed by fire, but again, this is a small one and it is something that cruise operators take very seriously indeed.

Perhaps one of the more likely problems is illness. Viruses can spread very quickly on ships, so this is something to keep in mind.

How to Stay Safe on Your Cruise

The first thing you should do is make sure you go to the safety briefings and familiarise yourself with evacuation procedures and the rules aboard the ship. This will go a long way to helping you stay safe.

When it comes to viruses and illnesses, basic hygiene will prevent most problems. Be especially careful to wash your hands at all times and to use hand sanitisers regularly.

Theft does not pose a huge risk, but there is no need to flaunt expensive items of jewellery, so either keep them at home or lock them in the safe in your cabin. Even if you do have expensive items on board, think twice about taking them with you during shore excursions.

Safety when Going Ashore

As well as keeping your expensive personal items on the ship where they are safer, there are other things to keep in mind when going ashore.

Don’t go wandering off if you don’t know the area well, and if you do want to go exploring, go with a local guide on an official tour. In places like Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, there will be a large number of excursions to choose from, so always make sure you only go with official organisations. This may or may not be one organised by the cruise line, but do your research and ensure that it is official. On excursions, always listen to safety talks and follow all the guidelines to enjoy a safe and fun experience.

Enjoy a Fun and Safe Cruise This Year

Cruises are a fantastic way to travel and see the world, and they are also very safe. Although nothing is ever 100 percent safe, cruising is often a lot safer than many other types of holidays. Just keep the basic safety tips in mind and you will have a safe holiday that will be lots of fun.



Ryan Posa loves life aboard ship. As the General Manager of Cruise Republic, he has criss-crossed the Pacific seeing the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world. He enjoys helping others find their sea legs and broaden their horizons. Follow Ryan’s sea adventures here on Twitter.