Friday, August 30, 2019

Going On Cruise? Things You Should Know For A Safe And Fun Time

Going on a cruise holiday is something to be cherished but you do want to remember it for all the right reasons. You need to bear in mind that you are not on dry land, you are effectively in a separate country with its own rules and regulations. The ship’s captain is responsible for the safety and well-being of all passengers and excessive misbehavior or disruption is dealt with swiftly and effectively. Just in case you were wondering, most cruise ships do have a custody centre where really unruly passengers or indeed crew can be confined until the next port of call. Generally speaking, passenger behavior on-board a ship of any description needs to be a few rungs above the antics you may see on an average holiday onshore.

This is not to say that you have to be as quiet as a church mouse, just be aware of the standards required and you, like tens of thousands of others, will have an enjoyable holiday cruising the high seas. If you have started looking at cruises from Melbourne 2019, you really will be spoilt for choice, with cruise durations from 2 days to 14 days. New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands are just three of the many destinations you can enjoy whilst embarking on a cruise from Melbourne.

However, just because you are on a holiday to enjoy yourself doesn’t mean you can behave in any manner you want. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts when on a cruise. 

Cruise Etiquette

As previously mentioned, there are rules that are more stringent on board a ship than they would be on land and there are also some simple precautions you can take to make sure your cruise holiday goes without a hitch.

Alcohol - Alcohol is a major contributory factor in many accidents and incidents. Know your limits and do not accept drinks from people you don’t know. The alcohol may be freely available, but this does not mean you should let your guard down completely.

Find A Friend - If you are cruising alone, it’s a good idea to find a fellow solo traveller that you can link up with. This doesn’t mean you have to hang about with each other for the whole cruise, it just shows others that you are not travelling totally solo and lessens the chances of you becoming a target for any unscrupulous passengers, contractors or crew.

Cabin Security - Make sure you are fully aware of how to lock and unlock your cabin. Don’t advertise your cabin number within the earshot of others.

Balcony Safety - No matter how tempting it is to keep the door open at night, please keep it shut and locked!
Use Your In-Cabin Safe - Obviously, a no-brainer.

Don’t Carry Large Amount Of Cash - Keep most of it locked in your safe.

Pay Attention To Safety Drills - This could potentially save your life, so pay attention!

This is in no way intended to be alarmist. But just in case  bear the points above in mind and enjoy the cruise. If you haven’t booked your cruise for 2019 yet, there’s still time and still some bargains to be had with the major cruise lines. Bon voyage!

This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.