Just like with every other type of holiday there are certain precautions that you should take note of before your cruise holiday to ensure your safety both on board and in port.

Use your stateroom safe

This is simple advice and hopefully you usually exercise the same caution when you’re enjoying a land holiday. When you get on board just be sure to pop all your valuables, passports, money, credit cards and any precious jewellery into your safe and only remove them when you need to use them.

Just don’t forget to empty your safe when you disembark the ship at the end of your cruise holiday!

Be vigilant

You should always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you too. Don’t accept drinks from strangers, don’t engage with anyone who makes you feel in any way uncomfortable and if you spot anything strange going on that doesn’t sit well with you then don’t be afraid to report it to a member of staff or the reception desk.

Always wash your hands

I really shouldn’t have to be reminding you of this but you’d probably be surprised how many people don’t bother washing their hands after using the bathroom or before meals. It’s especially important to do this when on board a cruise ship as viruses can spread very quickly in this type of environment. Always wash your hands and use the hand sanitiser dispensers that are usually located throughout the ship. They’re there for a reason!

Stay safe in port

Remember to always keep your guard up and stay safe when in port too, even if you are on an organised shore excursion. Don’t wear flashy jewellery, keep your bags zipped and keep purses, wallets and mobile phones out of sight of potential thieves and pickpockets.

Be safe in the sun

Just like a land-based holiday you should always make sure you’re wearing plenty of sunscreen and don’t lie in the sun too long. You’re actually more at risk of becoming sunburned when out at sea as the sun’s rays are projected off the sea and the wind created by sailing can lull you into a false sense of security as you don’t actually feel like you’re burning.

Pack a first aid kit

Of course all major cruise lines have surprisingly advanced hospital areas on board and will be able to attend to anything untoward that might happen to you (touch wood it doesn’t!) however, they can be extremely expensive. One of my essential packing items is a small first aid kit full of essentials such as bite cream, plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes and painkillers. That way I don’t have to worry about paying a hefty bill if all I really need is a bandage for a cut finger! If you think you might be at risk of being seasick (luckily I’m not prone to this!) then be sure to take some tablets or other form of anti-seasickness medication just to be on the safe side.

Don’t drink too much

It can be incredibly tempting to overindulge while on your cruise holiday as the sun is shining, you’re feeling relaxed, the food is delicious and the drinks are flowing. Don’t make the mistake of becoming too drunk and having to be dealt with by the staff on board. Know what your limit is and don’t go over it, even if you are on an all-inclusive drinks package.

Pay proper attention at your muster drill

The chances of you ever having to abandon ship and evacuate your cruise ship are incredibly slim however, it’s worth paying proper attention to the cruise safety instructions given to you during your muster drill. Make sure you know the route from your stateroom to your muster point and know where life-jackets are stowed within your stateroom. The chances of anything untoward happening on your cruise are statistically dramatically less than the chance of you being run over in most major cities (!!) but you’re better safe than sorry.

Make sure you have travel insurance

If something does go wrong during your cruise holiday then make sure you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover you.