There is no getting around it, crime and violence is everywhere – you however, can protect yourself. While being inside the “gate” at the cruise port is safe, the outside environment can sometimes be not-so-sterile.

7 Cruise Port Safety tips:

photo: Nancy Schretter

photo: Nancy Schretter

1. Use A Reputable CompanyThis can start before you even step foot on your cruise ship. If you don’t book through the cruise line, book through a company that vets their shore excursion operators and is not a fly-by-night company. Some third party companies that are reputable are Cruising Excursions and Viator. Do plenty of research anytime you step foot off the ship – your safety depends on it.Sun Behind2. Meet New PeopleIt’s not a bad idea to go to the shore excursion talks on the cruise. Even if you book through another company, you can still meet folks who are doing excursions and you will have a familiar face when you’re off the ship. There are roll calls that are on Cruise Critic and ShipMate App lets you meet people before you sail.imgres3. Make Copies of DocumentsAlways have photo copies of your documents and keep them secure on the cruise ship. A lost passport could cause a lot of trouble when you get back to your homeport. Just a copy of the passport won’t be enough, make copies of the front inside and back page too. Be sure all of your passport information is filled out, including emergency contact information.You should also make copies – front and back – of your credit card.IMG_41584. Don’t Take Everything AshoreIf you are traveling together, it’s smart to leave at least one credit card and cell phone back in the room. If something ever happens, you at least have a way to get home or take care of incidentals aboard the ship.If your card were to get compromised while in port and you didn’t have payment to settle your sail account aboard, the cruise line makes you sign a promissory note that you will settle up when you get home – no one wants that hassle.

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