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People have a tendency to get caught up in the excitement of jumping on a ship that will take them around to dozens of ports and they often forget to listen to the safety instructions.

While it might seem boring or common sense, these safety instructions could be the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.

If you are planning on taking part in a relaxing vacation aboard a ship, here is a quick guide to ship or travel safety that can help you in the event of an emergency.

Cruise Ship docked at Woodbridge Bay Port in Dominica

Create a Travel Document Packet:

A travel document packet will help you in the event you should lose your information while on vacation. Before traveling take time to scan all important travel documents such as airline tickets, credit cards, passports, birth certificates and other information. Place all information in a packet and leave it at home. In the event of an emergency, you can have a trusted friend or family member obtain the documents and send them to you.

Pay Attention to “No-Go” Areas:

It might be tempting to want to travel all over a port, but some ports have ‘no-go’ areas that are often dangerous to tourists. When your cruise ship docks, take time to look over what areas are considered ‘no-go’ areas and try to avoid them. They are placed on that list for a reason!

Keep Valuables Close at Hand:

The best advice possible for anyone on vacation is to leave valuables at home, but if you have to take them with you, keep them close at hand. Do not leave any valuable out of sight even for a minute. Leaving valuables out of your sight can be tempting to individuals who are looking to steal or take your valuables.

Pay Attention to the Safety Instructions:

Every ship offers a mandatory safety meeting that all passengers must attend. It might be tempting to ignore what is being said, but in the event of an emergency that can be a poor choice. Safety meetings often cover what to do in the event of an emergency, where the life vests are, how to contact ship employees, and other valuable information that can be the difference between life and death should an emergency occur.

Vacations provide rest, relaxation, and the opportunity to do unique and fun things, but you should be prepared for any emergency situation you might encounter. Follow these quick safety tips and your next vacation aboard a cruise ship will be safe and filled with fun and excitement.

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