Keep your dream vacation from turning into anything but. When you are going on a cruise, whether it's a family vacation, honeymoon, or just some time away, use a little common sense to keep yourself and your valuables safe.
Victims of theft cruise ships can run into yards and yards of red tape attempting to prosecute those responsible. First of all, most cruise ships require participants to sign a waiver, keeping the shipping lanes of the responsibility for crimes committed on board. Second, many cruise ships registered in foreign countries, while passengers (including criminals) come from a variety of locales. Meanwhile, the ship is sailing in water owned by still another jurisdiction. It is often put into the area of responsibility, well, murky water. Finally, after leaving the cruise ship passengers, it is virtually impossible to keep track of your stuff stolen. Where they end up is anyone's guess.
So, be smart. Stay safe, and follow some simple rules to keep theft from occurring in the first place.
Keep good records. Before you leave home, make inventoried list (photographs are helpful) of everything you have with you, and keep it somewhere safe. Record credit card and bank account numbers, and leave the list at home. Make a list of phone numbers to carry all of your financial institution (and a phone card if necessary) in the case of a credit card is lost, that way you will be able to report a loss while still on the board and avoid scams. Most importantly, if you do not need anything, then do not take it with you. The less you have to worry about, the easier it is to keep track of everything you carry.
Simply put the suitcase under the bed in your cabin is no defense against determined thieves. On many cruises, door locks changed more often than people in a hotel, and your room may not be safe from a place as you think. If you can not leave your valuables at home, utilizing the ship safely. Do not carry your wallet in your back pocket-pickpockets and purse-snatchers are possible anywhere, even on a cruise ship. Consider investing in a belt-money-down clothes, which keeps your money secure and provide additional benefits not allow you to forget the wallet lying on a table somewhere! Avoid displaying valuables or cash you have with you, and invest in plain but sturdy luggage that does not draw attention to himself.
It may sound daunting, but consider the fact that you are taking all precautions and more when you venture into a new city and stay in a hotel. A cruise ship is very much like a floating city, filled with people from all walks of life, and a few precautions can help save your valuable belongings. Not to mention your vacation!