February 19, 2018

12 Tips to Keep You Safe on Your Next Family Cruise


The recent cruise ship disaster involving the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy has dominated the news lately, leaving many to wonder about cruise safety and the overall impact of this incident on the cruise industry. Given the popularity of cruises among families, I wanted to share 12 tips to help you and your family stay safe on your next cruise, courtesy of #CruiseChat and Mommy Musings.

  • Attend the muster drill (aka lifeboat drill), and more importantly, pay attention. If you have questions, ask. The muster drill is required to take place within 24 hours of the start of your cruise.
  • Memorize, or at least identify, the quickest route from your cabin to open decks and your muster station. During the muster drill, children will receive a wristband with their muster station.
  • In the event of an evacuation, just go, now. Don’t go back to your cabin for valuables, passports, etc. A good tip is to scan your family’s passports to a PDF file and email them to yourself, which can save time at the U.S. Embassy getting new passports.
  • Jumping from the ship is the last resort in case of emergency. Explore every alternative first.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when you’re on a ship, just as you would on land.
  • Don’t hang clothing or laundry on your balcony. It’s a fire hazard. Throwing cigarette butts over the side of the ship, also a fire hazard. Be cautious with anything that can set anything else on fire (e.g., curling iron, candles, etc.).
  • Don’t flash cash or carry valuables ashore. You never know who is watching you.
  • Make sure your cabin door closes completely and you hear the door latch when you leave the room.
  • Don’t bring more than one credit card ashore and carry only the cash you need for the day’s purchases.
  • Only book shore excursions through the ship or a well-known independent vendor (like Shore Trips).
  • Research ports of call in advance and be familiar with the layout and areas you’ll visit.
  • Don’t get into a vehicle or go anywhere with an unknown local, no matter what.

Do you have any great tips for staying safe and having fun while on a family cruise? I’d love to hear your tips and advice.


  1. Jessica Festa says:

    What a very timely article! I feel that this is a great list and one everyone should read before embarking on a cruise. Especially tip #1, since hardly anybody pays attention. You really never know what can happen, and I think the news of late proves that!

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