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Safety is the cruise industry's #1 priority.

Whether you are a first time cruiser or a long time cruising veteran, we want to provide you with the most up-to-date cruise safety information so you can feel confident with your next cruise vacation. Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) works to make sure that cruise ships provide a safe and healthy environment for their guests and crew. In order for the ship to be considered "CLIA Approved" they must be in compliance with their safety standard. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) creates a set of regulations that must be followed in order to launch a cruise ship. In addition, it is mandatory for all ships to be in concession with the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty. Make sure to book your cruise with a specialized cruise professional so you have the safest and most enjoyable experience possible.

Facts About Cruising Safety

  • Cruising is one of the safest forms of passenger transportation.
  • Ships are required to be designed and operated in obedience to strict rules and requirements instated and enforced by international law.
  • Captains and all crew members on the ship are required to participate in ongoing training of drills for emergency situations, including ship evacuations, in order to gain proper certification.
  • All cruise ships are required to have lifeboats, life rafts, and life preservers to service each person on board as well as additional capacity.
  • The average CLIA cruise ship carrying approximately 2,700 passengers and 800 crew, typically has:

    • Five firefighting teams
    • 4,000 smoke detectors
    • 500 fire extinguishers
    • 16 miles of sprinkler piping
    • 5,000 sprinkler heads and 6 miles of fire hose
  • Information of safety drills are given in multiple languages to ensure maximum understanding.
  • Ships maintain possession of advanced navigational technology and systems.
  • Every cruise ship is inspected and signed off by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • All cruise ships have a medical professional on board who is licensed and trained in minor surgery and emergency care with a minimum of three years of clinical experience.

Tips to Ensure Safe Cruising

  • Book your cruises through a trusted travel cruise professional who can assist you through the planning process and help you if there is anything you need for your voyage.
  • Make a photocopy of your credit card info, passport, insurance info, and your driver's license and leave it at home with a trusted family or friend who can access them if needed.
  • While on board, note the location of exits, stairways, evacuation stations, and life vests.
  • Let the crew know of any allergies or other special requirements that you may have.

Cruise Safety Q & A with our Cruise Professionals

Q: Is cruising safe?

A: "Yes, it is very safe. The Captain and Crew have to go through extensive ongoing training. Always keeping the passengers and themselves safe," Sandra Badgely, Master Cruise Counselor, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

Q: Are cruise ships required to have passenger safety drills?

A: "Absolutely. Once on board your vessel, you are shortly thereafter required to participate in the Safety Drill with everyone on board. All passengers must attend. It is important to keep in mind that yes, you are on vacation, but the Captain and his Crew are not. Your ship is a working vessel that is required to follow the Maritime Laws in place for your safety," Toni Bowker, Master Cruise Counselor, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

Q: How does a ship's crew prioritize the order in which passengers are loaded on a lifeboat?

A: "There is no legal priority as to which passengers are loaded first. You are assigned to a specific location and lifeboat, the order is determined by the cruise line. However, those with special needs are assigned to a lifeboat that will accommodate their needs," Shirley Naples, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

Q: Why do cruise ships still sail during bad weather? Is it safe?

A: "The ocean is a huge place. Usually, the Captain and Crew know the weather patterns and where the storm will be heading and the cruise ship can be diverted. With modern technology, the storm/hurricane can be avoided; the cruise line will cancel or delay any port stops," Rhonda Maroney, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

Q: What happens if I get sick on a cruise?

A: "There is a medical infirmary onboard every single cruise ship with medical personnel onboard to assist you," Pat Ford, Master Cruise Counselor, Luxury Cruise Specialist, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

Q: How do I get a hold of my family at home while I'm on the cruise ship?

A: "You may call your family and they may call you. Of course, this can be very pricey, so I always recommend the client to purchase the wi-fi package, if they have a smart phone, so that they can contact through Skype and emails. You can also make calls while in some ports, but I always refer my clients to go to their phone provider and get their advice as well. Some people can purchase a global package for the trip, and there is always an option to purchase SIM cards for when you are out of the country," Rushelle Buck, Montrose Travel Personal Cruise & Vacation Planner.

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Cruise only rates are in U.S. dollars, are per person, based on double occupancy, and are capacity controlled. Prices subject to change without prior notice. Government taxes and fees are additional per guest. Cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel supplement for all guests should the NYMEX oil price exceed $70 U.S. per barrel, even if the fare has already been paid in full. Other restrictions may apply. Ships' Registry: The Bahamas, Bermuda, Ecuador, Gibraltar, Great Britain, Marshall Islands, Netherlands, Norway, Panama & USA.

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