Cruise vacations are becoming very popular. This makes it necessary to explore both the benefits and dangers of a cruise before you book an entire vacation. Exploring the risks will help you deal with the emergency situation. The greatest thing about cruises is that they are one of the safest places for vacations. Fires, collisions, and passenger related issues account for less than a percentage every year. That being said, you should keep an open mind because you never know when you could be the victim of a bad cruise. You should always have a plan to mitigate the issues.
Below are the main risks associated with cruise ships
Cancellations and luggage loss will lead to financial loses
If the weather is predicted to be unfriendly, there is no way you are leaving for the cruise. The good news is that most cruise liners will offer you some compensation. Some do not. Cruise ships have difficult policies in place, which means it may be difficult to get fair compensation when there are certain inconveniences.
A cruise line will offer very minimal compensation for luggage or cancellation. To prevent any form of financial loss, you should have a travel insurance policy that has coverage for cruises and baggage loss. It will help you with fair compensation and also give you a piece of mind during the whole trip.
Unplanned port of call changes
It is very rare that your cruise ship will cancel the itinerary completely. In fact, it is common that the ship will suddenly change their port if there are high political and nature risks. In case of these factors, you should expect the cruise ship to navigate to alternative ports with favourable conditions. Because the cruise will not visit ports that were initial charged for, they will offer some tax reimbursements or port fee through online vouchers and credits.
You should expect some form of compensation from your cruise in case of changed destination. Never book a cruise if your intent is to visit one port; that increases your chance for disappointments. Do some extensive research on the ports and gauge the risks before you book a spot for vacation.
Crime and mishaps are a threat to some destinations
This is a rare rand startling risk for a cruise ship vacation. There is a chance that you are going to encounter life threatening situations that include ship collisions and assault. Averagely, there are only 50 recorded assaults per year. When you go off the ship, there is a high chance that you will face some form of assault or theft.
You should stay vigilant when you are n and off the cruise. Do not be flashy or wear expensive jewellery that will make you a target. Get yourself a great international travel and health insurance in case of medical emergency.
Some of the popularly known risks include sinking, fire and collisions. If you think about this, these are very rare occurrences in a cruise. Even though the risks for these are out of your control, you should do something to mitigate the stress and discomfort.