Your long-awaited for cruise vacation is quickly approaching. Like any traveler, you’re likely planning what you’re going to bring aboard, what you’re going to wear, and are making sure that you have the right camera on hand to take those perfect vacation selfies. But while it may be easy to get caught up in the excitement of an upcoming getaway, many cruise passengers often overlook important practical preparations that could keep them safe in the event of an emergency on the high seas. That being said, our cruise ship accident attorneys here at LMAW have put together an easy pre-departure checklist that can help ensure that you and your loved ones are well-prepared for your next cruise vacation and stay as safe as possible.
1. Stay informed and keep the right people informed. No one wants to think about worst case scenarios, but every year passengers are sexually assaulted, robbed, and hurt while on board cruise ships. Before you leave, speak to your travel agent or do some research on your own and find out the age of the ship you’ll be sailing on and the vessel’s country of registration. Then, register your vacation with the U.S. Department of State. If there is any problem, the authorities will have all the necessary and correct information at their disposal. More importantly, if any of your important documents are stolen, misplaced or damaged, the U.S. government will have your records on file. This can drastically reduce the time it can take to investigate an accident or crime, as well as protect your rights.