Are cruises safe? Here’s what you need to know about cruise ship security and safety

Ashley Kosciolek

If you've watched the news at any point over the past several years, it's likely you've seen disturbing stories about cruise ship norovirus or COVID-19 outbreaks and passengers "falling" overboard. Combine that with reports of sexual assault and fistfights, and it's no surprise you might be wondering whether cruise ships are safe.

Here, I'll address some prospective passengers' biggest concerns and offer tips and advice on cruise ship safety so you can maintain peace of mind on your voyage.

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Are cruise ships safe?

Let's cut right to the chase: Yes, cruise ships are generally safe as long as you use common sense and remember that vessels are not impervious to accidents, illness or people who just don't know how to behave. As with any place you might live or visit ashore, there are risks, but those risks can be mitigated if you keep a few simple tenets top of mind.

The key thing to recognize is that you should maintain the same level of awareness, self-control and vigilance as you would anywhere else. When you're in your hometown, would you invite a complete stranger into your bedroom, leave your wallet unattended in plain sight or allow your very young child to run around unsupervised? If the answer is no, you shouldn't be doing those things on a cruise ship, either. (And if the answer is yes, I have questions.)

Although you have power over the above, sometimes circumstances are beyond your control. Perhaps the weather is bad, or something mechanical goes wrong with the vessel. Cruise ships are equipped with advanced navigational equipment to avoid storms, and engine room contingencies allow onboard operations to continue, even if the ship's speed or propulsion is affected.

Ships also employ entire onboard teams of engineers and mechanics who are able to fix problems on the spot, as well as crew members trained to fight fires. The bridge — the ship's main control center — is constantly in touch with shoreside teams who provide additional assistance.

With that, here's a bit more advice on how to make your sailing safer, followed by answers to some of your most burning safety-related queries.

Cruise safety tips

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Cruise ship safety measures are in place on every vessel in every major cruise line's fleet. However, there are some extra tips you can follow to stay safe on a cruise.

  • Pay attention during the muster drill. Muster drills are a pain, and nobody likes them. However, they tell you what to do in case of an emergency, so it behooves you to pay attention. The information offered during them — including where your muster station is and how to properly don a life jacket — could end up saving your life.
  • Keep a close eye on your keycard. Treat it the same as you'd treat a credit card or your keys. It grants access to your cabin and also serves as your onboard charge card for purchases. If you lose it, report it to guest services immediately so they can deactivate the old one and issue you a replacement.
  • Lock up your valuables. Keep your jewelry, passports, wallets, electronics and other important items locked in your cabin safe when you aren't using them, and don't leave them lying unattended in public areas.
  • Don't invite strangers to your cabin. Don't tell them your cabin number or otherwise divulge sensitive personal information. If you're cruising by yourself, also use caution when telling people you're alone.
  • Supervise your children. Allowing young children to roam the ship alone without an adult or member of the youth club staff is not only potentially unsafe but also can be an annoyance to other passengers.
  • Avoid drinking so much alcohol that you lose your wits. It could lead to slipping and falling or cause you to engage in unsafe behaviors, such as entering crew areas or climbing on railings. It also could make you more susceptible to theft or assault. Plus, hangovers can really put a damper on the next day's fun.
  • Steer clear of crew-only areas, and never stand on furniture or climb anywhere you aren't supposed to be. Restricted areas are restricted for a reason, and entering them can result in injury or death.
  • Don't assume everyone on your sailing is trustworthy. Simply being on the same ship doesn't mean your fellow passengers are on the up and up. Most are, but some might not be. Treat strangers with the same level of scrutiny as you would in any other environment.

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Are there police on cruise ships?

Do cruise ships have police? Is there security on cruise ships? Again, the answer is yes. Cruise ship police officers are more like security guards, many of whom serve as law enforcement officers or members of the military in their countries of residence when they aren't working on board.

Cruise security guards have the authority to break up fights and mitigate passenger hostility, drunkenness and other inappropriate behavior. They also have the authority to place rowdy, violent or otherwise dangerous passengers in the ship's jail, known as a brig .

Serious rule violations could warrant cruisers' removal from the ship at the next port of call and notification of authorities. However, maritime law is dicey and often unclear when it comes to which country has jurisdiction over crimes that happen in international waters.

Will I get sick on a cruise?

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Getting sick on a cruise is a possibility, as it is anywhere you go. However, ships are held to high cleanliness standards that are dictated and monitored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via the Vessel Sanitation Program, which was implemented in the 1970s.

The VSP requires all passenger ships that carry more than 13 people to submit to random, unannounced inspections if they wish to visit ports in the U.S. The requirements are rigorous, and any score lower than 86 out of 100 is considered failing. (Scores and lists of infractions for all ships can be found on the VSP website .)

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the biggest health threat on ships was norovirus , which manifests as a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness that's easily spread through food contamination and surface contact in close quarters.

After the coronavirus shut down the industry, cruise lines further strengthened their protocols to include safeguards against airborne pathogens. They included social distancing and mask-wearing requirements , as well as the enhancement of air filtration systems. Other measures included contact tracing protocols, mandatory vaccination requirements and the expansion of onboard medical facilities and staff.

Many of the COVID-19-related policies — including requirements for mask-wearing and mandatory vaccination — have been relaxed, but the lines are able to reinstate them quickly if needed.

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In addition to following cruise ship wellness policies, there are other ways you can minimize your chances of becoming ill when you sail. The best way to avoid both catching and transmitting germs is to wash your hands, particularly before eating and after using the restroom or coming in contact with high-touch surfaces like handrails and elevator buttons.

Hand sanitizer is plentiful on ships, too; while it's great for use between trips to the sink, it shouldn't be a substitute for thorough and frequent hand-washing. Additionally, when you cough or sneeze, do so into your upper arm or the crook of your elbow.

With regard to seasickness , toss a couple of remedies into your bag when you're packing. Tried-and-true options include Dramamine or Bonine pills, acupressure bands, ginger candies and behind-the-ear patches. In a pinch, seek out a green apple or ginger ale from the buffet or room service.

Also make sure you're getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen with an appropriate SPF and knowing your limits when it comes to alcohol.

Above all, if you're feeling ill before embarkation, don't cruise. Take advantage of your travel insurance 's cancel for any reason coverage (if that's included in your particular policy) to get your money back and avoid spreading sickness to others.

Can you fall off a cruise ship?

Yes, it's possible to fall off a cruise ship , but it doesn't happen without effort. To help ensure passenger safety, cruise vessels' cabin balconies and outdoor decks have railings that are roughly chest height on an average-size person. Thick metal or Plexiglas panels or metal bars are positioned under the railings to prevent people from slipping through. Even so, it's important to keep a close watch on young children at all times.

Most people who go overboard fall because they were inebriated, entered a restricted area or engaged in behavior they shouldn't have — such as standing on railings or furniture or climbing between balconies — or a combination thereof.

It's not possible for someone to slip on a wet deck or trip over a door frame and simply fall off a cruise ship.

Do cruise ships have enough lifeboats?

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Yes, they do. Following the sinking of the Titanic, which didn't have enough lifeboats for everyone, the international maritime community developed Safety of Life at Sea standards. Under SOLAS, passenger ships are now required to carry enough lifeboats for all passengers. They are outfitted with navigation and communications equipment and basic necessities required for survival until help arrives.

Additionally, ships are required to hold muster drills for all cruisers prior to the start of each voyage, even for passengers who have cruised before. During the drills, guests learn what to do and where to report in the event of an emergency. They also learn what the emergency signal sounds like and how to put on a life jacket. (Ships must also carry enough life jackets for everyone, including specially designed ones for children and pets.)

Do cruise ships have doctors?

Yes, all big mainstream oceangoing cruise ships have trained medical staff on board, usually a combination of doctors and nurses. Many cruise lines increased the number of medical professionals on their ships following the onset of COVID-19.

Cruise ship medical centers are equipped to perform basic stabilization in the event of accidents, illness and other emergencies. They are not full hospitals, though, which means beds are limited, and they lack more complex treatment capabilities. They are designed to keep passengers stabilized and comfortable until they can be sent to a nearby land-based hospital.

They can, however, treat things like seasickness, cuts and bruises and other minor ailments without the need to offload passengers. They are also now equipped to conduct COVID-19 testing and isolation, and ventilators are on hand in the event that any serious cases arise.

Note that because they are never far from land-based medical care, most river cruise vessels do not have onboard medical staff. Additionally, medical care can be expensive on cruise ships that do offer it. It's generally not covered by regular health insurance, so always purchase a travel insurance policy.

Bottom line

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So, are cruises dangerous? The answer is, generally, no. They're safe if you follow the same common-sense practices you'd use anywhere else. It's easy to let your guard down when you're having a great time on vacation, but remember: Cruise ships are like floating cities, which means they aren't immune to potential dangers.

Cruise ship safety is the responsibility of both the cruise line and individual passengers. Make sure to exercise an appropriate level of vigilance by protecting your valuables, refraining from inviting strangers to your cabin or giving out too much personal information, paying attention to muster drills, frequently washing your hands, keeping an eye on your children, staying out of restricted areas and knowing your limits when it comes to alcohol consumption.

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Wondering Are Cruise Ships Safe? What You Need To Know In 2024

By: Author David Chapman

Posted on Last updated: February 21, 2024

Categories CRUISE PLANNING , ONBOARD EXPERIENCE , PREPARE

Embarking on a cruise ship adventure with your family can be a thrilling yet daunting experience. The question, ‘Are cruise ships safe for my family?’ is one that many parents ponder. Keep reading to put your mind at ease!

Safety is deeply ingrained in the cruise experience. Cruise ships boast some of the lowest incident rates in travel, thanks to rigorous safety standards, regular inspections, and expertly trained staff. These floating resorts are equipped with life-saving equipment, adhere to stringent safety protocols, and feature the latest in safety technology, including state-of-the-art navigation systems and continuous crew training.

Key Takeaways

  • Stringent Safety Regulations and Regular Inspections: Cruise ships adhere to rigorous international safety standards and undergo regular inspections to ensure the highest level of safety for all passengers and crew.
  • Advanced Safety Equipment and Technology: Modern cruise ships are equipped with state-of-the-art safety and navigational technology, including life-saving equipment, advanced communication systems, and emergency response tools.
  • Proactive Health and Sanitation Measures: Enhanced health and sanitation protocols, including stringent cleanliness practices, medical facilities, and health screenings, are in place to ensure passenger well-being and prevent illness outbreaks.
  • Enhanced Security Measures Against Crime: Cruise ships implement robust security measures, including onboard security personnel, surveillance systems, and strict access controls, to ensure passenger safety and prevent onboard crime.

Cruise Ship Safety Regulations

Learning from past mistakes like the structure and lifeboat capacity that affected many lives on the RMS Titanic, technology and regulations are stricter than ever. All the best preventative, safety, and security measures are taken, including rigorous manufacturing regulations.

All cruise ships must have compartmentalized welded construction for flooding and fire containment, plus their bridge design must have all-around visibility.

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Here are the current regulations required by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act :

  • Echo sounder, ECDIS, AIS, and radar navigational aid.
  • DGPS and precision position finding equipment and a Voyage Data Recorder.
  • Satellite communication, GMDSS, and VHF.
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).
  • Lifeboats and rafts must be enclosed, and there must be enough for all crew and passengers plus extra.
  • A life jacket and emergency immersion suites for every crew member and passenger.
  • A weather forecast system that can track hurricanes, storms, iceberg locations, and their drift patterns. 
  • A helicopter pad for emergency evacuation and rescue services.
  • A Public announcement system to communicate safety drills, emergency, and evacuation procedures.
  • A resident doctor (physician) and a nurse.

All the crew undergo safety training, and passengers must do a safety and emergency evacuation drill before the ship embarks.

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Safety Equipment And Technology Onboard Cruise Ships

Crew ships have strict guidelines and equipment that ensure passenger and crew safety in the case of an emergency. Safety equipment on cruise ships is essential and specifically designed to provide passengers and crew with the best possible chance in disaster strikes.

Here is a list of the safety equipment and technology typically found on cruise ships:

When pondering the question, ‘What is the most crucial safety equipment on a cruise ship?’, lifeboats frequently emerge as the top answer. Integral to maritime safety, lifeboats are more than just a requirement; they are a lifeline in emergencies. Today’s lifeboats are a far cry from the simple dinghies of the past. These sophisticated safety vessels are not only enclosed, providing enhanced protection against the elements, but they are also equipped with essential survival tools, including provisions, first aid kits, and a small engine capable of sustaining operation for approximately 24 hours.

The adequacy of lifeboats extends beyond their mere presence. Factors such as their quantity, capacity, structural integrity, strategic placement, and ease of accessibility are critical components of a ship’s safety protocol. Each lifeboat is designed to meet stringent safety standards, ensuring it can withstand harsh maritime conditions. Rigorous testing and adherence to international safety and design regulations are mandatory before lifeboats are deemed sea-worthy.

Regular maintenance and inspection are cornerstone practices in the lifecycle of a lifeboat. Frequent drills and checks are conducted to guarantee their optimal functionality, ensuring that in the unlikely event of an emergency, these life-saving vessels are prepared to safely transport passengers and crew away from danger.

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Life Rafts And Life Floats

Life rafts are a secondary means of life-saving equipment on cruise ships. Like lifeboats, life rafts are designed for emergencies in case the cruise ship is abandoned. Generally, life rafts are used by the crew in emergencies because they are not as big and comfortable as lifeboats. 

Life rafts are inflated with carbon dioxide found in a storage cylinder packed inside the raft. Small cranes called davits lower life rafts into the sea after being inflated and boarded by the ship’s crew. Life rafts go through rigorous testing to ensure they hold up in case of an emergency and include:

  • Jump test 
  • Weight test
  • Towing test 
  • Damage test
  • Inflation test
  • Pressure test
  • Seam strength test

All these tests are essential to ensure that the life raft can handle all the tough conditions and situations that may occur during an emergency. 

Life floats offer an additional means of emergency support in the water.  Life floats are typically open-topped and more simplistic in design compared to the enclosed structure of a lifeboat. They are designed to keep passengers afloat and out of the water.

 Unlike lifeboats, life floats may not have propulsion systems or extensive survival equipment. They are equipped with basic safety features like grab lines, reflective material, and sometimes minimal survival gear.

The primary purpose of a life float is to provide immediate flotation assistance to people in the water, keeping them together and increasing their visibility for rescue.

Rescue Boats

A cruise ship may encounter another boat in distress or a passenger or crew member falling overboard. Although these are rare, cruise ships have rescue boats designed and designated for those emergencies.

Rescue boats vary in size, but they are mostly small and lightweight, and their main function is to rescue anyone in distress, tow a buoyant apparatus or life raft. Rescue boats are uniquely designed to remain stable during a rescue operation and are launched quickly from either side of the cruise ship. 

Rescue boats are launched via davit because they are made from fiberglass, although they have buoyancy chambers to ensure stability. Like life rafts, rescue boats are subject to rigorous tests that include: 

  • Overload testing
  • Operation testing
  • Maneuverability testing

Life Preservers Or Personal Floatation Devices

Life jackets are essential to all crew and passengers’ safety, and they are tested for the following: 

  • Temperature cycling
  • Fire resistance

Floating devices like life jackets are made from a reflective material to make spotting it easy, plus it is fitted with a light that aluminates once they come in contact with water. A whistle is fitted to the life jacket to get the attention of rescue personnel.

There are various types and sizes, either inflated orally, with carbon dioxide chambers, or a solid buoyancy life jacket fitted with foam.

Ring-Life Buoys

Ring-Life buoys are standard life-saving floating devices, and they are visible through cruise ships, especially at swimming pools and everywhere around the outer decks. Ring-Life buoys are the fastest way to aid anyone by quickly tossing it to a passenger who has fallen overboard or to someone in the swimming pool. 

As per SOLAS regulations, the number of ring life buoys required for a cruise ship depends on size. So, for instance, cruise ships less than 200 feet must have 8 ring-life buoys, while ships longer than 780 feet require 30 ring-life buoys.

SOLAS requirements for ring-life buoys necessitate various specifications that include:

  • It must withstand a free fall into the water from above the ship’s waterline or at least 98 feet without sustaining damage.
  • A ring-life buoy must weigh a minimum of 5 1/2 pounds and be able to keep 32 pounds of iron afloat for 24 hours in freshwater.

Ring-life buoys go through rigorous tests, including:

  • Temperature cycling test
  • Oil resistance test
  • Floatation test
  • Strength test
  • Operational light and self-activating smoke signal tests

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Survival Suits

When a cruise ship is in distress, and one crew or passengers finds themselves in the water, it is essential to know that the biggest threat is not drowning but hypothermia . ( The Titanic incident provides such an example.)

Cruise ships have survival suits, also known as immersion suits , in the unlikely event that someone is in the waters. 

Immersion suits are specifically designed to protect against hypothermia. These suits keep the body temperature from falling below 35 degrees Celsius inside the suit for at least six hours when exposed to water temperatures of 0 degrees Celsius.

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Communication Systems

Communication on cruise ships is essential, especially regarding safety and emergencies. No communication or miscommunication can lead to chaos; communication becomes vital when thousands of people must be directed or informed. 

Communication comes in various forms, including:

  • Alarm system 
  • Public address system
  • VHF radios (walkie-talkies)

If the cruise ship is abandoned, communication devices like walkie-talkies and loudspeaker systems are also installed in lifeboats. 

Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB)

Finding a cruise ship in distress on the vast ocean requires special equipment. Rescue teams rely on radio signals, EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons), sent via satellite to pinpoint the cruise ship or lifeboat’s exact location. EPIRB are electronic devices that float and send coordinates like a GPS location. 

Distress Signals

If you cannot see the ship or lifeboat, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon is helpful, but what if a nearby rescue vessel is not linked to the signal? Flares are essential once a rescue vessel like a helicopter or boat is near and in sight. Flares, commonly parachute flares, are used to signal any rescue party. 

Red-colored Rocket parachute flares are used, and crew members are trained to shoot these flares and know how to and how many to shoot in an emergency. The flare draws attention to the distressed vessel’s location and is part of a lifeboat’s emergency equipment.

Are Cruise Ships Safe? Crew Training And Drills That Make It So

All crew members undergo drills and safety and security training supervised by a safety officer. Crew training is mandatory and happens before every departure. A pre-departure inspection includes walking with the safety officer through the ship, where safety systems, guest safety issues, and escape routes are identified.

Training includes:

  • Ship Safety Orientation Training
  • Security Awareness Training 
  • Personnel Nominated to Assist Passengers in an Emergency Training
  • Pre-Departure Safety Training
  • Crowd Management Training
  • Safety observation

Crew members also get training in drills like:

  • Fire Fighting
  • Security Threats
  • Search and Rescue
  • Man Overboard
  • Medical 
  • Chemical and Oil Spill
  • Emergency Steering 
  • Damage Control
  • Blackout Recovery 
  • Lifeboat Command
  • Crowd Management

Crew are trained in all aspects of security and safety, and to execute it properly and successfully, they also get leadership, environmental policy, communication, and ethics training.

Common Safety Concerns And Prevention Measures During Cruise Travel

Everyday safety is essential on a cruise ship, and various prevention methods ensure it is safe for passengers. Like any hotel or resort, cruise ships have procedures, personnel, and equipment to handle a range of unexpected scenarios.  

Common Illness And Disease Concerns

Cruise ships screen passengers for infectious diseases before they embark; this reduces potential health risks to other passengers. Outside of the COVID-19 pandemic era, the most commonly reported outbreaks on cruise ships have been GI illnesses such as the norovirus .

Potential cruise ship travelers can consult the CDC’s Travelers Health website for updated information regarding any health and outbreak specifics.

If a passenger shows any symptoms of a transmittable disease during the cruise. In that case, the ship may conduct a medical screening of all passengers and quarantine or isolate infected ones.

If the cruise ship has left port and you start showing possible symptoms, you should reach out to guest services and/or the medical center. If you call first, they can evaluate whether someone should come to your stateroom instead of you traveling through the ship to reach the medical center (and perhaps spreading something troubling).

The cruise ship’s medical staff will provide the necessary care and take preventative and health control measures if the situation requires it. The medical center is also responsible for reporting any potential public health risks.

Fire Safety

Being isolated far from the land makes cruise ships vulnerable to various safety hazards, and cruise ships take fire very seriously. Although fires are uncommon and mostly occur in the engine room , cruise ships have all the equipment and measures to ensure all passengers’ safety.

If a cruise ship has a 2700-passenger capacity, the vessel must have the following fire equipment in place:

  • Fire marshals (five)
  • Smoke detectors (4,000)
  • Fire extinguishers (500)
  • Sprinkler piping (16 miles)
  • Sprinkler heads (5,000)
  • Fire hose (six miles)

Maritime Crime

Crime is relatively low on cruise ships, and every possible measure is taken to ensure that passengers are safe. Cruise ships have security officers who handle theft, assault, and other crime-related acts and strive to keep everyone safe. On larger ships, the security personnel will often wear body cameras. Cruise ships also place cameras throughout public areas and elevators to identify persons and prevent crimes, violence, or erratic behavior.

Part of the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act requires that cruise ships entering or leaving U.S. ports must track reports of criminal activity and report crimes to the FBI. The Department of Transportation posts compilations of these quarterly incident reports on its website.

Cruise ships have various security measures, staff, and equipment, but like everywhere in the world, passengers also have some accountability. Passengers are warned not to accept drinks from strangers and to keep their cabins locked to ensure their belongings are safe.

Many people think piracy is something of the ancient past, but it still happens today. There have not been any attacks on cruise ships by pirates in recent years. Cruise ships between Yemen and Somalia in the Arabian Sea, where piracy is still active, take steps to minimize a potential attack. 

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Cruise ships dim exterior lights when traveling in pirate-invested waters and ask passengers to dim cabin lights to minimize visibility. Extra security personnel accompany cruise ships if their route goes in or near areas where there could be a potential threat from pirates.

Ship Safety

A hundred years ago, cruise ships were the only and safest way to travel across the ocean, but today airplanes are commonly used, and cruise ships are more of a holiday experience. Everyone recalls the famous Titanic incident and wonders if it could happen again. Although cruise ship sinkings are rare , the sinking of the Titanic was not an isolated incident.

One beneficial result of the Titanic incident is that various measures were implemented after it sunk to ensure it never happened again. All cruise ships in America regularly undergo rigorous inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard to ensure it is safe. All cruise ships are subject to international SOLAS (Safety Of Life At Sea) rules regulating all navigation, safety, and maritime security.

Passenger Safety Briefings And Protocols 

Before a cruise ship leaves its embarkation port , conducting a comprehensive safety briefing for all passengers is not just a routine but a mandatory practice. Cruise ships must conduct the safety briefing and muster drill so that every passenger understands the emergency procedures and knows how to respond effectively in various scenarios.

The relevant information may be communicated through some combination of video and life demonstration. Regardless of the precise communication methods, passengers are briefed on how to locate and use life jackets, identify muster stations, and the process of evacuation. By familiarizing passengers with these procedures, the aim is to ensure a well-organized and calm response, minimizing confusion and chaos in the rare event of an emergency.

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Cruise Muster Station And Muster Drill

The safety briefing onboard a crew ship starts with a muster drill. Muster means ” To assemble,” it happens when everybody onboard gathers for the safety drill and briefing, also called the muster drill. Muster drills are mandatory within 24 hours of boarding the crew ship, per the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea .

When the crew and passengers assemble for the safety protocols, the crew briefs everyone on what to do in the case of an emergency, which includes:

  • The sound of the emergency alarm.
  • Where to gather when the alarm is sound (meeting point), assembly points can include places like the theater that accommodate a large crowd, but it is mostly done out on deck.
  • Where to get their life jackets and how to properly secure them.
  • Nominated crew members in control at the station points.
  • Taking the names of everyone that should be there.
  • The procedures to follow for the various emergencies, including evacuation and various escape routes if necessary.

There are various other safety instructions included in the briefing that may not require all the crew and passengers to evacuate; these isolated incidents, like theft, medical emergencies, fights, etc., are also discussed during the safety brief.

The captain will mimic a nautical emergency once the safety protocols are explained to all the passengers. This simulation emergency allows passengers to familiarize themselves with the safety protocols. The simulation also provides the crew with the opportunity to identify anyone that needs better instruction.

The safety protocols and procedures are mandatory and include everyone regardless of age or disability. Many passengers have been on cruise ships before, have been through the safety protocols, and are not exempt from the muster drill , including the captain and all crew members.

Closing Thoughts

As you plan your next cruise, rest assured that your safety is the foundation of cruise operations. The diligence and expertise of highly trained crew members, combined with advanced safety technology and rigorous protocols, will seamlessly integrate safety into every aspect of your journey. So relax and leave your worries on shore!

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Are Cruise Ships Safe? – 10 Facts About Cruise Safety

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Last updated on December 16th, 2022 at 10:34 am

With the recent Carnival Cruise man overboard incident , the discussion on cruise ships’ safety has once again intensified.

Travelers planning to go on a cruise are asking the all-time famous question, “Are Cruise ships safe”?

Well, the answer to this question is straightforward: “It is still absolutely safe to go on a cruise.” Why we think so you ask? Let us present to you ten facts about cruise safety that will surely help you to decide whether you agree with us about the cruise safety or not.

All cruise ships are designed and operated in accordance with strict International Law. The cruise industry is heavily regulated by International Maritime and U.S. Laws to ensure that the cruise are operated safely.

Statistically, cruises are one of the safest forms of travel; the odds of dying on a cruise ship are roughly 1 in 6.25 million. Now imagine how safe it is!

As per a research conducted by the Daspit Law Firm , cruise ships have the lowest rate of deaths per billion passenger miles, with 0.08, compared to 11.9 for rail travel, 3.3 for cars & trucks and 0.8 for commercial air.

As per the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) , on average, a cruise ship undergoes more than 60 safety and other types of inspections to ensure that it is seaworthy and complies with international safety standards.

As per CLIA, from 2009-2019, the cruise industry’s capacity grew by 68%. During that same period, the overall number of operational incidents declined by 41%, and man-overboard incidents decreased by 35%.

As per the international requirements, every cruise ship must be equipped with enough survival craft, including lifeboats and life rafts, to accommodate at least 125 per cent of the number of persons on board.

All survival crafts onboard a cruise ship are required to be tested ashore before fitting on the vessel and meet rigorous international guidelines.

An average cruise ship carrying 2700 passengers and 800 crew is required to have the following safety measures in place:

  • 5 firefighting teams
  • 4,000 smoke detectors
  • 500 fire extinguishers
  • 16 miles of sprinkler piping
  • 5,000 sprinkler heads
  • 6 miles of fire hose.

As required by the International Maritime Organization, crew members with designated responsibility for the safety of passengers in emergency situations must complete approved training in crisis management and human behavior.

Apart from this, the crew responsible for embarking and disembarking passengers, for loading, discharging or securing cargo, or for closing hull openings onboard passenger ships, must complete approved training in passenger safety, cargo safety and hull integrity.

Modern cruise ships are required to have state-of-the-art electronic navigational instruments, and most ships substantially exceed these regulatory requirements, making them less prone to maritime disasters.

Overall, cruise ships are safe. Of course, like all other transport modes, one needs to be alert. The risk of drowning is always there, but due to the safety measures onboard, this risk is minimal. On your part ensure that you familiarize yourself with the ship & attend all the safety drills.

So what do you think? Are cruise ships safe? Do you agree with us that cruises are safe! Or do you still have some doubts in your mind? Do share your views in the comments section.

Till then, Keep cruising!

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Great article, never knew the amount of resources cruise ships had to have. Point 3: Death rates is fascinating especially compared to train travel which folks tend to not worry about in the slightest! and Point 8:the Emergency Resources / teams they have in place and on-board is amazing.

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Cruise Ship Sizes: A Comprehensive Guide

by Judith Eve | Sep 12, 2023 | Cruise Planning & Cruiser Lifestyle

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When it comes to planning a cruise vacation, one of the biggest decisions is choosing the right cruise ship size. The size of the ship can affect everything from the number of fellow passengers you'll be sharing the ship with to the onboard dining and entertainment options. With so many different cruise ship sizes available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is best for you.

In this article, I will discuss the different cruise ship sizes and what you can expect from each one. From the largest mega-ships to the smaller boutique ships, each size has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. By the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of which cruise ship size is right for you and your vacation preferences. So, whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned sailor, read on to learn more about cruise ship sizes.

Understanding Cruise Ship Sizes

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. The size of a cruise ship can affect everything from the number of passengers onboard to the amenities offered. In this section, I will provide an overview of the most important factors to consider when it comes to cruise ship sizes.

Gross Tonnage Vs Weight

One of the most common ways to measure the size of a cruise ship is by its gross tonnage (GT). This measurement takes into account the volume of the ship's enclosed spaces, including cabins, dining areas, and other facilities. However, it does not take into account the weight of the ship, which can also be an important factor.

Length and Height

The length and height of a cruise ship are also important considerations. Longer ships can accommodate more passengers and amenities, while taller ships can offer better views and more open deck space. However, taller ships may also be more susceptible to wind and waves, which can affect the comfort of passengers onboard.

Draft and Width

The draft and width of a cruise ship can also affect its size and capabilities. A deeper draft can allow a ship to access deeper ports and navigate rougher waters, but it can also limit the number of ports it can visit. A wider ship can offer more stability and space, but it may also be more difficult to navigate in narrow waterways.

In conclusion, understanding cruise ship sizes is an important part of choosing the right cruise for your needs. By considering factors such as gross tonnage, length, height, draft, and width, you can make an informed decision about which ship is right for you.

Categorization of Cruise Ships by Size

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. Cruise ships come in different sizes to cater to different needs and preferences. In this section, I will categorize cruise ships by size and provide some information about each category.

Small Ships

Small ships are usually defined as those with a capacity of fewer than 500 passengers. These ships are ideal for travelers who prefer a more intimate and personalized experience. Small ships can also access smaller ports and waterways that larger ships cannot reach.

Some examples of small ships include riverboats, expedition vessels, and luxury yachts. These ships offer a more immersive experience, with activities such as kayaking, hiking, and wildlife watching. Small ships may not have as many amenities as larger ships, but they make up for it with their unique itineraries and personalized service.

Midsize Ships

Midsize ships are those with a capacity of 500 to 2,500 passengers. These ships strike a balance between intimacy and variety. Midsize ships offer a wider range of amenities and activities than small ships, but they are still small enough to access smaller ports and offer a more personalized experience.

Some examples of midsize ships include Celebrity Solstice, Crown Princess, and Disney Dream. These ships offer a variety of dining options, entertainment, and activities such as rock climbing and mini-golf. Midsize ships are a popular choice for families and couples who want a balance of activities and relaxation.

Large Ships

Large ships are those with a capacity of 2,500 to 6,000 passengers. These ships offer a wide range of amenities and activities, from multiple dining options to Broadway-style shows and water parks. Large ships are ideal for travelers who want variety and entertainment.

Some examples of large ships include Carnival Sunshine, Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships, and Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway-class ships. These ships offer a variety of activities for all ages, including zip-lining, ice-skating, and laser tag. Large ships are a popular choice for families and groups who want a lively and entertaining experience.

Megaships are the largest category of cruise ships, with a capacity of more than 6,000 passengers. These ships offer the most amenities and entertainment options, from multiple pools and restaurants to Broadway shows and virtual reality experiences. Megaships are ideal for travelers who want a resort-like experience at sea.

Some examples of megaships include Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas, MSC Cruises' Meraviglia-class ships, and Norwegian Cruise Line's Encore-class ships. These ships offer a wide range of activities and entertainment options, from water slides and zip lines to Broadway shows and live music. Megaships are a popular choice for travelers who want a wide range of activities and entertainment options.

In conclusion, cruise ships come in different sizes to cater to different needs and preferences. Small ships offer a more intimate and personalized experience, midsize ships strike a balance between intimacy and variety, large ships offer a wide range of amenities and activities, and megaships offer the most amenities and entertainment options. When choosing a cruise ship, it's important to consider your preferences and travel style to find the ship that's right for you.

Notable Cruise Ships and Their Sizes

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. Let's take a look at some of the most notable cruise ships and their sizes.

  • Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas: With a gross tonnage of 228,081, Symphony of the Seas is currently the largest cruise ship in the world. It measures 1,188 feet in length, 215 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,680 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas: Harmony of the Seas is the sister ship of Symphony of the Seas and has a gross tonnage of 226,963. It measures 1,188 feet in length, 215 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,687 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas: Oasis of the Seas was the largest cruise ship in the world when it first launched in 2009. It has a gross tonnage of 225,282, measures 1,187 feet in length, 215 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas: Wonder of the Seas is set to debut in 2022 and will be the largest cruise ship in the world. It will have a gross tonnage of 236,857, measure 1,188 feet in length, 215 feet in width, and have a maximum capacity of 6,988 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas: Allure of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 225,282, measures 1,187 feet in length, 215 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,780 passengers.
  • Carnival's Mardi Gras: Mardi Gras is Carnival's largest ship with a gross tonnage of 180,800. It measures 1,130 feet in length, 137 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,631 passengers.
  • Carnival's Carnival Spirit: Carnival Spirit has a gross tonnage of 88,500, measures 960 feet in length, 106 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 2,680 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Serenade of the Seas: Serenade of the Seas has a gross tonnage of 90,090, measures 965 feet in length, 105 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 2,490 passengers.
  • AIDAnova: AIDAnova is the largest ship in the AIDA Cruises fleet with a gross tonnage of 183,900. It measures 1,106 feet in length, 136 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 6,600 passengers.
  • Costa Smeralda: Costa Smeralda is the largest ship in the Costa Cruises fleet with a gross tonnage of 182,700. It measures 1,106 feet in length, 136 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 5,224 passengers.
  • Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas: Icon of the Seas is set to debut in 2023 and will be the first ship in Royal Caribbean's new Icon class. It will have a gross tonnage of 200,000, measure 965 feet in length, 135 feet in width, and have a maximum capacity of 5,714 passengers.
  • Carnival's Carnival Celebration: Carnival Celebration is set to debut in 2022 and will be the sister ship of Mardi Gras. It will have a gross tonnage of 180,800, measure 1,130 feet in length, 137 feet in width, and have a maximum capacity of 6,631 passengers.
  • Disney Dream: Disney Dream has a gross tonnage of 130,000, measures 1,115 feet in length, 137 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 4,000 passengers.
  • Celebrity Solstice: Celebrity Solstice has a gross tonnage of 122,000, measures 1,041 feet in length, 121 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 2,850 passengers.
  • Crown Princess: Crown Princess has a gross tonnage of 113,000, measures 951 feet in length, 118 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 3,080 passengers.
  • Norwegian Sky: Norwegian Sky has a gross tonnage of 77,104, measures 848 feet in length, 105 feet in width, and has a maximum capacity of 2,004 passengers.

That concludes our overview of notable cruise ships and their sizes.

Passenger Capacity and Cabin Categories

As a cruise ship enthusiast, I know that passenger capacity is one of the most important aspects to consider when choosing a cruise ship. The capacity of a cruise ship is determined by several factors, including the ship's size, number and types of cabins, public spaces, and safety regulations.

The largest cruise ship passenger capacity is 5,412 at double occupancy and 6,318 max capacity if all berths are occupied. These big numbers are part of the specifications of the first in the list of the biggest cruise ships in the world - the Oasis ship of Royal Caribbean International. However, smaller ships may have capacities ranging from a few hundred to a couple of thousand passengers.

When it comes to cabin categories, cruise ships offer a variety of options to suit different preferences and budgets. Most cruise ships offer four main types of cabins: inside cabins, outside cabins, balcony cabins, and suites. Inside cabins are the smallest and most affordable, while suites are the largest and most luxurious.

Inside cabins typically have no windows and are located in the interior of the ship. Outside cabins have windows or portholes that offer views of the ocean or the ship's surroundings. Balcony cabins offer a private balcony with seating and a table, allowing passengers to enjoy the fresh sea air and stunning views. Suites offer more space and amenities, such as separate living areas, larger balconies, and even butler service.

It's important to note that cabin categories may vary by cruise line and ship. Some cruise lines may offer additional cabin categories, such as family cabins or accessible cabins for passengers with disabilities.

When choosing a cruise ship, it's important to consider the passenger capacity and cabin categories to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Whether you prefer a budget-friendly inside cabin or a luxurious suite, there's a cruise ship out there for everyone.

Amenities and Facilities on Different Sized Ships

When it comes to cruise ship sizes, the amenities and facilities available to passengers can vary greatly. Here's a breakdown of what you can expect on different sized ships:

Small ships typically have fewer amenities and facilities than their larger counterparts. However, they often offer a more intimate and luxurious experience. Some small ships have spas, fitness centers, and pools, but they may not have as many dining and entertainment options as larger ships.

Medium Ships

Medium ships are a good balance between small and large ships. They typically have more amenities and facilities than small ships, but not as many as large ships. Medium ships often have multiple dining options, including specialty restaurants, and a variety of entertainment options, such as theaters, clubs, and shows.

Large ships are known for their extensive amenities and facilities. They often have multiple pools, pool decks, and fitness centers, as well as spas and casinos. Large ships also offer a wide variety of dining options, from casual buffets to upscale restaurants. Entertainment options on large ships are also plentiful, with multiple theaters, clubs, and shows.

Extra-Large Ships

Extra-large ships, also known as megaships, are the largest cruise ships in the world. These ships offer an incredible range of amenities and facilities, including rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, miniature golf courses, and even surfing and skydiving simulators. Extra-large ships also have a vast array of dining options, entertainment options, and clubs.

Overall, the size of a cruise ship can greatly impact the amenities and facilities available to passengers. Small ships offer a more intimate and luxurious experience, while large and extra-large ships offer a wider range of options for dining, entertainment, and activities.

Cruise Lines and Their Ships

When it comes to choosing a cruise, one of the most important factors to consider is the size of the ship. Different cruise lines offer a range of ship sizes to cater to different preferences and budgets. Here, I will provide an overview of some popular cruise lines and their ships.

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean International is one of the largest cruise lines in the world, and it is known for its massive ships. The line's newest and largest ships, the Oasis-class ships, are the largest in the world, with a passenger capacity of over 6,000. The Oasis-class ships include Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, and Symphony of the Seas. These ships offer a wide range of amenities, including multiple pools, water slides, rock climbing walls, zip lines, and more.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line is another popular cruise line that offers ships of varying sizes. The line's largest ship, Norwegian Encore, has a passenger capacity of over 4,000. Other popular ships in the Norwegian fleet include Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Bliss, and Norwegian Getaway. These ships offer a range of activities and amenities, including water parks, go-kart tracks, Broadway-style shows, and more.

Viking is a luxury cruise line that specializes in river and ocean cruises. The line's ocean ships are smaller than many other cruise ships, with a passenger capacity of around 930. Viking's ocean ships offer a range of amenities, including multiple dining options, a spa, and a pool.

Oceania is another luxury cruise line that offers smaller ships. The line's largest ships, Marina and Riviera, have a passenger capacity of around 1,250. Oceania's ships offer a range of dining options, including multiple specialty restaurants, as well as a spa and fitness center.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line is known for its fun and lively atmosphere, and the line's ships reflect that. The line's largest ships, the Vista-class ships, have a passenger capacity of over 3,900. Other popular ships in the Carnival fleet include Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, and Carnival Horizon. These ships offer a range of activities and amenities, including water parks, mini-golf courses, and more.

Holland America

Holland America is a premium cruise line that offers ships of varying sizes. The line's largest ship, Koningsdam, has a passenger capacity of around 2,650. Other popular ships in the Holland America fleet include Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam, and Rotterdam. These ships offer a range of amenities, including multiple dining options, a spa, and a pool.

In conclusion, there are many cruise lines and ships to choose from, each offering a unique experience. Whether you prefer a massive ship with endless activities or a smaller ship with a more intimate atmosphere, there is a cruise line and ship that will suit your preferences and budget.

Itineraries and Ports of Call for Different Sized Ships

When it comes to cruise ships, size matters. The size of the ship can greatly impact the itinerary and ports of call that are available to passengers. As someone who has been on multiple cruises, I have experienced firsthand the differences in itineraries and ports of call based on ship size.

Larger ships typically have more amenities and activities onboard, but they are limited in the ports they can visit. They can only access the biggest ports, so expect itineraries that cover popular, well-trafficked ports like St. Thomas and St. Maarten in the Caribbean, and Barcelona and Venice in Europe. These ports are often crowded with other cruise ships, so be prepared for larger crowds and longer wait times for shore excursions.

Smaller ships, on the other hand, have the advantage of being able to access smaller and more remote ports. This allows for unique and off-the-beaten-path itineraries that larger ships cannot offer. For example, smaller ships can visit ports like Roatan in Honduras or the island of Nevis in the Caribbean. These ports often have a more laid-back and relaxed atmosphere, with fewer crowds and more opportunities for personalized shore excursions.

Mid-sized ships fall somewhere in between, offering a mix of popular and off-the-beaten-path ports. They can access some smaller ports that larger ships cannot, but they are still limited in their options. Itineraries for mid-sized ships often include a mix of popular ports like Cozumel and Grand Cayman in the Caribbean, as well as less-visited ports like Belize City or Costa Maya.

In conclusion, the size of a cruise ship can greatly impact the itinerary and ports of call that are available to passengers. Larger ships offer more amenities and activities onboard, but they are limited in the ports they can visit. Smaller ships have the advantage of being able to access more remote and unique ports, while mid-sized ships offer a mix of popular and off-the-beaten-path ports.

Cost and Value Considerations

When considering a cruise, one of the most important factors to take into account is the cost. Cruise ship sizes can vary greatly, and so can their prices. Generally, larger ships with more amenities and activities tend to be more expensive than smaller ships. However, it is important to note that there are exceptions to this rule. Some smaller, more upscale ships can be just as expensive, if not more, than larger ships.

When it comes to cost, it is important to consider what is included in the price of the cruise. Some cruise lines offer all-inclusive packages that cover everything from meals and drinks to shore excursions and gratuities. Others may charge extra for certain amenities or activities. It is important to read the fine print and understand what is included in the price before making a reservation.

Another factor to consider when it comes to cost is the time of year. Prices can vary greatly depending on the season and demand. For example, cruises during peak travel times, such as holidays and summer months, tend to be more expensive than cruises during off-peak times.

While cost is an important consideration, it is also important to consider the value of the cruise. A more expensive cruise may offer more amenities and activities, but if those amenities and activities are not important to you, then it may not be worth the extra cost. On the other hand, a smaller, more upscale cruise may offer a more personalized experience and access to unique destinations, which may be worth the higher price tag.

Ultimately, when it comes to cost and value, it is important to do your research and determine what is most important to you. Whether you are looking for an affordable getaway or a luxurious vacation, there are cruise options available to fit a variety of budgets and preferences.

Choosing the Right Cruise Ship Size for Your Vacation

When planning a cruise vacation, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing the right cruise ship size. The size of the ship can greatly impact your vacation experience, from the number of fellow passengers you'll share your vacation with to the onboard dining options and entertainment.

If you're looking for a more luxurious experience, larger ships may be the way to go. These ships typically offer more amenities, such as multiple restaurants, large spas, and more entertainment options. Families with children may also prefer larger ships, as they often have more kid-friendly activities and facilities.

On the other hand, if you're looking for a more intimate and relaxed vacation, smaller ships may be the better choice. These ships often have fewer passengers, which means less crowded public areas and a more personalized experience. Smaller ships are also more likely to visit ports that larger ships can't access, allowing for a more unique sailing experience.

When considering ship size, it's also important to think about your lifestyle and preferences. If you enjoy a lively atmosphere with plenty of nightlife and entertainment, larger ships are likely a better fit. If you prefer a quieter, more laid-back vacation, smaller ships may be a better fit.

It's also worth noting that sailing ships, which offer a more traditional sailing experience, are typically smaller in size. These ships may appeal to younger travelers or those looking for a more adventurous vacation.

Ultimately, the right cruise ship size for your vacation will depend on your personal preferences and priorities. I like to consider factors such as crowds, dining options, entertainment, and port access when making your decision. With the right research and planning, you can find the perfect cruise ship size to make your vacation unforgettable.

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Judith Eve, loves to write riveting articles on crusingtonpost.com. She hails from the sun-kissed regions of South Florida, residing within a stone’s throw of the bustling Fort Lauderdale and Miami cruise ports. As a native Floridian, Judith’s love for the ocean and cruising extends as far back as her memory can recall.

Her lifelong passion for travel has taken her to countless destinations around the globe, but cruising, undeniably, holds a special place in her heart. Judith has embraced the elegance of luxury liners, relished the intimacy of boutique ships, and marveled at the innovation found on the newest megaships. This varied experience makes her a well-rounded and knowledgeable commentator on everything cruise-related.

Balancing her writing career and family life with effortless grace, Judith is happily married, mother to two wonderful children, and a doting grandmother to three grandkids. Much like Judith, her family shares her enthusiasm for the sea, often accompanying her on cruise adventures and enriching her articles with their unique perspectives.

Her work for crusingtonpost.com provides readers with insightful, engaging narratives of her travels, from vivid descriptions of the picturesque locales she visits to in-depth reviews of the cruise lines she travels with. Her writing is not only an exploration of travel and cruising; it is a testament to her zest for life, her commitment to family, and her love for the ocean.

Endearing herself to readers with her warm, personable writing style, Judith has become a trusted voice in the cruising community. She is the go-to source for tips, advice, and comprehensive information on cruising. As a tireless explorer and devoted family woman, Judith Eve embodies the essence of the adventurous spirit, inspiring readers to set sail and create their own sea stories.

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How Safe Are You On A Cruise? Here's What To Know About Ship Security

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Cruises are generally a happy-go-lucky travel option if you don't want the hassle of planning out a multi-destination itinerary all on your own. Boarding a cruise ship is like handing over the reins for the next week or two as your food, excursions, and entertainment are all taken care of for you. However, throwing away your inhibitions can lull you into forgetting basic safety concerns. After all, the last thing you want to think about is getting sick from cruise food or being taken advantage of by other passengers.

Though there are plenty of reasons to have fun and be carefree on your next cruise, it's always good to stay aware of ways you can get hurt. As a cruise passenger, you are also in a unique situation on international waters when it comes to crimes. Serious situations may not be prosecuted the same way they would be in your home country. While this isn't always a comfortable topic, it's a necessary one. We encourage you to travel and experience all there is to see and do out in the world, but we want you to stay safe and healthy while you do it. So, let's dive in and learn a bit more about your safety at sea.

Physical safety issues on a cruise ship

In general, cruise ships are pretty safe. It's extremely rare to have a disaster occur like the Costa Concordia back in 2012 when the Italian vessel drifted off course, ran aground, and capsized. This unfortunately led to the deaths of 32 passengers. This is a stark reminder of the importance of mandatory muster drills and paying attention to the directions when you attend.

Sinking cruise ships are rare but unfortunately, problems with personal safety while on board are not. While it's difficult to fathom, sexual assaults are the number one reported crime aboard mainstream cruise lines with over 80% of assaults reportedly committed by other passengers. So what can you do to stay safe? While it would keep you out of danger, telling you to drink responsibly is sort of useless advice. If you like to party, you're gonna party. What we can advise is to keep track of how many drinks you've had and keep an eye on your glass. It's so easy for someone to slip something into your drink when your back is turned. Need to head back to your cabin early? Grab a couple of friends who will walk you back to your room. Double-check that your balcony door is locked during the day, and always check the peephole if someone knocks on your door.

Taking care of your health while at sea

Even in the best of times, cruise ships can be vectors for disease and illness. With the severity and wildfire-like spread of COVID-19, though? Cruise ships and their passengers really stood no chance. As of this writing, COVID-19 is no longer considered a public health emergency. However, it wouldn't hurt to take a test before your next cruise and wear a mask to prevent catching something (not just COVID-19) on your flight there. There's almost nothing worse than being sick on vacation.

The big ship illness you'll often hear about is the diarrhea-inducing norovirus. However, per the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) , it's actually a myth that you're more likely to contract it on cruise ships. In fact, there's only a 1 in 5,500 chance of contracting the illness while a cruise ship is actively experiencing an outbreak. (Your chances of getting norovirus in the U.S., meanwhile, is 1 in 15.) Regardless of the odds, you'll be doing yourself a favor by still washing your hands frequently.

Instead of norovirus, what you should be concerned about is seasickness, sunburns, and hangovers. All are somewhat preventable yet very common. Seasickness on cruise ships is rarer since ships have stabilizers to prevent large motions at sea. However, to be safe, bring anti-nausea medication and ginger chews if you're prone to motion sickness. 

Sunburns and hangovers on cruise ships almost go hand-in-hand. So, wear sunscreen and reapply if you know you're going to be on deck all day. And avoid falling asleep in your lounge chair after too many mai tais.

Areas on a cruise ship you should avoid

As a paying cruise ship passenger, you have the right to explore all the areas of the ship dedicated to your experience. However, there are some spaces that are best to avoid either for staff privacy or your own safety. While it can be tempting to see how the staff lives and what goes on behind the scenes, it's best to stay out of these areas for a few reasons. One big reason is that passengers are not insured in non-passenger spaces. Essentially, this means that if you get hurt walking around in the staff kitchen, you're not covered. 

Not only that, but with things like railings and emergency signs, public spaces for passengers are designed with safety in mind. In contrast, crew spaces are a bit more bare. This means if an emergency happens while you're wandering around a non-passenger-designated space, you might find yourself lost and unable to easily find your way to safety. If you're curious about the inner workings of the ship, it's likely you can just ask the crew directly what it's like. If you're more curious about the ship's engineering, there are also some cruises that offer lectures to passengers about the ship's functions or have hours when passengers can visit the bridge.

Your rights as a passenger aboard cruise ships

After a few unfortunate incidents at sea, Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) member cruise lines created and agreed to the Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights in 2013. According to this bill of rights, passengers are guaranteed to receive full or partial compensation for canceled itineraries in the event of mechanical failure, professional medical attention while at sea, and accommodation in the event of an untimely disembarking.

But what happens if a crime is perpetrated against you or a loved one? First, if the incident occurs on the ship contact the ship security and (if needed) ask for medical attention. If the perpetrator poses a threat to other passengers, ships do have what's called a brig — a ship jail — where suspects can be taken and held until the next steps are determined.

Where the crime occurred matters as well. If the ship was in port or within 12 nautical miles from shore, local authorities can have jurisdiction. If the ship was in international waters, then jurisdiction falls on the ship's registered country. If a U.S. citizen is involved in any way with a crime, as perpetrator or victim, the FBI may get involved. However, there are some specific rights that victims of crimes need to know about. The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act ensures the right to confidentiality, a sexual assault forensic exam, and information that will help you appropriately report the crime.

Veteran cruisers share their experiences

While there are dangers to cruising, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence to the contrary on the internet. Cruising safety is a common topic for Reddit threads in the r/Cruise subreddit . Users most often ask about cruising safety for solo travelers , in particular women.

In one such thread, a user writes about their experience as a serial solo female cruiser. " ... [D]ue to the safety, cruising will probably be my only method of international travel solo from now on. You still have to keep your wits about you — I would never get drunk ... I also felt my room steward was keeping an eye on me, making sure I made it back on port day, asking my port plans etc."

There's also the perspective to consider that cruising makes travel safe for the elderly and disabled. One Redditor writes , "I wouldn't begrudge my parents, an elderly retired couple with health and mobility issues, the opportunity ... they would not have been able to experience otherwise. They don't have to use any stairs; they can take their medications on time with little interruption; and ... they'll never go on a plane again."

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN's National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

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Cruise Ship Cabin Guide: 15 Questions & Answers About Your Room

When it comes to the cruise ship, your cabin is your home away from home. It’s where you’ll sleep (of course), but it’s also where you’ll relax, get ready for the day, and it serves as your own little private spot away from the rest of the ship.

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But there are a lot of little things that you may not know about a cruise cabin, or things that you should understand in order to make your vacation even better.

Below, we cover every aspect of your room while you sail. If you have even more questions, simply let us know in the comments below.

What Types of Cabins Are There? What Are the Differences?

On a modern cruise ship there is no shortage of different cabin types — especially when you get into high-end suites that can offer all sorts of different features, sizes, and amenities. However, for the most part cabins fall into five categories:

Inside : The lowest-priced cabins on the ship are the inside or interior cabins. These rooms are just what they sound like; they are on the inside of the ship meaning they don’t have any windows. While they have everything you need, inside cabins offer a budget-friendly way to get on the cruise ship (and get really dark with the lights out!).

Oceanview : Want to save money but also have a little light and be able to see the scenery? Oceanview cabins offer a room with a window. It can’t be opened, but will give you the chance to take in a view and not feel so enclosed while also not breaking the bank.

Balcony : Just as the name implies, with these rooms you get your own little balcony that allows you a spot to sit out, get some fresh air, and have your own private view. For many people a balcony is a must-have, but just know that they are more expensive than lower-tier cabins.

Suites : Suites won’t have the largest number of rooms on the ship, but they can have the largest variety. On the largest ships they can span everything from a cabin with a little extra space all the way to massive two-level penthouses on the highest levels of the ship. Expect to spend considerably more for the luxury.

Specialty Cabins : Some cruise lines are offering more and more specialty cabins (such as Carnival’s ‘Havana’ rooms) that fall into one of the categories above, but also have special features or perks. This can range everything from different styles than the rest of the ship to access to special lounges, restaurants, and pools.

How Big Is a Cruise Cabin?

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If you’re thinking of a big hotel room on the ship, then temper your expectations (unless ponying up for one of the mega-suites on some ships). Rooms will vary in size, but usually they fall in the 160-200 square foot range. A 12’x12′ foot bedroom in your home is under 150 square feet, so it’s slightly larger than a normal bedroom.

But in that space you’ll have your bed, a sitting area, closet/storage, and the bathroom. Space is used efficiently, and it’s plenty of space for two adults for a week. Still, it can feel a bit small if you don’t keep the room organized or are in the room for an extended period of time.

How Large Are the Balconies on a Cruise Ship?

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Like cabins, balconies can vary in size. However, most cruise balconies are around 40-60 square feet (roughly 4-6′ x 10′). It’s large enough for a couple of chairs and a table, but don’t think that you’ll have a massive spot to hangout, sunbathe, or do much more than just sit and enjoy the view.

Even so, having this extra space in addition to the enclosed cabin is a nice perk that can make your cabin feel much larger.

How Many People Can Sleep in a Cabin?

Despite the small size, cruise cabins can often sleep three to four people. There are traditionally two twin beds that can be separated or joined together to make one queen bed that sleeps two people.

In addition, sometimes there is a couch that can have the pillows removed to make a flat space to sleep another person. Some cabins have drop-down or fold-down beds to sleep multiple people as well.

Note that just because a cabin can sleep four people doesn’t mean it will do so comfortably. In our opinion most traditional cabins have enough space for two adults and one/two kids. If your kids are older or you have more adults, then going with a larger cabin like a suite or booking two rooms might be a better idea.

Do I Have to Sleep in the Same Bed as Someone Else?

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If you are traveling with friends and walk into a cabin with one large bed, don’t worry. Cruise cabin beds can be separated or joined together. So a couple can have them together while friends traveling can take them apart.

Your cabin attendant can form the beds how you like. Just let them know if it’s not in your preferred configuration.

What’s the Bathroom Like?

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For most people, let’s just say their bathroom in the cruise cabin will be… cozy. Bathrooms are small, with a sink and vanity, a toilet, and a shower.

The commode in the cabin is built into the wall (and actually seems to sit an inch or two higher than normal). Instead of a lever you push to flush, there is a button above the toilet for when you’re done.

Unless opting for a higher-end suite, there won’t be a tub. Instead you’ll have a shower (often circular, but not always) with a shower-head wand. Just know that the showers are small. Often you can simply extend your elbows out to your sides and be touching opposite walls of the space.

Within the shower you’ll have a dispenser for soap and shampoo. In addition, there is usually a retractable line that extends across the shower where you can hang clothing to dry.

Are There Accessible Cruise Cabins for Handicap/Disabled Passengers?

As you can likely tell, the traditional cruise cabin isn’t that accessible. There isn’t much room for wheelchairs, there are things like a high threshold to the bathroom, and no grab bars around toilets or in showers.

If you need more accessibility, don’t worry. On cruise ships there are a number of accessible cabins that you can book. These rooms are tailor-made for those needing accommodations that fit their needs.

Instead of high thresholds between the bathroom and cabin balcony, there are gentle inclines. Rooms feature more space to maneuver a wheelchair (including a larger balcony), and things like grab bars and shower seats to help passengers with these needs sail comfortably. 

Can I Adjust the Temperature in the Room?

Most likely you can adjust your room temperature. Every room your sail will have some sort of thermostat. But to be honest, we’re not convinced that all of them actually adjust the temperature.

We’ve sailed in cabins where you adjust the thermostat and can instantly hear the air kick on. Other rooms we’ve sailed we have noticed absolutely no correlation between what we place the thermostat on and what the temperature in the room does.

In general, cruise cabins are cool, so you don’t have to worry about getting too hot. In our view, we’ve had issues with the room being too cold for our taste and not being able to warm things up a bit.

Is There a Refrigerator in the Cruise Cabin?

Yes, any cruise cabin will have a fridge in it. Just know that it’s more of a cooler than a refrigerator. Don’t expect it to get too cold, and it certainly won’t freeze anything.

Sometimes the fridge in the room doubles as a stocked mini-bar. These items aren’t free and you’ll have a price list posted nearby. If you want to use that space to keep items cool, you can let your cabin steward know and they can remove the items to give you space.

Is There a Safe in the Room?

Yes, any cruise cabin you book will have an in-room safe. This is normally in the closet area.

The safe is small, with a footprint about the size of a small laptop computer. Still, it’s enough space for things like passports, phones, cash, and cards. The safe is operated with a four-digit code that you create on your own. So you enter any four digits, press “close” or “lock” and your valuables are stored. Enter the code again to open the safe up.

What Amenities Are in a Cruise Cabin?

Your cabin may be small, but it comes with everything that you would need for several days at sea.

We’ve mentioned the refrigerator and cabin safe. As well, there is a television, an in-room hair dryer, vanity area with desk, outlet(s), and closets with hangers. In the bathroom you’ll have soap/shampoo provided, along with a line for drying clothes, and towels.

How Is TV in the Room?

Each cabin will come with a television. On newer ships the TV menus are usually interactive, providing you with a way to explore things going on around the ship, check your onboard account, and even watch pay-per-view movies.

However, when it comes to channel options, there’s a lot to be desired. In general, cruise ship cabins have only a handful of channels (around 20 or so). Of those, many will be the cruise line’s own channels, which show information about safety on the ship, shopping information for port, and a map of the ship’s location.

In addition, there are usually a few channels that show movies throughout the day and then a few regular channels you’re used to back home, like HGTV, CNN, Cartoon Network, and the like. There is also usually ESPN, but it’s an international version showing sporting events from around the world.

If you have a favorite program that you love to watch each week, chances are you WON’T be able to watch on the ship. Major sporting events (like NFL Sundays) are usually shown.

You can read more about TV on a cruise here .

Who Is the Cabin Steward? What Do They Do?

The first day that you arrive on your cruise, the Cabin Steward should introduce themselves. This person is the housekeeping service, and you’ll see them plenty. They typically come twice per day — once in the late morning and once in the evening — to clean, ready your room for the night, and restock anything you might need.

If you need anything, don’t hesitate to ask your room steward. From extra towels to separating beds, they can do it all. 

Don’t need service twice a day (in our opinion, it’s too much!)? You can let the steward know or simply hang the “Do Not Disturb” tag on the door.

Is Room Service Available?

Don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas for breakfast? Just want to eat a meal without having to fight through other passengers? You’ll be happy to know that room service is available for your cabin. 

You’ll normally find a menu somewhere in the room (check the vanity/desk area) that has the full listing of what’s available and the number to call. Room service is available around the clock, but know that there is generally a charge. It’s also customary to tip the person bringing the food a few bucks.

When you are done with your meal, you can stack them in the cabin or place them outside your door. Either way, the room steward will take them away for you when done.

How Much Storage Space Is There?

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For the size of the cabin, there is lots of storage space. First there are usually large closets that feature shelves, drawers, along with hangers. So no matter if you’re wanting to put away folded clothes or hang up nice items so they don’t get wrinkled, you’ll have a spot.

Then there are other storage spaces, such as under the bed and the vanity. Cruise bed frames are metal and sit up off the floor with lots of empty space underneath. It’s the perfect spot to put empty suitcases or other large bulky items so they are completely out of the way.

If you run into a situation where you think your room doesn’t have enough storage, chances are you overpacked.

What Should I Bring to Make a Cabin More Comfortable?

Over years of cruising, there are a few cabin items that we’ve found can make your cruise more comfortable. These items aren’t must-haves, but you’ll often be happy you brought them.

Outlet Adapter : We all carry a lot of electronics these days, but many ships (especially older ones) may only have one or two outlets to plug things in. That’s why we like to bring an outlet adapter that plugs into one spot and provides multiple places to plug in chargers, hair straighteners, and anything else you might need. Just make sure that whatever you bring doesn’t have a surge protector as they are not allowed.

Fan : If you’re the sort of person that needs airflow or the white noise provided by a fan, then you’ll want to pack one. Cabins don’t have ceiling fans, and while the air does flow from the vent, it does so pretty soft and quiet. Packing a small fan may make you more comfortable and sleep better.

Shoe Organizer : One great idea is packing a cheap plastic shoe organizer. These can hang over the bathroom door and provide a ton of little pockets to store items. There’s lots of storage in a cruise cabin, but an organizer puts all those small items in one place and within easy reach.

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Good Cabin overview, I did not see the handicapped cabin category. On carnival that can be fully accessible to single side (automatic door, larger floor space, flat floor into bathroom, shower bench and grab bars, and more room getting into bed).

The picture of the bathroom is on the new Mardi Gras right? I have not been on there, that is really small I see and hear. Most bathrooms on older carnival ships are larger, with room from the toilet to the shower…lol.

Great comment. Will look to add some info on accessible cabins.

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For our guest's convenience and security, a safe is provided in every stateroom and is located in either a closet or a cabinet. The size of the safe may vary among the fleet - the approximate size is 10" W x 9"H x 8" D.

Depending on the type of safe installed in the stateroom, it can be accessed by using a card with a magnetic strip, such as a credit card; only one designated card can be used to reopen the safe. Some safes can be accessed by using a keypad with a personal numeric code.

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Cruise safety: 7 tips to stay safe on a cruise ship vacation.

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Cruise ships are generally safe places, but there are some sensible precautions travelers should ... [+] take.

Taking a cruise can be anything from a short but welcome escape from daily life to a once-in-a-lifetime family vacation. Cruising is generally a safe travel option, and the majority of voyages conclude without any major incidents.

But as with any travel experience, it makes sense to be prepared and take a number of precautions to ensure your own personal safety when cruising.

Are Cruises Safe?

You may have read some horror stories about how cruise ships are dangerous, lawless places when sailing in international waters, but the reality is quite different.

Regardless of where they sail, all cruise ships operate under international rules known as Safety of Life at Sea ( SOLAS ). These regulations cover fire safety, navigation rules, maritime security, and the requirement to help another vessel in need. Additional rules come into play in various parts of the world.

All cruise ships will have a security officer, and a team of people responsible for the safety and security of passengers and crew. The majority of public areas are covered by camera equipment, while there are sensors in place to detect, for example, something being thrown or fallen overboard.

While issues like small galley fires or technical issues such as electrical outages can occur, they are usually swiftly dealt with. Nevertheless, once you're on board, taking a number of personal safety precautions is important to ensure a safe and secure cruise travel experience. Here are seven tips to get you started.

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Overindulgence in alcohol can increase the risk of accidents, or making bad decisions. Drink responsibly, know your limits, and avoid accepting drinks from strangers.

The best way to keep your alcohol consumption in check is to avoid the temptation of beverage packages . While they can often seem good value, having an unlimited drinks package encourages excessive drinking.

Excessive alcohol consumption also risks your health, especially when paired with hot weather. Not only can it add empty calories, but it can increase the risk of dehydration.

Of course, enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two is an important part of a vacation for many people. If you do decide to indulge, try to do so in moderation and always make sure you’re drinking water alongside that tempting cocktail.

2. A Safe, Secure Cabin

Your cabin, stateroom, or suite should be a safe haven during your cruise vacation. To ensure this, always make sure that your cabin door is securely closed and locked. If your cabin door has deadbolts, use them for an added layer of security.

Avoid casually sharing your cabin number. Exercise caution when revealing it, even to crew members, and ensure they genuinely need this information.

Typically, your cabin number will not be printed on your cruise card. Because of this, it’s tempting to write the number on the card, or on a sticky note that you keep with it. Try to avoid doing this, as if you lose the card, anyone who finds it will have instant access to your cabin until you notice it is missing and report it.

Inside your cabin, you'll typically find a safe, the perfect place to secure electronic items, jewelry, and cash. While the vast majority of cabin stewards are trustworthy and professional, using the safe removes any potential temptation and adds an extra layer of security for your belongings.

Finally, if your cabin has a balcony, always keep the door locked when you're not in the room, when the ship is docked in port, and at night. This not only prevents potential intruders but also ensures that children, if any are traveling with you, don't access the balcony unsupervised.

3. Establish Good Relationships

On embarkation day, your cabin steward will typically knock on your door to introduce themselves. Although they will be busy, it’s worth taking the time to introduce yourself and establish a rapport.

Throughout the cruise, cabin stewards can serve as an additional security measure, especially in identifying if someone else other than you attempts to access your cabin.

4. Muster Drill Attention

Another important first day job is to watch and take in the information included in the muster drill. Previously, these took place in person but now they are more commonly done via the in-room TV. That means it’s tempting to let the safety video run while getting on with your packing.

However, it’s critical to know and understand the various signals you may hear during the cruise, and the process for any emergency situation. Even if you’re a seasoned cruiser, it’s worth taking ten minutes to study this information as processes do vary between cruise lines.

Part of the first day drill usually involves visiting your muster station. This is the place you will meetup in the event of an emergency situation. Memorize at least two different routes from your cabin to the muster station.

5. Buddy System

Many cruise lines are making a big push to attract solo cruise travelers . If you’re cruising alone, make an effort to meet fellow solo travelers early in the cruise. Most lines host a solo traveler meet-up on the first full day of the cruise for this purpose.

Finding someone to pair up with for certain activities, especially late at night or in less frequented areas of the ship, is a sensible precaution. The same applies if you’re planning on exploring ports independently.

6. Be Smart With Cash

Cash is always a tempting target. Most cruise lines do not require you to carry cash around, with all onboard expenses charged to your cruise card. As such, keep any cash in your room safe or deposit it with the ship’s reception for safe keeping.

Take only necessary cash ashore during excursions and independent exploration in ports. If you do carry cash, use a money belt for the majority, with just a few small bills and coins in your pockets.

7. Be Smart Ashore

Thousands of cruise passengers participate in shore excursions every day without incident. They can anything from exhilarating to educational, allowing you to explore a port in more depth.

However, the safe environment on a cruise ship can create a false sense of security when going ashore.

Groups of thieves do target cruise passengers in busy ports so only take the essentials ashore, and be wary of anyone offering assistance. If you’re uncertain about something, speak to your tour guide or your cruise ship escort first.

If you plan to explore independently, make sure your cellphone is charged, take the emergency number for the ship with you (this is often printed on a tear-off slip in the daily program), and use a money belt.

If you are planning to take an independent tour, research the company thoroughly online and book in advance. Be very wary of accepting tours from vendors in port, even though they promise low prices.

Your cruise vacation is likely to be a memorable one. By following these tips and exercising sensible precautions, those memories are more likely to be positive ones.

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Fact Check: Are Cruise Ships Safe?

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Ask an experienced cruiser if ships are safe, and you’re likely to get an eye roll, a heavy sigh, and maybe info on how many times they’ve sailed without once having encountered an accident, illness, or even a skipped port.

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However, it’s understandable why first-time cruise passengers would sincerely pose the question given how often reports of incidents on the high seas are reported by the mainstream media.

The problem is that while those outlets are the first to report on the downside, they’re not as quick to tell the other side of the story.

As it turns out, there’s a lot of stories to tell. Thanks to the crisis which shut the entire industry down, it’s not surprising that people have questions.

While some of those will have to remain unanswered until newly-introduced (and still being developed) protocols are thoroughly tested, there are plenty of areas we can explore regarding the questions of safety aboard cruise ships.

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Long before the health crisis of 2020, cruise ships implemented health regimens and protocols that went far above what you’d find in just about any land-based facility.

When’s the last time your hotel room was cleaned twice in a single day, as happens on nearly every cruise ship?

One of the terms you’ll hear referenced often when mainstream outlets write about cruise ships is “floating petri dish.” It’s a nasty little term they use with shocking regularity because it easily summons up the worst possible images for the reader.

The only problem? It’s wildly inaccurate.

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A petri dish is, by definition, a lidded or closed environment whereas cruise ships are anything but. One of the things cruisers love most is the fresh air and sunshine to be found in the middle of the ocean.

There’s a reason so many of us love having balcony staterooms: It’s all the better for soaking in that brisk, awesome atmosphere.

Plus, in light of the 2020 health situation, many ships are overhauling their systems to provide a constant flow of fresh air throughout the ship, whether you’re hanging out in the atrium or napping in your inside cabin.

Vessel Sanitation Program

A first-time cruiser recently asked us, “Do we have to just trust that the cruise lines are following the rules? How do we actually know?” The answer is pretty simple: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a program known as the Vessel Sanitation Program or VSP.

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In essence, this entire program exists for that exact purpose: To make sure, via surprise inspections, that cruise ships are following all of the very stringent rules and protocols put in place in regard to the health and safety of passengers and crew members.

Ships are graded on a scale of 1 to 100, with anything below 86 considered a failing score.

While hundreds of ships are inspected each year, very few actually wind up failing. Those that do are given a report detailing the violations and a second inspection is later done to make sure the issues have been rectified.

It’s important to note that these are surprise inspections, meaning that ships get no warning. As a result, they must always be prepared for an inspection to happen at any time. Which, of course, means that they need to always be following the highest standards possible.

Cruise Safety Briefings

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Think of the muster drill or safety briefing as the ultimate precaution. It’s similar to when you board any commercial aircraft and the flight attendant walks you through everything from the emergency lighting to locating the nearest exit.

The fact of the matter is that accidents can and do happen, whether you are at sea or on land. Safety drills are designed to prepare passengers for any scenario, unlikely as they might be.

Safety Regulations 

All cruise ships must follow SOLAS (safety of life at sea) regulations, a set of rules set by the IMO (International Maritime Organization).

First adopted in 1974, this program includes constant crew safety training, lifejacket inspections, and ongoing lifeboat maintenance. SOLAS is enforced by the country the ship is sailing from, in North America it is the United States Coast Guard.

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While some ask why they must attend a safety drill when they have been on previous — often multiple — cruises, there are laws requiring attendance. And not for nothing, but it’s probably a good thing to have attended the muster drill so often that you can recite it along with the crew members. Should an emergency arise, you will most definitely be prepared.

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One of the most popular myths among those who’ve never cruised is that one can easily fall off a cruise ship, especially when spending time on a stateroom balcony. The reality, however, is that it’s next to impossible to “fall off” a balcony unless you’re doing something you definitely shouldn’t be doing.

Last year, for example, we reported on a woman who was banned for life from future Royal Caribbean cruises because she’d climbed over the balcony railing to take a selfie .

While the woman in question did not fall, it’s easy to imagine a scenario where she could have not only slipped but wound up dead as a result.

The biggest dangers posed by balconies are completely within the control of the passenger. That’s true whether it’s observing common-sense rules against climbing up or sitting on the railing or smoking.

Not only is smoking on the balcony a nuisance to any non-smoking neighbors, but it’s dangerous in that it can easily lead to a fire. And as they point out in those muster drills, fire is one of the biggest dangers a ship at sea can possibly face.

Are Cruise Ships Safe in Storms?

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Yes, there are some aspects to cruising which might present a potential danger, but the lines do everything in their power to mitigate those risks.

For example, the weather. While we all hope to have clear skies and smooth sailing, the fact of the matter is that Mother Nature sometimes throws us a curveball.

Sometimes, those curveballs take the shape of weather events like storms or even hurricanes.

READ MORE: What You Need To Know About Cruising During Hurricane Season

There are, of course, ways in which you can reduce the chances of running into bad weather. One is to avoid sailing during hurricane season. The other is to make sure to do a little research into typical weather patterns impacting the part of the world you’ll be sailing from, to and through.

External Dangers

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If you want to look at extreme cases — or simply want to really, really play into your most paranoid fears — you could spend a bit of time thinking about the possibility of your cruise ship being attacked by pirates or terrorists.

We have reported in the past on ships taking extraordinary measures in an effort to avoid such attacks while traveling on very specific routes which placed them in potential danger.

While there have been several pirate attacks over the past 10 years, almost all have been upon vessels much smaller than the modern cruise liner. This isn’t likely a coincidence, given that logic dictates it would take a lot of pirates to take over a ship the size of a small city.

Cruise lines also keep an open eye on the geopolitical situations unfolding in the ports they plan to visit. The last thing they want is to dock in a port where the ship, her crew, and passengers might wind up in danger thanks to an unstable political environment or terrorist activities.

Law Enforcement on Cruise Ships

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Just like on land, you’ll find security onboard cruise ships as well. The security team enforces everything from kids wreaking havoc late at night to more serious incidents such as assaults and rape. The captain of the cruise ship is required to report any crimes or incidents to shoreside authorities. Often time, getting the local police or government authorities involved in the investigation.

Even though they may not be noticed at first glance, most cruise ship security officers wear body cameras for their protection and yours.

Medical Facilities

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Another big question asked by new cruisers is about the infirmary onboard. All mainstream cruise ships travel with doctors and nurses on board that are on call 24/7.

These doctors have a pretty wide range of experiences, having had passengers come to them with everything from a head cold, broken bones to head trauma.

But be warned: Visits to the medical center can be pricey, and are one of the primary reasons we absolutely always recommend having travel insurance .

Getting Seasick On A Cruise

For many people, there’s only one way to find out how vulnerable they’ll be to the inevitable movement of a cruise ship at sea, and that’s by spending time onboard.

Unfortunately, for some people, this means spending a day or two green around the gills until they find a solution that works for them. There are, of course, all kinds of seasickness remedies available. Mention that you’re feeling ill, and experienced cruisers will whip open their purse or backpack and offer you everything from wrist bands to ginger candies.

One way to find out just how vulnerable you might be is to find another way to spend time on the water.

For example, if you happen to live near a port city (such as New York City) where there are tour boats, consider going out on one for a few hours.

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By Citizen Jane , July 17, 2008 in Royal Caribbean International

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I was going to title this thread "Size Matters," but of course I chickened out.

Anyhoo, we could have anywhere from 1-3 Macs with us on our cruise (15 inch PowerBook, 17 inch PowerBook, and 15 inch MacBookPro). My question is how large is the in-room safe? Is it one of those small hotel sized ones or a little larger.

At Disney I have been able to fit my 17 inch in some safes but not others, 15 inch computers will usually fit.

Anyone out there used the safe for their computer?

If it makes a difference at all we will be in an OS on Enchantment.

(Some of you are probably wondering why we would have these computers with us: DH will probably be working on a grant proposal up until the minute we board; DD is learning to read and is really into a couple of different games helping her learn to read right now which we don't want to discourage; I have no excuse other than having it with me because I'll be using it at my parents house before the cruise).

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none of the computers will fit, it is the size of a small microwave. Lock it in a suitcase under the bed if you are concerned though I wouldn't worry about.

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Although I have never brought my conputer with me, there is no way it would fit. Might i suggest that you get a lock for your suitcase and place the laptops in your suitcase when you are out of the room. If you buy a combination lock, you all can know the combination and open the lock at any time. Nobody is going to carry your suitcase away unless it is known to be valuable. The safe might fit a 12", but I am not certain it would be deep enough. Good Sailing, Murf.

I knew you guys would be able to tell me!

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Check your homeowners insurance to see if it will cover your computers if they were stolen from your cabin. We do not lock up our computers, cameras in our cabin. It isn't likely that your cabin steward would risk their job by taking your computer. You could report it missing and report it to Guest Relations and possibly have their job. The only thing we put in the safe is jewelry and money/credit cards. I am more worried about someone in the airport etc taking my computer than when it is in our cabin.

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My husband always brings his laptop with him on our cruises and leaves it out in the cabin, usually on the desk. We have never had a problem. Letty

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They must sell really, really, small microwaves in your neck of the woods Sue, LOL :D I compare them to our glove box on our Ford 150 ;) :p

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What to pack for a cruise

Our writer has sailed on more than 50 cruises. Here are her tips on how to pack for a cruise—and the items she always takes along, for every stage of the journey.

These days, there seems to be a cruise for every type of traveler, from luxury liners with all the comforts of a hotel to expedition-style sailings equipped for adventure. No matter what type of cruise you’re planning, it makes sense to make a packing list so you can make the most of your time onboard.

After sailing on more than 50 cruises, I’ve learned a thing or two about what to pack for a cruise. Besides the necessary cruise clothes, my packing list includes key items, such as towel clips and a hand scale. Of course, there’s lots more to consider. Read on for the 20 products I always pack for a cruise.

What to pack for a cruise — a checklist

Before getting into what to pack, it’s important to know that this list is organized into categories. That makes it easier to consider other essentials before you drag out your suitcase.  

For traveling to the cruise

Getting to the terminal is the most difficult part of going on a cruise. Being prepared with a few essentials will make the check-in process and the first few hours on the ship more pleasant.

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No matter where you’re sailing, you must bring identification. Many cruisers bring their passports. A colorful or unique passport cover will help you quickly find it in your bag.  

Bluetooth luggage trackers

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Packing trackers, such as Apple AirTags, in luggage and any other bags can help make embarkation day feel a little less stressful, especially if anything gets lost.  

Digital luggage scale

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Everyone picks up a souvenir or two on vacation. Packing a digital luggage scale can help keep your luggage under weight regulations for flights. The Etekcity scale is easy to read, and in my experience, accurate to within a few ounces of the scales at the airport.  

Travel pill organizer

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This simple pill organizer keeps all your medications, vitamins, and supplements in one light, packable container. I love that there are eight compartments and that each open and snap closed.

For the cruise ship  

Whether you’re sailing for three nights or three weeks, these four items will help you enjoy your time onboard.  

Corkcicle reusable water bottle

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Whether you’ve paid for a drink package or plan to sip on included beverages, a reusable water bottle is always handy. The Corkcicle bottle is insulated, has a fun floral design from Rifle Paper Co., and can keep drinks cold for up to 25 hours, according to the company. I love that the lid is designed with a built-in straw, which is a little more environmentally friendly.  

Wet-dry bag  

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A wet-dry bag is one of the most important things to bring on a cruise, especially if you’re looking forward to a dip on the last day aboard. Toss wet bathing suits into one of these bags and pack it in your suitcase without worrying about getting the rest of your clothes wet. These wet-dry bags are large enough for at least two adult-sized swimsuits.  

Towel clips

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The upper decks can get quite breezy. To prevent towels from flying off chairs, consider bringing some towel clips. They’re lightweight and easy to pack, but strong enough to hold standard pool towels in place. Towel clips are handy for private island destinations too. They can help you find your beach chairs among the mass of lookalikes.  

Sun Bum sunscreen

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Sunscreen is a must no matter where you travel. I love Sun Bum because it goes on smoothly and doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on my skin. It’s vegan and gluten free, but most importantly, it’s safe for reefs.

For your cruise cabin

These four items will help keep your cabin tidy and organized.  

Magnetic hooks  

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Because most of the walls in cabins are magnetic, many cruise lines allow travelers to use magnetic hooks. These hooks can support 27, 40 or 130 pounds. But the 27-pound option should be enough for a cruise. Use them to hang hats and lanyards, or decorations if you’re celebrating a special occasion.  

Collapsible laundry hamper

Cabins tend to be small, so it can be difficult to figure out where to put dirty clothes. A collapsible laundry hamper is a great way to keep clothes in one spot. Once the hamper is full, I refold the clothes and put them in my suitcase. The hamper folds flat, so it’s easy to pack too.

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Cruise ship hallways can seem endless. An easy way to find your cabin is to put magnetic decorations on your door. They’re also a snap to remove and pack when it’s time to disembark.  

Over the door hanging shoe organizer  

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Shoe organizers are great for holding almost anything in tight quarters, from toiletries to hairbrushes, first-aid kits, and medicine boxes. You can purchase separate magnetic hoods to hold them up.  

For travel and excursions

These items can be a big help during excursions or on travel days before or after your cruise.

RFID wallet  

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Radio frequency identification, commonly known as RFID, is a high-tech way to steal credit card information. To protect yourself on excursions, carry cards in an RFID-blocking wallet. This one is slim, easily fits into a fanny pack or purse, and has room for a handful of cards.  

Swimsuit coverup

On many cruises, you can go from ship to beach to shopping in one day. A swimsuit coverup is a great versatile piece to pack. It’s lightweight yet provides enough coverage for the beach, and you can wear it as a casual dress for lunch in port.  

Crocs Classic Clogs

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These shoes for kids and adults are great if you’re headed to the beach or a day resort. They’re comfortable and non-slip—ideal for wet pool decks. They come in an abundance of colors and can be customized with   charms .  

LugLife Puddle Jumper SE Backpack  

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A backpack is a travel and cruise essential. I like this one from LugLife because it’s loaded with pockets inside and outside. It has plenty of room for everything you need for a day of exploring, plus it’s water-repellant and has a convenient handle on top.

What not to pack on a cruise

As you prepare your packing list, keep in mind that many cruise lines ban certain things. Some are obvious—firearms, fireworks, drones, hard liquor—for passenger and crew safety. Others are less so. Your cruise line’s website should have a list of prohibited items. In general, here are a few other items you can’t bring on a cruise:

Scissors:   While some scissors for grooming and medical kits are allowed, any pair with blades four inches or longer are not permitted.  

CBD products: Most cruise lines ban anything containing cannabidiol. Don’t risk not being able to board the ship by packing these items in your day bag or larger pieces of luggage.

Anything that produces heat: Cruise lines are very cautious when it comes to items that produce heat. Things like coffee machines, candles, heating pads, and travel steamers are not allowed. The only permissible heat-producing items are hair straighteners or curling irons.

Some sporting equipment: Rollerblades, hockey sticks, and pool noodles are not allowed on cruise ships. Additionally, scuba diving equipment is prohibited. If you’ve booked a scuba excursion, the outfitter will provide the equipment you need.

Cruise packing tips from someone who’s been on more than 50 cruises

From ocean liners sailing the Mediterranean to river boats traversing European waterways, I’ve been on dozens of cruises. Yet, I still find packing for a cruise one of the most difficult things to do before setting sail. Fortunately, I have honed a few top tips for packing for a cruise.  

Think about where you’re going and how long the cruise is.

If you live within driving distance of your cruise terminal, you won’t have to worry about weight restrictions. In general, pack at least two outfits for each day—one for an excursion and one for dinner and late-night events on the ship. If possible, you can pack less by doing laundry on the ship on sea days.  

Make two packing lists for every sailing.  

Because suitcases are delivered to your cabin, I always make two packing lists for every cruise I take. The first includes everything I need to pack in my suitcase. The second—more important—list has everything I need in my embarkation day bag, such as passports, medications, a swimsuit, and sunscreen.  

Use colored packing cubes to keep everyone organized.  

Packing cubes are helpful for keeping small stuff, such as socks and underwear, organized on a cruise ship. Use different colored packing cubes for everyone in your travel party. That way, you can share drawers in cabins without mixing everyone’s things together and still keep the room tidy.  

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Are You a Pinnacle or a Suite? The 'Cult' of Cruise Ship Life

I n a first-person account for the Atlantic , Gary Shteyngart joins the odd subgenre of authors writing about their time on a cruise ship, one famously begun by David Foster Wallace in 1996 . But Shteyngart has some bragging rights: He's not just on any ship, but on Royal Caribbean's Icon of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise ship. The headline referring to "seven agonizing nights" will give you a sense of how things go, but Shteyngart's full account detailing the agony is worth the time. Some snippets:

・"And now I understand something else: This whole thing is a cult. And like most cults, it can't help but mirror the endless American fight for status." You will learn about Pinnacles, Diamond-Plusers, Suites, "SeaPass Card peasants," and the struggles between and among such passengers.

・"Drinking next to full-size, nearly naked Americans takes away one's own self-consciousness." Self-explanatory.

・"Cruise ships have become, for a certain kind of hardworking family, a form of subsidized child care." This is referring to the lower-tier cabins starting at $1,800 per person, where parents can stay while their kids hunker down in "Surfside" elsewhere on the ship.

Read the full story , for lots more on the multitude of passengers Shteyngart meets, either in his "Daddy's Little Meatball" T-shirt or, later, his robe. (Or check out other longform recaps .)

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Iran seized ship 'linked to Israel', says state news agency

Iran ’s state news agency IRNA said on Saturday that its Revolutionary Guards had seized the MSC Aries vessel it said was “linked to Israel” and it was being transferred to Iran’s territorial waters, reports Reuters.

A Guards navy special forces helicopter boarded the Portuguese flagged vessel and seized it, IRNA added.

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It has just gone 4.45pm in Gaza , 5.45pm in Tel Aviv and Damascus , and 6.15pm in Tehran . We will be closing this blog, but you can stay up to date on the Guardian’s Middle East coverage here .

Here is a recap of the latest developments:

A vessel “linked to Israel” was seized by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards on the strait of Hormuz , 50 nautical miles off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, on Saturday. Commandos dropped from a helicopter on to an Israeli-affiliated container ship, the Portuguese-flagged MSC Aries, and Iran’s state news agency said the vessel was being transferred to Iran’s territorial waters.

Geneva-based MSC later acknowledged the seizure of the ship and said 25 crew were aboard the vessel. MSC said it was working closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the wellbeing of the crew and the safe return of the vessel.

“Iran will bear the consequences for choosing to escalate the situation any further,” R Adm Daniel Hagari said in a statement on Saturday. “Israel is on high alert. We have increased our readiness to protect Israel from further Iranian aggression. We are also prepared to respond,” he said. Reuters report that the comments by Hagari came after the statement was made in reference to the seizure of a vessel on the strait of Hormuz.

Israel’s foreign minister Israel Katz said on Saturday that Tehran is conducting piracy and should be sanctioned for it , after seizing an Israeli-affiliated container ship. “The Ayatollah regime of Khamenei is a criminal regime that supports Hamas’s crimes and is now conducting a pirate operation in violation of international law,” Katz said.

The body of missing Israeli teenager was found in the occupied West Bank after he was killed in a “terrorist attack”, said the Israeli army on Saturday. The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair sparked a large settler attack on Palestinian villages on Friday and Saturday, where numerous homes and cars were torched. Israel’s defence minister Yoav Gallant told the public not to “take the law into [their] own hands” , reported the Times of Israel . “I appeal to the public, let the security forces act quickly in the hunt for the terrorists,” Gallant said on X. “Acts of revenge will make it difficult for our soldiers in their mission.”

Israeli settlers set houses and cars on fire on Friday when they raided the village of al-Mughayyir looking for a missing Israeli teenager.

UK foreign secretary David Cameron spoke to the Israeli minister Benny Gantz on Saturday. Cameron said he had discussed “our shared concerns about Iranian threats to attack Israel” with Gantz. “Further escalation in the region is in no one’s interest and risks further loss of civilian life,” he added.

US president Joe Biden said he expects an Iranian attack on Israel “sooner rather than later” and issued a last-ditch message to Tehran: “Don’t.” “We are devoted to the defence of Israel . We will support Israel. We will help defend Israel and Iran will not succeed,” Biden told reporters on Friday. Biden’s comments came as the White House warned that the prospect of an Iranian attack on Israel in retaliation for the bombing of an Iranian consular building in Syria was “still a viable threat”.

Australian airline Qantas said on Saturday it would redirect its long-haul flights between Perth and London to avoid Iran’s airspace amid soaring Middle East tensions. A Qantas spokesperson told AFP the airline would temporarily adjust the flight paths due to “the situation in parts of the Middle East”.

Dutch airline KLM will no longer fly over Israel and Iran, Dutch press agency ANP reported on Saturday, citing a KLM spokesperson. KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said the move was a precaution, but added that it would continue flying to Tel Aviv, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

The Netherlands will close its embassy in Tehran on Sunday as a “precaution”, the Dutch Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday , citing the rising tensions between Iran and Israel . The ministry added that it would decide on Sunday whether the embassy would reopen on Monday.

An overnight Israeli attack destroyed the Abu Bakr as-Siddiq mosque and also damaged nearby houses in Deir al-Balah , in central Gaza, reported Al Jazeera.

At least 33,686 Palestinians have been killed and 76,309 have been injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since 7 October , according to the latest figures from the Gaza health ministry, which is run by Hamas. This includes 52 Palestinians that were killed and 95 that were injured in Israeli strikes in the past 24 hours. The ministry does not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants.

An explosive device was detonated in a car in an upmarket neighbourhood of Damascus , Syrian state media said on Saturday, quoting a police source. According to the report, it was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast or who it targeted. The incident happened in the Mazzeh area, where Iran’s embassy and other foreign missions are located.

Ireland and Spain reiterated their intention to forge an alliance of countries that will soon recognise Palestine as a nation state. The Irish taoiseach, Simon Harris , and Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, held bilateral talks in Dublin on Friday and vowed to muster international support for a two-state solution in Israel and Palestine.

UK foreign secretary David Cameron says he spoke to the Israeli minister Benny Gantz , a member of the war cabinet and main rival of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu , on Saturday.

In a social media update on X, Cameron said he had discussed “our shared concerns about Iranian threats to attack Israel” with Gantz. It is unclear whether this was before or after news broke of Iran seizing a ship “linked to Israel” (see 11:51 BST ) on the strait of Hormuz.

“Further escalation in the region is in no one’s interest and risks further loss of civilian life,” he added.

Today I spoke with @gantzbe to discuss our shared concerns about Iranian threats to attack Israel. Further escalation in the region is in no-one's interest and risks further loss of civilian life. The UK will continue to work with our partners in support of regional security. — David Cameron (@David_Cameron) April 13, 2024

Israel's defence minister tells public not to take 'law into own hands' after settler attacks on villages in West Bank

Israel ’s defence minister Yoav Gallant has told the public not to “take the law into [their] own hands” as settlers rampaged through several villages across the occupied West Bank , reports the Times of Israel .

After the body of missing Israeli teenager Benjamin Achimeir was found on Saturday (see 13:16 BST ), the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Shin Bet security agency said, in a joint statement, that Achimeir was murdered in a terror attack.

“I appeal to the public, let the security forces act quickly in the hunt for the terrorists,” Gallant said on X.

“Acts of revenge will make it difficult for our soldiers in their mission. The law must not be taken into one’s own hands,” he said, expressing his condolences to the family of Achimeir.

Here are some of the latest images on the newswires:

A woman clears rubble from the wall of a destroyed building after an attack on the Gaza town of Deir al-Balah on the last day of Eid al-Fitr.

Al Jazeera are reporting that an overnight Israeli attack destroyed the Abu Bakr as-Siddiq mosque and also damaged nearby houses in Deir al-Balah , in central Gaza .

“The Israeli army asked the neighbouring houses to evacuate the area because it wants to bomb the mosque,” an elderly resident in the area said, according to Al Jazeera. “The mosque has nothing to do with [Palestinian groups] Hamas or Islamic Jihad. We are responsible for the mosque, the residents of the neighbourhood.”

Geneva -based MSC , which is the manager and commercial operator of the ship seized by Iran on the strait of Hormuz , said it is working closely with the relevant authorities to ensure the wellbeing of the 25 crew abroad and the safe return of the vessel.

According to updates by Reuters, MSC acknowledged the seizure of the MSC Aries , while Zodiac Maritime said the title to the seized vessel was held by Zodiac affliated Gortal Shipping Inc as financier and it had been leased to MSC on a long term basis.

The Guardian’s visuals team has created a graphic that shows the approximate location of the reported vessel seizure by Iran.

It is based on an earlier update from the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) that said the vessel had been “reported to have been seized by regional authorities”.

Since that update, Iran ’s state news agency IRNA confirmed its Revolutionary Guards had seized the MSC Aries vessel , saying it was “linked to Israel” and was being transferred to Iran’s territorial water

Iran 'conducting a pirate operation', says Israeli foreign minister

Israel ’s foreign minister Israel Katz said on Saturday that Tehran is conducting piracy and should be sanctioned for it, after Iran ’s Revolutionary Guards seized an Israeli-linked cargo ship in the strait of Hormuz , reports Reuters.

“The Ayatollah regime of Khamenei is a criminal regime that supports Hamas’s crimes and is now conducting a pirate operation in violation of international law,” Katz said.

“I call on the EU and the free world to immediately declare the Iranian Revolutionary Guards corps as a terrorist organization and to sanction Iran now,” he added.

The Israeli army says the body of missing Israeli boy has been found in the occupied West Bank after he was killed in a “terrorist attack.”

The disappearance of 14-year-old Binyamin Achimair sparked a large settler attack on a Palestinian village on Friday and Saturday, AP reported.

The killing of the teen and the settler rampages marked the latest in an escalation of violence in the territory, at a time when Israel is waging war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip

“Security forces are continuing the pursuit after those suspected of carrying out the attack,” the army said Saturday.

Footage shows ship being boarded in strait of Hormuz – video

Dutch airline KLM will no longer fly over Israel and Iran, Dutch press agency ANP reported on Saturday, citing a KLM spokesperson.

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said the move was a precaution, referring to the rising tensions between Iran and Israel, but added that it would continue flying to Tel Aviv, on Israel’s Mediterranean coast.

Iran will bear consequences for any escalation, says Israeli military

Iran will bear consequences if it escalates violence in the region, an Israeli military spokesperson said on Saturday, according to Reuters.

“Iran will bear the consequences for choosing to escalate the situation any further,” R Adm Daniel Hagari said in a statement.

“Israel is on high alert. We have increased our readiness to protect Israel from further Iranian aggression. We are also prepared to respond.”

Reuters report that the comments by Hagari came after the statement was made in reference to the seizure of a vessel between the United Arab Emirates and Iran .

52 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes in the past 24 hours, says health ministry

The latest figures from the Gaza health ministry , which is run by Hamas , said 52 Palestinians were killed and 95 injured in Israeli strikes in the past 24 hours.

According to the statement, at least 33,686 Palestinians have been killed and 76,309 have been injured in Israeli strikes on Gaza since 7 October.

The ministry does not distinguish between combatants and non-combatants.

Here are some of the latest images on the newswires of protests in recent days:

People lie in the street blocking traffic during a protest calling for a ceasefire deal and the release of Israeli hostages, outside the US embassy branch office in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Friday. The signs laying on top of them read ‘stop sacrificing the hostages’ and ‘hostage deal now’.

Iran blamed after ship boarded on strait of Hormuz

A video seen by the Associated Press (AP) shows commandos raiding a ship near the strait of Hormuz by helicopter on Saturday, an attack a Middle East defence official attributed to Iran amid wider tensions between Tehran and the west. According to the AP, the video showed the attack earlier reported by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) . Earlier updates from the UKMTO offered no details about the boarding in the Gulf of Oman off the Emirati port city of Fujairah , except that the vessel had been “reported to have been seized by regional authorities”.

Iran did not immediately acknowledge seizing any vessel, nor was there any report carried by state media about the incident. The defence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity with the AP to discuss intelligence matters, shared the video with the news agency. In it, the commandos are said to have descended on to a stack of containers sitting on the deck of the vessel.

An image made from a video provided to the Associated Press by a Middle East defence official shows a helicopter raid targeting a vessel near the strait of Hormuz on Saturday. The defence official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

The AP say that a crew member on the ship could be heard saying: “Don’t come out.” He then tells his colleagues to go to the ship’s bridge as more commandos come down on the deck. It adds that, one commando can be seen kneeling above the others to provide them potential cover from fire. Though the AP could not immediately verify the video, it said that it corresponded to known details of the boarding, and the helicopter involved appeared to be one used by Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guards , which has carried out other ship raids in the past. The AP report that the vessel involved is likely the Portuguese -flagged MSC Aries , a container ship associated with London -based Zodiac Maritime . Zodiac Maritime is part of Israeli billionaire Eyal Ofer ’s Zodiac Group, it adds. Neither MSC nor Zodiac immediately responded to a request for comment by the AP. According to the news agency, MSC Aries had been last located off Dubai heading toward the strait of Hormuz on Friday and the ship had turned off its tracking data, which has been common for Israeli-affiliated ships moving through the region.

The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) has published an update on an incident 50 nautical miles northeast of the United Arab Emirates ’ Fujairah (see 09:26 BST and 09:38 BST ).

In a post on X, the UKMTO wrote that the vessel has been “reported to have been seized by regional authorities”.

UKMTO WARNING INCIDENT 063 BOARDING UPDATE 001 https://t.co/6mNrG6W5iO #MaritimeSecurity #MarSec pic.twitter.com/BXD73sutrP — United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) (@UK_MTO) April 13, 2024
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