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The Ultimate Cruise Health & Safety Guide

No matter where you're cruising, this ultimate guide is filled with tips for staying safe and healthy on your next cruise holiday.

If you're thinking of going cruising for your next holiday, you're not alone!

Over 800,000 Australians took a cruise in 2015, and that number will probably increase to over one million in 2017. This includes all ages, with even those over 90 years of age feeling at home on a cruise.

Cruising on the high seas or up a river is one of the safest forms of travel. However, while it’s tempting to drop all your luggage and head to the bar for a cocktail, you should be aware of the health and safety issues that may occur on a cruise and take a few safety precautions.

To give you more insight, we’ve compiled this ultimate guide filled with tips for staying safe and healthy so that you can rest and relax on your floating paradise.

Are cruises considered safe?

Cruise ships operate under an enormous list of rules and regulations, from fire safety and maritime security, to navigation and safety drills.

Although there have been a few tragic incidents involving passengers in recent years, the Sydney Morning Herald reports there’s scant data on crimes at sea.

You may never experience any of these risks, but they can happen anywhere in the world and cruise ships certainly aren’t immune. That’s why it’s important that if you’re planning on taking a cruise, you educate yourself about the possible things that can happen onboard.

Illness

According to Travel Vax, at least 29% of shipboard ailments are respiratory infections, followed by injuries (18.2%), seasickness (9.1%) and gastrointestinal illness (8.9%). One in 250 passengers requires medical attention - at least half of these being passengers over the age of 65.

Motion sickness, influenza, sunburn, food poisoning, insect bites and even Zika virus can also occur on board.

Just one sick passenger can lead to hundreds falling ill. In December 2015, the ABC reported an outbreak of norovirus which hit the Explorer of the Seas while docked in Sydney and caused 182 people to fall ill.

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Theft

Most complaints regarding theft involve passenger luggage.

Holidaymakers often forget that they need to be vigilant and keep their valuables secure. Even in-room safes aren’t exactly ‘safe’. Cruise ship staff have the ability to open in-room safes if you forget your code, and while the majority of staff are honest, you may want to rethink where you hide your valuables.

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Sexual Assault

Unfortunately, sexual assault on board cruise ships is not uncommon.

A report by New Zealand researcher Dr. Jill Poulsen found that the risk of sexual assault on board cruise liners was 50 per cent higher than on land. Seventy per cent of these offences were crew members assaulting passengers, and one in six victims was under 18 years of age.

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Evacuations

Evacuating a ship is the last resort for authorities. However, it’s the only way to ensure passengers are kept safe in the event of an imminent threat.

In November 2015, authorities evacuated hundreds of people on the Spirit of Tasmania and Holland America Line, which were both moored in Victoria, as they investigated bomb threats.

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Disappearances

Canadian professor, Ross Klein has logged more than 200 cruise fatalities with an average between 20 and 25 people lost overboard every year.

In 2013, the Herald Sun reported on four passengers who went missing in unexplained circumstances while on Australian cruises.

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Deaths

Cruise companies hate talking about people dying on their ships, but it does happen. Globally, there are an estimated 200 passenger deaths a year on cruise ships.

Although while this number may sound scary, it's not a huge number considering over 20 million people cruise each year.

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Cruise Safety Tips

Here are a few safety tips to be aware of on the high seas, even if you’re a regular cruiser.

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Get a Health Check-up

Before you even step foot onboard, get a medical check-up. Disclose any pre-existing medical conditions and make sure you have enough prescription medication for your entire trip. You can also ask your doctor or pharmacist to pack your medication into a blister pack so it’s easier to take.

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Beware of Slippery Decks

Ship decks can be wet and slippery, especially on lower decks and around swimming pool areas. Pack a pair of low-heeled shoes with rubber soles.

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Take Care Onboard

You’ll eventually become accustomed to the rocking of the boat, but it’s easy to miss a step and fall over while you're still getting your sea legs. No matter how fit you are, just one wrong step can send you tumbling and result in serious injuries. Take extra care and use the handrails for stability.

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Cabin Safety

Accommodation on a cruise is smaller than what you’re used to on land. Watch your head when stepping through doorways, and remember that top bunk beds should only be used by children over nine years of age for safety reasons.

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Thieves Cruise Too

Theft occurs everywhere, even on a cruise ship. Reconsider if you really need to bring your laptop, expensive camera equipment or precious jewellery. Keep an eye on your items at all times, even if you’re lazing on a sunbed.

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Food Poisoning

Food poisoning usually lasts between one to two days, but longer in those who are frail. Use hand sanitisers and be wary of food buffets. Remember you may be vigilant with hygiene but other passengers may not.

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Don’t Spread Your Sickness

You share more with others than just a good time when you’re on a cruise. Norovirus causes gastroenteritis and is easily spread between people. One sick passenger can turn your floating oasis into a buoyant germ incubator. If you’re unwell when boarding the ship, let the clinic know so you don’t spread it to other passengers.

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Cabin Location

Cabins located further from the centre of the ship may be rockier and heighten sea sickness, while internal cabins may make you feel claustrophobic. Choose a cabin with a window, closer to the centre of the ship, or you may feel like you’re on a fishing trawler if bad weather hits.

Why do I need travel insurance for a cruise holiday?

Cruises may seem relatively safe because you’re travelling on board a luxury ship with amazing facilities from one exotic port destination to the next, but as with all holidays there are many things that can potentially go wrong.

If you’re wondering why you need travel insurance for a cruise, consider:

  • Who pays if you need to be airlifted off your cruise due to a medical emergency? According to Smartraveller, the costs for an evacuation back to Australia or to the nearest port can exceed $100,000.
  • What if you can’t even go on your cruise because you unexpectedly get sick and the doctor advises you not to take the holiday? How can you get your deposits back?
  • Who compensates you if someone steals your new camera or your luggage is lost or damaged in transit?
  • Who pays for your medical treatment if you slip or fall and injure yourself on board?
  • What if you have to cut short your holiday because a family member back home is unexpectedly hospitalised for a serious illness?

Travel insurance for cruises may cover you for these scenarios and others, whether it be onboard, on-shore or even before you leave your home.Without travel insurance, you’ll be liable to pay the expenses, or lose the money you’ve already paid out for your trip.

When looking for travel insurance for your cruise holiday, make sure you check that your policy includes ocean cruising, as it may not be automatically covered.

Consider a cruise travel insurance policy that can provide you with:

  • Cover for cancellation costs if you unexpectedly fall sick before you cruise and can’t travel.
  • Cover for lost or stolen items.
  • Medical evacuation and repatriation assistance if you’re seriously injured or fall ill on board.
  • Emergency assistance or advice on finding the closest hospital, doctor, or even arranging a translator if necessary.

For more information on taking out travel insurance for cruises, read our Cruise Travel Insurance Guide.

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Vaccinations & Immunisations
  • The risk of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases is very low on cruise ships.
  • Vaccines for cruises depend on where your ship will be stopping.
  • Some countries have strict health policies and require all passengers disembarking to have adequate proof of vaccination.
  • If you plan to be eating meals on shore excursions, make sure you’re up-to-date with vaccinations such as Hepatitis A and influenza, before you travel.
  • Cruises to South America are at risk for the Zika virus. Clinical trials for a vaccine only started in August 2016 so the best way to keep safe is to steer clear of mosquitoes.
  • Ask your doctor about necessary vaccinations, particularly for diseases prevalent in ports of call.
Medications
  • There are on-board chemists but it’s better to bring your own medication. You’ll pay a lot more for it on the ship and they may not have the medication you require.
  • Ask your doctor to pack your prescription medication in a blister pack for the duration of the cruise (plus extra in case you’re delayed).
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, or haven’t experienced a cruise before, sea sickness tablets may help with nausea and dizziness.
  • Bring enough painkillers in case of injury or headache
  • Imodium is helpful if you suffer from a sensitive stomach
  • Purchase a first aid kit that includes insect repellent, sunscreen, antibacterial hand wipes, Band-Aids, gauze, and a thermometer.
Avoiding Cold & Flu
  • Take a course of vitamins at least four weeks before you travel, and continue taking them while you’re on the ship.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables before and during your cruise to help fight off infection and strengthen your immune system.
  • Wash your hands before every meal to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Carry a travel sized bottle of hand sanitiser and use it often, especially before eating and after handling money.
  • Avoid touching your mouth and face.
  • Consider asking your doctor about getting a flu shot before you travel, particularly if you’re a senior.
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Vaccinations & Immunisations
  • The risk of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases is very low on cruise ships.
  • Vaccines for cruises depend on where your ship will be stopping.
  • Some countries have strict health policies and require all passengers disembarking to have adequate proof of vaccination.
  • If you plan to be eating meals on shore excursions, make sure you’re up-to-date with vaccinations such as Hepatitis A and influenza, before you travel.
  • Cruises to South America are at risk for the Zika virus. Clinical trials for a vaccine only started in August 2016 so the best way to keep safe is to steer clear of mosquitoes.
  • Ask your doctor about necessary vaccinations, particularly for diseases prevalent in ports of call.
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Medications
  • There are on-board chemists but it’s better to bring your own medication. You’ll pay a lot more for it on the ship and they may not have the medication you require.
  • Ask your doctor to pack your prescription medication in a blister pack for the duration of the cruise (plus extra in case you’re delayed).
  • If you suffer from motion sickness, or haven’t experienced a cruise before, sea sickness tablets may help with nausea and dizziness.
  • Bring enough painkillers in case of injury or headache
  • Imodium is helpful if you suffer from a sensitive stomach
  • Purchase a first aid kit that includes insect repellent, sunscreen, antibacterial hand wipes, Band-Aids, gauze, and a thermometer.
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Avoiding Cold & Flu
  • Take a course of vitamins at least four weeks before you travel, and continue taking them while you’re on the ship.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables before and during your cruise to help fight off infection and strengthen your immune system.
  • Wash your hands before every meal to minimise the risk of infection.
  • Carry a travel sized bottle of hand sanitiser and use it often, especially before eating and after handling money.
  • Avoid touching your mouth and face.
  • Consider asking your doctor about getting a flu shot before you travel, particularly if you’re a senior.

Taking care of your luggage on a cruise

  • Luggage is x-rayed before you embark on a cruise.
  • Most theft involves luggage that isn’t locked and is easy to access.
  • Be vigilant and keep an eye on your luggage wherever possible.
  • Don’t travel with more luggage than you can carry.
  • Secure your luggage with locks.
  • Consider firstly whether you do need to bring your valuables. If you do need to bring them, lock your items in your cabin if you don’t need to carry them with you.
  • Keep your belongings within sight and an arm’s reach away.
  • Keep valuables, documents and important medications with you in your hand luggage.
  • Just like hotels, some ships have a luggage shipping procedure where you leave your luggage outside the cabin door the night before disembarkation for collection by the ship crew. Most people happily use this service, but it can be an opportunity for theft.
  • Ensure your luggage is locked and your cabin number is written clearly on each bag.
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Taking money on a cruise

Cruise lines have adopted a safe, cashless policy for spending on board. EFTPOS facilities aren’t available, and prepaid VISA cards and cash passports aren’t accepted. Instead, expenses are charged to your on-board account connected to your credit card. Each purchase you make must be signed for.

The ship will hold a pre-authorisation of your purchases, placing a hold on your credit card for the amount you have spent each day. At the end of the cruise, the total amount spent is charged to your credit card as one payment. It’s a tricky system because some banks will hold pre-authorisations for up to 30 days, which means you won’t have access to those funds and your card may be close to maxed out for that period.

An easier, but less safe way to take money onboard is to deposit cash into your onboard account within the first 24 hours of your cruise. It means you don’t overspend and can collect any remaining money at the end of the cruise.

If your cruise card is lost or stolen report it to the reception immediately so they can cancel your old card and issue you with a brand new one.

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Onboard Cruise Ship Safety

Cruising may conjure up images of happy hour, exotic island destinations, food buffets, and port excursions, but with so many people boarding cruise ships each year it’s easy to overlook safety precautions.

Take time out before you travel and do a little research to minimise the risks associated with life on the high seas. Whether you’re embarking on your first cruise or your fiftieth, you must take adequate health and safety measures so you can disembark refreshed, relaxed, healthy, and with great memories of life on board.

Here are a few safety tips to help stay safe and healthy on the high seas, even if you’re a veteran cruiser.

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Alcohol Consumption

Drinking too much alcohol makes you an easier target for theft, assault, and injury. Go easy on the booze and remain aware of your surroundings (and your limitations) at all times. A bit of liquid courage makes it easy to get carried away, but be mindful about how much alcohol you’re consuming, and also who is buying you drinks.

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Balcony Safety

Balcony railings offer great views over the ocean. Made of plexiglass or a solid wall, they often exceed the minimum height standards of 42 inches. It would be difficult for anyone shorter than five feet to fall over the railing but it’s not impossible. For this reason children shouldn’t be left unsupervised on a balcony. For safety’s sake keep your balcony door locked at night and when you’re not in your cabin. Check the balcony before you go to sleep. Port contractors clean ship windows so it’s easier than you think to enter through an unlocked balcony door.

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Money

There’s no reason to bring much money on board unless you’re depositing it into your onboard account at the beginning of the trip, or planning to spend money on shore excursions. Carrying excessive amounts of cash could make you a target for theft. Keep cash strapped to your body in a money belt or concealed pocket. Rethink the need for your laptop and expensive jewellery on your cruise. The best advice is to leave them at home. Not all cabin doors automatically close. Keep your belongings safe by making sure your door clicks shut.

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Muster Drill

Before you sip your first cocktail at the bar, you must attend the muster drill. Just like a safety drill on the plane, a muster drill is a mandatory exercise to let passengers know what to do in an emergency. The crew will show you where your muster station is, what certain alarms mean, and how to put on a lifejacket. Even if you’ve heard the drill a thousand times, listen carefully, as it’s an important part of your cruise experience.

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Slippery Surfaces

You’re on a boat out in the elements with tonnes of people moving around, so expect a few surfaces to be slippery. Pool water (particularly around the swimming deck), spilled drinks at the bar, sea spray and water from splashing waves can be found everywhere on board. Walk around slippery surfaces, or at least steady yourself if you have to go through them. Stairs can also be slippery, so always use the handrails no matter your age or fitness level.

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Falling Overboard

According to Cruise Junkie, 270 passengers have gone overboard since 2000. If you do fall into the sea while the ship is moving, your chances of surviving are slim. There are several factors stacked against you such as hypothermia, breaking a limb or the fall knocking the air out of you. According to Portsmouth University Professor Mike Tipton, most people die within the first 60 minutes of falling into the sea, and even if the ship turns around to rescue you, it may be too late. Listen and pay attention during the safety drills, keep an eye on your children at all times, and avoid the urge to re-enact that scene from Titanic.

Cruise Safety for Seniors

The number of pensioners and older travellers holidaying overseas jumped by more than 80 per cent in the last five years. Over 60s love cruises – Mediterranean cruises, river cruises, ocean cruises, or luxury cruises, they love them all.

However, it’s important to ask a few questions before you even book a cruise.

1) Are you fit enough to travel?

Disclose medical issues to your doctor and deal with them before you go on the cruise. Cruise ships are isolated from specialised medical care and are only equipped to deal with non-emergency situations.

2) Do you need regular medical treatment?

Cruises have limited medical treatment available. Make sure you have access to enough medicine for the duration of your cruise.

3) Do you need assistance with mobility?

Cruise ships won’t provide special carers for guests, so make sure you’ve arranged for a companion or carer to accompany you on your cruise. Some ships offer a limited supply of wheelchairs, but they’re reserved for emergencies, so bring your own wheelchair. 

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Cruise Safety for Families

In the old days, cruises were filled with the newlywed or elderly. However, today, you’d be hard pressed to find a ship that doesn’t indulge its tiniest guests.

Families are taking advantage of tremendous value to ‘sea’ more, and cruise companies are striving to offer facilities that encourage multi-generational holidaying from toddlers to the over 70s.

But it doesn’t matter if you’ve booked an ocean view room on board a 5 star rated cruise, or if your over 80s parents will watch the children while you’re at the bar, you still need to take precautions to ensure your children’s safety.

1) Pool Safety

Some ships can hold over 6,000 people, all with their eyes set on the vessel’s swimming pools. However, be aware that not all ships have lifeguards. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times for their safety. Moreover, if your kids aren’t toilet trained or wear a nappy (even swim nappies), they can't use the pools or spas. 

2) Sun Exposure

The sun can be harsh on the high seas so protect yourself and your children from its rays. Bring a wide-brimmed sun hat, sunglasses and enough sunscreen to apply regularly.

3) Restricted Areas

Ships prevent children under 13 years of age from entering certain areas. These areas often fill up with adults after a certain time, so they aren’t great for kids anyway. But if an adult supervises children, staff may allow them to stay. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in the entertainment lounges and are often restricted to certain pools, gyms, spas, casinos and beauty centres too.

4) Night Lights

Nights become very dark out at sea. Bring a nightlight or flashlight with you so that your child doesn’t bump their head, stub their toe, or walk into a scary monster.

5) Electrical Outlets

Some cruise companies will childproof their electrical outlets but others won’t. If you’re concerned, bring some duct tape. 

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Medical Facilities Onboard

Cruise ships are floating cities. They don’t have on-board hospitals, but they do have medical facilities with trained staff available round-the-clock. These are assurance for passengers in case of ill health, but they’re only equipped to treat minor emergencies.

If your illness is serious or you need emergency treatment, you’ll need to be airlifted off the boat, or transferred to a health facility at the nearest port.

1) Don’t book a cruise that doesn’t have medical facilities

If you’re injured or have contracted a disease, you need the assurance you have somewhere to go for help, especially in the middle of the ocean.

2) Assess how capable your cruise liner is of handling a medical emergency

If you have a heart attack or a serious fall, most cruise lines will fly you via helicopter to the nearest port for treatment at a health facility. However, you’ll be expected to pay the costs so make sure you have adequate travel insurance arranged prior to departure.

3) Expect all treatment administered on board to be charged to your cabin

You’ll need to pay the bill directly to the cruise ship, including any treatments, emergency flights, and doctor’s fees. Take out adequate travel insurance before you travel to alleviate any concerns.

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Healthy Eating & Drinking on a Cruise

Cruise ships are well known for their variety of food.

Buffet dining is a major drawcard for passengers, making it easy to overindulge. However, food buffets and restaurants can be breeding grounds for bacteria if hygiene practices aren’t followed correctly.

Remember the dos and don’ts of food safety to reduce your risk of catching something nasty.

  • Pace your food intake: You don’t have to eat it all just because it’s there!
  • Wash your hands frequently: The spread of gastrointestinal illnesses can be greatly reduced by washing your hands often, especially after you use the bathroom and before you eat. Carry a hand sanitiser with you.
  • Remember your food allergies: If you’re allergic to something on land, you’ll be allergic to it on the ship too. Don’t eat what you wouldn’t eat at home.
  • Be wary of food buffets: While the majority of ship food preparation adheres to strict hygiene standards, the same can’t be said for passengers in the buffet line. Sneezing, coughing and talking over food are some of the ways to spread illness, so choose your food items carefully.
  • Drink lots of water to reduce dehydration: Sunshine, air-conditioning and alcohol can dehydrate you. Keep up your fluid intake by drinking lots of water. Ships have filtered drinking water, and all their food is prepared with it. If in doubt, boil it before drinking or buy bottled water from the shops on board.
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Cruise Activities

Onboard experiences may be less strenuous than those ashore but can still cause injury, such as water activities, dancing classes or using sporting equipment.

There are plenty of day activities that cater to the adrenalin junkies as well as the most sedentary travellers. Remember to consider your fitness level carefully, and choose activities that correspond with your capability.

Arriving at an idyllic island destination for a hiking tour up to the summit may seem in the spirit of your holiday, but choose your activities based on what you can do, not what you’d like to do.

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Stay Alert Onshore

Some ports are sleepy towns and others are crime hot spots.

Don’t try to navigate an unfamiliar destination alone. Instead, take a group excursion or book a private tour guide to show you the sights in safety.

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Make Smart Food Choices

While onshore, be careful what you put in your belly. Eat well-cooked food only and avoid raw salads and fruits you can’t peel which may have been washed in contaminated tap water.

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Obey Local Laws

Even if you're only onshore for a day or a few hours, remember that the local laws and procedures apply in the country you’re visiting, not your home country.

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Leave Your Bling Onboard

Don’t flash your money and jewellery around when visiting a port city. It advertises you as a wealthy target and puts you at risk for pickpocketing or theft.

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Consider Your Fitness Level

Be realistic about your fitness level before you cruise and take part in activities that suit you. Don’t go hiking up a mountain if you’re only capable of a gentle stroll at home.

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Drink Bottled Water

Don’t drink tap water in port as it may be contaminated with bacteria which can make you sick. Bring bottled water from the ship or buy it as soon as you’ve disembarked. It's best to avoid ice cubes in drinks too.

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Use Mosquito Repellent

Some ships dock in ports where mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever are rife.

Try to avoid going outside at dawn and dusk, use an insect repellent with adequate protection and wear light, loose clothing with long sleeves.

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Slip, Slop, Slap!

Protect yourself from sunburn and heatstroke by wearing light, long-sleeved clothing, sunglasses and a hat. Reapply sunscreen every two hours and after swimming.

What do I do in a medical emergency?

1) Seek medical treatment immediately

The number for the medical facility will be posted next to your cabin telephone or in the ship’s directory. 

If you experience symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhoea let the ship crew know immediately. They may put you in cabin confinement to avoid an outbreak amongst other passengers.

2) Let the crew know you’re feeling unwell

If you’re travelling alone, it’s even more important to do this as the crew can get you help if needed.

3) Call or email your travel insurance company

If you’ve already received medical attention from a hospital (or cruise ship hospital), contact your travel insurer as soon as possible. Your travel insurer’s emergency assistance team may also be able to assist or advise you on what you need to do next.

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What do I do in a non-medical emergency?

Cruise ships, like planes, are safe ways to travel and don’t often have mishaps. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take precautions. When a ship sinks or passengers are evacuated, they make the news in a big way.

The muster drill is the first place to gain an understanding of what will happen during an emergency. Ensure you pay attention.

It’s also a good idea to keep your passport and important documents in an ‘emergency bag’ so you can grab them in a hurry if needed. You may have to return home by flying out of an international port.

Sinking Ships

The standard evacuation signal is seven short horn blasts followed by one long blast. If you hear this, it’s time to evacuate. 

  • Stay calm and remember your muster drill location.
  • Avoid the elevators as electrical systems may fail.
  • Use handrails and watch for objects that may be loose.
  • Put your life jacket on and get to the lifeboats as quickly as possible.
Tidal Waves and Storms

The climate can change rapidly at sea. Huge waves and storms are part of a cruise captain’s life. Walls of water slam into ships and batter even the sturdiest of vessels.

But not to worry! Improvements in technology and better weather radars enable scientists to measure freak weather patterns. Ships pass strict stability tests before they’re allowed to operate, and are capable of manoeuvring through storms, skirting giant waves, and handling huge swells.

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What the Australian Government can and can't do

The Consular Services Charter offers assistance to Australians travelling overseas. The Crimes at Sea Act means Australia can prosecute within a maritime zone off its shores. However, crimes committed further out at sea are under the jurisdiction of the next port, according to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

For example, if a crime occurs on the way to Singapore, local authorities will board the vessel and follow local law when the ship arrives in Singapore.

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The consular CAN assist with:
  • Replacement passports
  • Details of local doctors and hospitals in a medical emergency
  • Details of local lawyers and details of interpreters if you’re the victim of a serious assault or other crime
  • Visiting or contacting you if you have been arrested to check on your welfare
  • Providing advice in a wide range of other cases including the death of relatives
  • Contacting friends or family on your behalf
  • Making special arrangements in cases of terrorism, civil disturbances and natural disasters
  • Providing small emergency loans in exceptional situations
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The consular CAN'T assist with:
  • Guaranteeing your safety in another country
  • Giving you legal advice, interpreting or translating documents
  • Intervening in another country's legal matters
  • Searching for missing people, including those gone overboard
  • Investigating crimes or deaths on board, unless the crime was committed in Australian waters
  • Getting you out of prison or preventing you from being deported
  • Posting bail or paying your fines or legal expenses
  • Paying for medical, psychiatric services, medications or reimbursing any cancellation fees
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Important Contact Information and Resources

Register your trip on Smartraveller. They’ll send you an alert if there’s an imminent threat such as an earthquake, terrorist attack or tsunami. They’ll also let your family know your status overseas.

The Australian Government provides 24 hour consular assistance:

If there isn’t an Australian Embassy in the city you’re travelling to, go to the nearest consular which provides help to Australians.

Information about vaccinations:
You’ll also need the contact details of your:
  • Travel insurer
  • Doctor
  • Travel agent
  • Cruise company
  • Bank
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