On a Cruise

  • Be skeptical.  Don’t assume you can trust other passengers.  Criminals take vacations too.
  • Stay sober.  Don't let alcohol impair your judgment.  Only drink beverages you have seen prepared. Ask that bottled drinks be served unopened.
  • Set rules for your children and keep an eye on them.  Make sure they don't drink.  Report any crew members who serve alcohol to minors.
  • Meet fellow passengers in public areas, not cabins.
  • Use all locks on your cabin door.  Never open it to a stranger.
  • When you enter your cabin check the bathroom and closet before closing the door.
  • Don't socialize with the crew.  Make sure your children know that crew areas are off limits.
  • Dress down.  Leave expensive jewelry and watches at home.  They only make you a target for thieves.
  • Lock all valuables in a safe and guard your key card as you would a credit card.
  • Don't stand or sit on the ship's railing.
  • Never go to any isolated areas of the ship alone, especially in the evening and early morning.
  • Know where the members of your party are at all times.  Report a missing person immediately.
  • Attend the ship safety drills and learn its emergency procedures.
  • Bring phone numbers of U.S. embassies or consulates in the cities on your itinerary so you can contact them if a problem arises.  You can get them online at www.usembassy.gov.
  • If you are a victim of a crime at sea call the FBI at (202) 324-3000 from the ship to report the crime. Call the U.S. embassy or consulate if you are a victim of a crime on shore. Take photos of the crime scene and any injuries you suffered. Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of possible witnesses. Take statements. Don't expect the cruise line to take physical evidence. Also notify your family, doctors, lawyers, insurance companies, etc. as appropriate.