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If you’re a solo cruiser, find a friend early on. Dn’t ad­ver­tise the fact you are trav­el­ling solo. And don’t walk around soli­tary ar­eas by your­self late at night.

IN-CABIN SAFETY: If you’re new to cruise (or if you’re a sea­soned sailor), you’ll no­tice that not all cabin doors au­to­mat­i­cally close – give them a pull when you leave and a push when you are in­side to make sure they click shut. If the door has a dead bolt, use it. If it does not con­sider a door stop­per, cabin stew­ards carry plenty. Ask for one. Call room ser­vice di­rectly; don’t place the or­der out­side the door since it usu­ally lists the num­ber of peo­ple per cabin. Look through your peep­hole be­fore open­ing your cabin door to a knock. Don’t spell loudly your cabin num­ber when near oth­ers, and don’t give that num­ber to strangers.

BAL­CONY SAFETY: Check your bal­cony be­fore you go to sleep. And don’t leave it open when you are not in your room. Use your safe: Your safe is not just there to take room up in your closet. Though of­ten small, you can usu­ally get a mid-sized lap­top, a tablet (or two), cell­phone and jew­els/ watches in­side. Or bet­ter still, leave your valu­ables at home.

GET TO KNOW YOUR STE­WARD: Ask his/ her name on day one. Es­tab­lish a rap­port. He/ she’ll no­tice if some­one other than your­self is try­ing to get into your room.

PAY AT­TEN­TION AT THE MUSTER DRILL: Be­fore your va­ca­tion gets started, you must at­tend the muster drill. This is where you learn where your muster sta­tion is, how to don a life­jacket and what the alarms mean should they be sounded.

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