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.