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10 Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy on Your Cruise

 

With all the recent reports of Norovirus outbreaks, slip and fall accidents, shore excursion injuries, and even passengers going overboard, it’s understandable if you’re questioning the wisdom of going on a cruise. However, news of cruise ship accidents shouldn’t deter you from booking your next vacation on one of these ocean liners, especially if it’s been a dream of yours for a long time. Many people go on cruises every year and have a great time without getting sick or becoming injured. Still there are always risks, so if you want to be one of these people who gets to enjoy their trip without any major incidents, keep these safety tips in mind.

 

Before You Board

 

 

You have a lot of options when it comes to choosing your cruise line, and you need to make your decision based on more

Boarding the ‘Fun Ships?’ Better Leave Your Medical Problems at Home

 

Vacationing in style. For some, that is synonym with spending hours tasting the wines and pastries at exquisite French restaurants, while taking long strolls hand-in-hand admiring historic boulevards on the romantic streets of Paris. Others cannot imagine the perfect vacation without the exuberance and excitement of cities with an active night life such as New York, where the local energy and vibe are a guaranteed recipe for success. Yet others consider it a luxury to run away from the noise and tumult of urban areas and hide in 5-star resorts on the glamorous shores of the Italian or Spanish rivieras. But for the typical American family who wants to travel in style, glamour automatically conjures the image of a cruise ship.

 

And it couldn’t be truer. Every day spent on a cruise is one step closer to paradise: first-class, personalized service, fine

Cruising, between Fun & Games and Injury & Disease: How Safe Are You at Sea?

 

Every year, around 20,000,000 people choose to spend their vacation on the board of a cruise ship (21,556,000 passengers reported in 2014, expected to increase to 24,146,000 by 2018). With amenities such as piazza-style atriums, planetariums, water parks, rock climbing walls, full-sized carousels, skydiving, and bumper cars, cruise ships are more like floating cities offering infinite opportunities for world-class food and leisure. And some of them are true behemoths. The largest ship ever constructed, the Allure of the Seas, measures 1,181 ft., has around 100,000 metric tons, a theater with 1,380 seats, a two-deck dance hall, an ice skating rink, and even its own Starbucks, the first ever to be built on the board of a cruise ship. It cost a staggering $1.5 billion to build.

 

But despite the incredible amenities and hard-to-refuse perks, the “once-in-a-lifetime” experience as a cruise tourist has