So, you’ve saved up your money to take your family on a two-week cruise in the tropics. But what do you if your cruise is a disaster? This might sound implausible but the unfortunate truth is that it happens more often than the cruise lines would like to admit. From running ashore to cruise ship medical crew negligence, accidents can happen while you are at sea and this article will explore your family if something like this occurs when you are enjoying your dream vacation.
Incidents aboard cruise ships are incredibly rare, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t happen and that something won’t happen to you or your family. Even though the companies which operate the most popular cruises are highly professional, it doesn’t hurt to take some added precaution before you request permission to come aboard. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and here are some tips that you should know.
Know Your Muster Station
When accidents do happen, there might be a point where the captain sounds the general alarm and at this point, you and your family will need to get to their muster station. As such, you want to know where the spot is and the most direct route to get there.
This isn’t like a fire drill in school. If something does happen at sea, then the repercussions can be serious. After all, you are hundreds of miles from shore and the odds are that rescue might not come for hours or more.
So, know where your muster point is and make sure you and your family have a way to remain in touch. Given that you probably won’t have cell service, this means that you might want to invest in a set of waterproof walkie-talkies.
Prepare for Medical Emergencies
Imagine one of your kids has asthma and the have an attack while at sea. Sure, the ship is bound to have a medical center but they might not have the exact medicines you will need to handle the situation.
As such, you will want to make sure to pack a kit including any medicines you might need during your voyage. This might even include a special pillow if you or your family has special needs while they sleep.
Sure, the crew will try to accommodate you as best as possible. After all, that is their job. But if you know that you might have a medical issue at sea, it is best to plan and make sure that you have what you will need in case something happens.
Have a Family Plan
Going on a cruise can be a lot of fun for kids as they will spend plenty of time in the pool or enjoying the other activities on board. This is especially true if you pick a cruise which is set up to cater to families with children.
However, you also want to have a family plan. This might include some books to read while on board as well as knowing what to do if you can’t find your kids – another reason to bring walkie-talkies – as well as how to use life preservers.
Don’t make your dream cruise a time of worry. Instead, plan and communicate that plan with your family. In this way, everyone can have a vacation that they will never forget.
Where are the Lifeboats
We have come a long way from the days of the Titanic when cruise ships did not have enough lifeboat berths for everyone. However, if it does get to the point where you will need to use one, you can expect that people might cast off before the lifeboats are full.
As such, you want to make sure that you not only know where the lifeboats are located but also where are the backup lifeboats. These might be wooden lifeboats or inflatable life rafts. Either way, you are at sea and you want to make sure you and your family have a way to safely get off the boat in case of an emergency.
Never Jump Overboard
This is an extremely dangerous endeavor and should never be considered. Why you ask? Well, first there is the drop and then there is the chance that you could be struck by a lifeboat or potentially pulled under by the force of the propeller.
Don’t forget the weather. Maybe it’s a bad storm or you are sailing in cold water. Either way, you don’t want to find yourself treading water in open waters.
At the end of the day, taking a family cruise is about enjoying some quiet time with those you love the most. But just because you are having fun doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for the worst. Instead, make sure you are prepared, while you probably won’t be in an emergency, you will want to make sure you know what to do if one happens.