Caribbean cruises are without doubt an experience well worth having. Sadly, over the past few years, reports of cruise ships being delayed or damaged by bad weather and other unforeseen problems have increased. Though still comparatively rare, such events can leave passengers sea-bound for much longer than expected or even in danger of being injured on board or even killed. It therefore helps to be prepared for the worst.
Cruise survival kits
While nobody likes to think that anything bad will happen during their holiday of a lifetime, packing a few helpful items just in case is certainly recommended. These items are not designed to prevent personal injuries, but will be handy to have in any case. In essence, items to be included in a cruise survival kit should include:
- Sea-sickness medication
Even those who do not suffer from sea-sickness under normal cruise conditions should consider carrying suitable medication, as rough seas can turn even experienced travellers’ stomachs.
- Satellite phone
Available at comparatively low prices, these phones may have fairly high call costs on land, but will be invaluable for letting families know that you are alive and well in times of trouble, even if the ship’s power is out.
- Back-up power
Depending on the length of time a ship is without power, mobile and camera batteries will eventually run out. Having suitable back-up batteries ready at hand will allow passengers to stay in touch with worried families and let them know that no accidental injuries have been suffered.
- Survival food
A cruise ship without power can only supply so much food for passengers and storms have been known to send buffet lines flying in all directions. Packing a few high protein items to snack on will help to keep energy up. Such items may include peanut butter, canned nuts or other high calorie snacks.
- Hand luggage with spare clothing
Carry-on luggage packed with a few items of spare clothing can be worth its weight in gold when a return to land is delayed for prolonged periods.
Preventing injuries on cruise ships
Following the advice of the crew and remaining in cabins or other locations deemed safe by them in times of trouble will aid significantly in remaining free of being injured by accident.
If you were injured by a cruise ship accident, you may be entitled to personal injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline to establish your eligibility and make your claim for compensation on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.