Yes, there is a difference, and it can be a significant one. Singles cruises are geared toward younger individuals, with activities, excursions, and events planned around the themes of meeting new people and breaking the ice. Being a single ON a cruise means you are a passenger enjoying amenities alongside families, couples, and often other solo travelers. There are numerous attractions with both scenarios, but they do share a common element: You are surrounded by strangers, at least initially. Though you may meet new friends and rely on cruise ship crew to do their job in terms of security, you are on your own in terms of protecting yourself.
As such, it is important to take into account a few safety tips for singles cruises and singles going on cruises. Plus, since you do have rights if you are injured, you can use some additional recommendations on what to do if you suffer harm in a Miami cruise ship accident.
Safety Tips for Singles on Cruise Vacations
Initially, you should think carefully about whether sailing solo is right for you. There are a number of things to consider before taking a singles cruise, and plenty of factors to mull over when traveling by yourself. If you do decide to cruise on your own, keep a few safety recommendations in mind.
- Do NOT overdo it on the alcohol. Impairment is a top contributing factor for assault and other safety incidents on cruises. Stay in charge of your faculties and know when you have reached your limit.
- Be cautious of who is buying your drinks, and only accept a cocktail directly from a bartender.
- Keep a close watch on your cocktail, and never leave it unattended. Someone could slip something into your drink in a fraction of a second.
- Do not accept a walk back to your cabin from a stranger, even if inebriated.
- Bear these safety tips in mind when heading out for onshore events and excursions.
- Never advertise the fact that you are enjoying a cruise vacation alone.
- Double-check the door and lock when in your cabin.
What to Do if You Suffer Injuries
If you are the victim of assault or other misconduct, notify the first crewmember or cruise ship employee you can find. There are security personnel on board to protect passenger safety, and they will launch an immediate investigation. However, if your injuries are severe, your first priority should be seeking immediate medical care. Onboard health care providers will coordinate with security to handle details. Plus, write down all details related to the incident. These facts are important for pursuing a claim against the cruise operator.
Set Up a Free Consultation With a Miami Cruise Ship Accidents Attorney
Many people are drawn to the solo cruise experience, but you should not have to sacrifice safety when a cruise operator breaches the duty of care for passengers. For more information, please contact Gerson & Schwartz, PA at our offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, FL. We can schedule a no-cost consultation to review your circumstances and discuss how to proceed.