If you've seen the movie 'Titanic' you might be aware of the importance of cruise security. Wherever you are, security is crucial for your safety and well being.
Sometimes passengers are inclined to let their guard down while on a floating vessel. They may perceive a water excursion as a relaxing environment devoid of all the troubles that everyday life brings. Regardless of how much fun you are having enjoying 5-stars facilities provided on cruise liners, you should still be aware that accidents and security threats can still happen.
Here are a couple of examples of cruise security and why it is essential to every traveler and staff member onboard:
- Baggage checks - With the millions of passengers going out on a cruise every single day, bag checks are essential to ensure no illegal materials are on board such as illegal drugs or firearms. Theft can occur on a cruise so security personnel make sure passengers’ belongings are safeguarded from the hands of trouble makers. If you plan to bring a lot of things on your cruise it's best to have 2 bags: 1 bag to store your clothes, shoes and other accessories; and 1 hand-carry bag for your personal things such as mobile phones, wallets, and jewelry. Don't forget to put mini locks and tags on your luggage so you can easily identify them while boarding and disembarking.
- Cabin security - It is the duty of security personnel to ensure sleeping areas or cabins are free from any materials and substances that may endanger the life or wellbeing of passengers. Passengers should also thoroughly inspect the room starting from the door locks down to the mattresses. Locking the door when entering and leaving your room is also crucial to avoid theft or surprise visits by confused passengers.
- Security in public areas - Regardless of whether you're in a private or public place onboard, there are still chances for danger or criminal acts to occur. What if a passenger accidently gets thrown off the ship? What if someone decides to make a scene and ruin the peace and prosperity inside the ship's common pub? This is where security personnel comes in.
Safe and Secure
After the events of September 11, 2001, the cruise industry put into place a variety of procedures intended to foil a terrorist attack. Most of these policies are still in effect today and include:
- A 90-metre security perimeter around ships while in port Airport-style x-ray screening of all carry-on baggage
- Pre- and post-cruise bomb searches aboard ships Background checks for all crew
- X-ray screening of all provisions
- Guest manifests checked against terrorist watchlists