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A safe trip begins at home. While you are researching the fun stuff, do your cruise travel health and safety homework. Research cultural, health and political climates at ports of call. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest travel warnings. (Note: Cruise ships do not typically make calls at ports that are on travel warning lists, but it pays to know the troubled hot spots in the world.) On a similar note, find out about international health warnings and information about travel health precautions at the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (www.cdc.gov/travel) or at the Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) (www.who.int).