Prior to September 11, 2001, most travelers gave little thought to travel safety. Since that terrible terrorist attack and other problems around the world, travel safety is a leading concern of travelers throughout the world. News reports on cruise crime and ship outbreaks of the Norwalk virus are also worries for some cruise travelers. There are always risks involved with life in the 21st century. Unfortunately, it is easy to become so caught up in the “horrible-what-ifs” that travelers neglect precautions against common and often preventable travel hazards.
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).
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