What could be more fun than taking a cruise? You get to attend formal parties and eat tons of great food. You can gamble, go swimming, shop, or play shuffleboard.

Unfortunately, cruise ships can also be dangerous. Water and wind can combine to make for the occasional slippery deck and so can a spilled cocktail. There are always a certain number of robberies and sexual assaults committed on the high seas every year. A cruise ship can be the size of a small town in terms of population and it is subject to all of the dangers that would be present there. There are a few things you can do to keep yourself safe on a cruise ship.

Pay Attention During the Safety Briefing

When you first board the ship, you will be required to attend a mandatory safety briefing. Although some of the rules may be very obvious, they will also go over where all of the emergency exits are on the boat and they will let you know what to do during a muster drill.

According to the law firm of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. where the exits are and where to gather during a drill, will help you get to safety in a timely fashion in the event of an emergency.

Don’t Gaze at the Moon Alone

Although you might be tempted to go out for that moonlight stroll and enjoy the solitude of the sea, it can be very dangerous to walk on deck alone at night. The ship may or may not do background checks on its employees, but they definitely do not do criminal background checks on all of the passengers. You should always take someone with you whether you go strolling on the deck at night or walking through a town.

Drink Responsibly

It can be very easy to eat and drink too much on a cruise. Many passengers will rationalize that they have already paid for the food and beverage, so they may as well have their fill of them.

It can be a long walk back to your cabin at night if you have gone to one of the ship’s many bars. Alcohol can impair your judgment not to mention your vision, so it is important not to overdo it. Never leave your drink unattended; it only takes a moment to slip drugs into a cocktail.

Do Not Leave Valuables in Your Room

Theft on the high seas is not uncommon and neither is piracy. Give any jewelry you may have to the ship’s purser if you’re not wearing it. They will be able to put it in a safe for you.

What to do if you are Injured

If you are injured, let a crew member know right away. Fill out an accident report and go visit the ship’s doctor. Save all of the medical bills that are associated with the accident as well as any receipts for medications you might take. Contact a maritime lawyer before you file an insurance claim.

A cruise can be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Putting safety first can help to ensure that those memories are good ones.