Going on a ferry is one of the most luxurious, yet cheaper and more environmentally ways to travel. Whether traveling alone or with your family or friends, you will never get bored. In the high-class, more developed countries, ferries provide passengers with world class facilities, such as entertainment rooms, playgrounds for kids, restaurants, cinemas, shops, swimming pools, lifts, comfy seats, Internet access, well-equipped toilets, baby changing rooms, pet cabins, reclining seats, and more!
These are one of the reasons why ferries are very popular among tourists – because it is guaranteed that you will enjoy the travel compared to having a road trip where all you can do is eat and sleep. However, can you entrust yourself and your family to such ferry services? It is said that in more developed countries, ferry services are safer, for example in the US, people think that traveling by ferries are safer than going by car.
However, even in countries, like the US, they fear of possible accidents that could happen and one thing they fear the most, especially after the September 11 incident, is terrorism. That is why security and safety measures have been imposed, not only in developed countries, but also in developing ones. But do not rely on their equipped safety measures to save your life. You should have some safety measures of your own too.
Here are some things that you need to do to ensure your own safety when traveling on a ferry:
1. Even before you book tickets on a ferry, go to your ferry company’s website and look for their reports regarding safety. Also check for feedback from other people, so that you will know whether the ferry services you wish to avail of are safe and can be trusted. Ferry regulations vary around the world, so it is vital that you search for reliable information.
2. Make sure you have a sufficient supply of prescriptions, and keep them in your carry-on luggage.
3. Check if your ferry provides medical assistance, just in case you might need it.
4. Organize a travel first aid kit, and bring plenty of sunscreen and mosquito repellent.
5. Whether you get seasick or not, it is always best to be prepared. Buy some travel sickness tablets beforehand. A motion sickness band is also another option and is a favourite among tourists.
6. If the ferry you’re boarding seems overcrowded, trust your instincts, because the chances are that it is. The safest policy is to talk first to a company official and ask if they think that the boat is not overcrowding. If they reassure you that it’s safe, then trust them. But if you still have your doubts, then you may disembark and wait for the next ferry.
7. Do not go on board a ferry in bad weather. Even in good weather, you always must have precautions and be careful.
8. When the vessel has reached its destination, make sure that all of your things are safe and you have a good hold on them. Beware of pickpockets.
9. If you have kids, you have to keep a good watch on them at all times. Do not allow them to play by the railings. It is best to have them inside the ferry’s closed, air-conditioned area and just give them something to do if they aren’t entertained already with the available facilities.
10. If you see someone accidentally go overboard, alarm a crew person immediately.
Ferry trips can be fun and adventurous. You just need a little common sense, and then you’ll have a wonderful time!