Because of the terrorist activity in Paris last month, the State Department issued a Worldwide Travel Alert to all traveling U.S. citizens through February 2016. It begs the question.
Yes. According to CLIA (Cruise Line International Association), over 14 million Americans cruised in 2014 and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
Cruise expert Stewart Chiron of CruiseGuy.com says, “Government travel warnings don’t currently have tangible impacts on cruise bookings. Cruise lines are continuously monitoring each port they visit and make adjustments accordingly, when situations arise to ensure passenger and ship safety.”
Ben Souza of CruiseFever.net is not thinking twice about his upcoming European cruise and says being cautious is key. “When traveling abroad, always be aware of your surroundings. I try to blend in with the locals and never wear anything that draws attention to myself,” he emphasized.
Like air travel, the cruise lines are very diligent and take security matters very seriously. From the moment you arrive at the pier to crossing the gang way, a lot of behind the scenes security checks and cross checks are done that you don’t even know about.
The presence of explosive sniffing dogs, enhanced backstage screenings before baggage gets loaded on the ship, and running the passenger manifest through law enforcement databases are just some of the procedures that the cruise lines do. On top of that, each cruise line has their own set of security procedures.