Cruise Diva's FOCUS
Cruise Travel Safety & Security
rescue workers "evacuate" a cruise ship during a
joint Disaster Response Simulation
Memory of the terrible events of
September 11, 2001
may have diminished, but a trip to any airport
these days reveals
security measures we aren't likely to see lessen soon.
Things we more or less took for granted in the past seem lost to a
more carefree time. As we move freely about our own country and take
steps into other parts of the world, safety and security are the
focus of heightened concern for many.
Should you travel? No
one can make that decision for you. Immediately after 9/11, it seemed
prudent to stay put. Some people canceled their cruising plans and no one
was critical of
their choice. Everyone has to live within their own zone of comfort
and Americans in increasing numbers are presently taking to the sky
We travel for many different reasons. Some
people have a
thirst for exploration and cultural enrichment, while others simply
need the relaxation and tranquility of a vacation. Travel brings us
together with people of many nations and promotes understanding of
foreign cultures. My comfort level tells
me to do what I love best--travel on ships. To that end, I haven't
altered my plans over the years; however, I have changed my expectations.
A simple trip
to the airport isn't as simple as it once was. Preparation and
planning are more important than ever.
Packing for Secure
Magellan's Catalog, the
choice of serious travelers:
Organize!!! Using packing organizers makes things much easier if
security should need to check inside your bag. If you pack with
Eagle Creek Pack-It Cubes or Pack-It Folders, it is easy for
authorities to inspect bit-by-bit, rather than riffling through a
whole pile of clothes. If you can find problem items quickly, you'll
be able to finish an inspection faster.
to have your carryon bags thoroughly searched and take as few things
as possible. Try putting all your little things, like pens and
lipsticks, into Pack-It Sacs or Pack-It Cubes, inside a larger tote
or cabin bag. This will make it much easier to empty and re-pack
your bag. You may find it's easier to choose a bag without lots of
small pockets to empty and reload.
The ship's Sick Bay. You hope you won't need it but it's
comforting to know you can depend on it... if only for a
-- This has
nothing to do with sunbathing in the buff. Here's
the scoop on protecting your cruise investment and yourself.
& Sea: Solutions for the Landlocked
The facts about cruise line Air & Sea Programs and missing
Bad weather, mechanical problems, and political unrest can set
your itinerary and plans adrift.
into Hurricane Season
hurricane season consumes a full six months of the year. It
doesn't have to spoil your cruise.
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© Linda Coffman