Cruising is one of the safest forms of travel but there are a few things to be mindful of whilst sailing the high seas. Ships in port signal to many local people wealth and naivety so you can easily become a target of crime. But don’t worry, most of the locals love tourists for the honest trade they bring to their home, just be aware some see it as an opportunity to pickpocket, rob and scam.
Don’t get fleeced
Although, you may be perfectly safe in the hands of a local taxi driver you’re probably going to get ripped off. It is often a good idea to agree a price before you get on the road. Google journey prices beforehand so you have a rough idea of how much a journey should cost and if possible ask the concierge to order you a taxi before you leave the ship so you know it is a reputable driver. Staff on board the Bolsover Cruise Club’s ships are usually very knowledgeable and can fill you in on areas to avoid.
Sometimes it can get so busy in the ports that tourists can be so desperate for a taxi they will get in an unlicensed car, especially when there is only limited time to see a certain place. This can make you extremely vulnerable to high prices and angry locals who may not take so kindly if you don’t pay up.
Do your research
If you’re heading to a country which is particularly known for street crime or scamming read up on this beforehand and be aware. Most cities are rife for pickpockets so always ensure your wallet/purse is kept in a safe location and ladies make sure your handbag has a zip and if possible wear it across your body.
Avoid hot spots
A lot of thieves often work in gangs where one member may distract you by stopping to ask you a question or try to entice you to play a game when the other member strikes and another will run away with your money- this is a very popular technique so try to not get involved in street games. If you have to stop make sure you know where your valuables are at all times and don’t get distracted. Crowded tourist areas are usually hot spots for this type of crime such as in Barcelona on the Las Ramblas.