Getting away from it all isn't supposed to mean getting into trouble. One advantage of cruise travel is the safety aspect—there is very little crime on board most ships. However, unaware of local customs and dangers, tourists are attractive targets for scam artists and petty thieves.
All too often passengers are lulled into a false sense of security by the cocoon-like atmosphere of their vessel. The port cities they anticipate with such enthusiasm can sometimes be intimidating, if not downright unfriendly, places.
Whether it's hair-braiders in Jamaica or gypsies in Barcelona, your first line of defense is preparedness. Let Cruise Diva's nine hints to Stay Safe Abroad be your guide.