I really cannot stress enough how important it is to take note of the safety information and advice you are given whilst on board. Most of it comes down to simple common sense and is not hard to follow; it could well save your life.
One thing I want to stress is that you must never EVER throw your cigarette end overboard. We all know that there are still some people however that will do this but you do realise you could be killing everyone on board if you do!? If that lit cigarette is drawn back into the ship by the wind it could well lie there entirely un-detected causing a catastrophic fire.
The Star Princess suffered this fate several years ago. A lit cigarette end went un-detected and caused a serious fire which sadly cost one person their life. The damage was extensive costing millions to fix, several people were injured and I am sure everyone on board had the scare of a life time.
Another thing that sometimes needs controlled just a little bit more for some people than it does for others is alcohol consumption. Let your hair down, have a party by all means but please try not to get yourself to the point where you don’t actually know where you are or who you are anymore! This too can lead to all kinds of safety issues. I heard a story a few years ago in which a group of people had a little too much to drink on one cruise ship and thought it would be a good idea to try and set fire to one of the bars on board. Why anyone would be so criminally stupid is beyond me but apparently it was true.
On a slightly more relaxed safety note, we know some of the entertainment on board is amazing and the singers can be quite mesmerising but please, don’t be tempted whilst swaying from side to side to do the whole “lighter in the air” thing as you will set off the sprinklers causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and I am positive your fellow passengers will be far from impressed at being soaked.
These things are not difficult to adhere too. The same goes for just taking fifteen minutes to familiarise yourself with the immediate surroundings of your cabin. Although the cruise industry has been kicked in the teeth consistently since the Costa Concordia incident in January I can assure you that it is rare to come across a problem at sea but, it never hurts to be prepared.
If while on board you find yourself curious about certain safety issues then don’t be afraid to approach a member of the crew and simply ask your question out loud. It is better to know the facts than to wonder or guess what the correct answer or procedure might be.
Everyone just wants to have a good time, and there really is nothing stopping you, just try to remember you are at sea, a small situation easily controlled on land can easily become a mammoth task to control on a ship. Use a bit of common sense, have a great time and come home safely.