Hopping aboard a cruise ship and setting sail for sunnier skies is a dream vacation for many Brits.
But it could quickly turn into a nightmare if you get booted out before the holidays are over.
Aside from the obvious rules of not being violent or bringing illegal substances on board, one cruise expert has highlighted five ways people are commonly thrown off a ship, so you know how to avoid it.
1. False documents
If you forget your passport or don’t have a visa for any of the destinations, you may be barred from a cruise before it even leaves port.
Even if you don’t take flights and pass through airports, the cruise ship will still dock if you need to have the right documents to board at the start of a voyage.
Erica Silverstein is a travel writer who has cruised around the world.
she said United States today: “While in certain cases the ship can procure a group visa so you don’t need an individual visa, the only thing cruise staff can do is if it’s your responsibility to keep your paperwork in order and you don’t show yourself the door.”
2. Getting sick
Nobody ever wants to get sick while on holiday, but if you do get seriously ill, you need to get off the boat.
If you get mild travel sickness or a stomach ache, you can see a doctor on board, but if it’s something life-threatening like a heart attack or stroke, you’ll need to go to the hospital.
While getting sick isn’t an intentional violation of rules, cruise lines do have rules that say sick people must disembark.
It’s a sad way to shorten a vacation, but it’s definitely better in the long run to get emergency medical treatment.
3. Messy behavior
We all know that Brits go abroad, we like to have a drink or two, but if you start falling all over the place and getting lame you might get thrown off the boat.
Disorderly behavior will not be tolerated on board a cruise ship and all offenders will be dealt with by security personnel.
The rule doesn’t just apply to intoxicated individuals – adults, teenagers and children are all required to abide by the ship’s rules of conduct, and if they break the rules they can be removed.
4. Be rude to staff
Likewise, rudeness towards staff will not be accepted and if you insult or insult anyone working on deck you could face the wrath of the captain.
Erica said: “The captain is the ruler of the ship, the world on board is not a democracy – tick off the captain or abuse his staff and they have every right to send you packing.”
5. Break the quarantine
If you show signs of an infectious disease on board, the doctor may instruct you to stay in your cabin for a specified period of time to ensure you do not infect anyone.
While most sick people would prefer to curl up in the privacy of their cubicle, if you recover quickly you might consider taking a break.
If you’re caught sneaking out of your room to eat or taking a quick stroll around the deck, the crew can have you removed.
Erica said, “If you break the quarantine and you and your germs are caught roaming the ship, you may disembark if the captain and crew believe you are endangering others.”
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