What can cruise passengers bring with them as a precaution to help get through the unlikelihood of a cruise ship losing power?
Although cruise ship fires and power outages on cruise ships do occur, they are fairly rare. In fact, considering that over 16 million people went cruising last year without incident should tell you just how isolated incidents like these are. But yes, they happen, and when they happen they are all over the news and cause panic among those think that cruise ships are unsafe.
Some people were asking how the cruisers aboard the Carnival Triumph could have been more prepared for the lack of power and food aboard the ship. Here are a few useful tips for those who want to be prepared for anything during their dream vacation.
So what can you bring aboard the ship when you are expecting another Triumph-like experience?
Bring an extra cell phone battery
Ok, so this one might not work for those with an iPhone. But you can still bring a solar powered battery pack or charged up battery station to keep your phone charged up when the power goes out. Yes, we know that the cell phone service went out when the power went out on the Triumph, but on 3 separate occasions Carnival cruise ships came by to deliver supplies and cruisers were able to piggyback off the other cell tower to contact their loved ones. But if their phones were dead, there’s nothing they could do. At least with an extra battery or power station you will be able to have your phone ready, and if nothing else you can play Angry Birds while you wait.
Bring extra snacks and load up your fridge
It might seem absurd to bring food aboard a cruise ship that is abounding with free food everywhere, but some people like to bring their favorite snacks with them anyway. And in case of emergency, you will want to have some extra reserves so you don’t have to wait in line for a few hours for a bite to eat. Bring small snacks that are heavy in protein and calories but still have some nutritional value. You can also grab a couple oranges or apples from the buffet and put them in your room fridge. Having fruit on hand helps curb your appetite and it’s good for you.
Bring collapsible water bottles
For Carnival ships you are allowed to bring a 12 pack of non-alcoholic beverages with you that are under 20 oz. each. But you don’t have to worry about bringing your own water. The water that comes out of your sink in your cruise cabin is filtered and just as clean as bottled water, if not cleaner. If you bring some collapsible water bottles you don’t have to worry about them taking up much space, and you can fill them up and keep them in your room if the need arises.
Bring sanitation wipes and latex gloves
One of the biggest issues aboard the Carnival Triumph was the filth created by the lack of working toilets. There are sanitation stations all round cruise ships today, but having your own sanitation wipes can come in handy. And if the showers are not working you can use them to clean up and at least get rid of that grimy feeling for a while. Also, having latex gloves would be nice for moving about the ship. Crews on the Triumph were washing down railings and hallways, but it can’t hurt having an extra layer of protection from germs and disease.
Bring some good books and games
My wife and I try to bring games and books for any cruise, but this is also a great way to help pass the time if you are stuck on a powerless boat in the middle of the ocean. Keeping spirits high and morale up is a tough job in a bleak situation like this, but it’s amazing how much a little game can help distract you from how hungry or tired you are.
What other tips do you have? Anything else you should bring that would help in a situation like Carnival Triumph? Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you.