We live the age of social media, where we share moments of our lives on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and other channels. However, there are somethings that you should never share online before or during your cruise.
In our never ending effort to help our readers have the best cruise possible, think twice before posting the following on social media sites until after you are home.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to take a photo of your boarding pass for your flights and post it online. Trust me I get it. You’re super excited about your flight to Miami so you take a photo of your boarding pass and upload it to Instagram. Why is this a extremely bad idea?
From the information on your boarding pass (Airline confirmation number, name, and destination), anyone can go to the airline’s website and not only make changes to your reservation, but they can also cancel your flights. A colleague of mine recently posted a photo of his boarding pass on Twitter, and I was shocked to see all that I could do with the information in the photo. I just about had full access to his booking. I had the options of doing everything from switching his seat assignment to canceling the booking.
Obviously, I didn’t touch a thing and sent him a message letting him know so he could delete the photo and not make the same mistake again. However, not everyone is honest like me and all it takes is one jerk to really mess up your vacation. If you really want to post a photo of your boarding pass, make sure you block out all sensitive information (confirmation numbers, ticket numbers, frequent flyer numbers etc).
Also, it’s a bad idea to post your cruise documents online that show your cruise confirmation number. It just makes it too easy for a hacker to access your bookings.
Another thing that you should not post online is the photo page on your passport. I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen cruisers post a photo of it in a cruise group as soon as their passport arrives in the mail. Your passport number should be treated like your social security number.
If you’re excited about finally receiving your passport and want to show it off to your travel buddies, take a photo of the outside of it.
Lastly, be extremely careful about advertising to the world that you will be gone for the week, especially if your home will be vacant during that time. Criminals love nothing more than knowing that your home will be unoccupied for the week.
Once you are home from your cruise, post away and let your friends know what an awesome vacation cruises can be. But while you are on the trip, using a little discretion and common sense can keep you and your sensitive information safe.