Over half of British cruisers disregard safety procedures

Despite recent accidents such as the Concordia disaster, over half of British cruisers admit that they fail to familiarise themselves with safety procedures on board.

This is according to online cruise travel agency BonVoyage.co.uk, which polled 1,289 British travellers who had been on a cruise at least once in the past two years to mark the anniversary of the Concordia tragedy last month. While two thirds of travellers say they make the effort to familiarise themselves with the safety procedures when flying, more than half said they did not read the safety procedures on board when cruising.

Just under a third said they did not bother to read the safety instructions because they “wouldn’t remember the procedures anyway” and just over a quarter said that doing so would make them feel more worried. A fifth claimed it was “unnecessary” and a further 15% said that they would rely on other people telling them what to do in the event of an emergency.

Despite the general indifference, the respondents said that the muster drill was the most important safety procedure (36%), followed by knowing where the nearest fire or safety exit is from the cabin (29%). 22% said that knowing where the lifejackets are kept was priority. The poll also revealed that 94% of cruisers were content with the level of security and safety on board.

Steph Curtin, Cruise Development Manager of BonVoyage.co.uk, said: “It’s good to know that cruisers are generally happy about the level of security on board, but even if cruising is one of the safest modes of transport, it is essential that cruisers pay more attention to safety procedures.

“Even though accidents are extremely rare, it’s always good to know what to do in case of an emergency.” Stay safe on holiday by investing in a travel insurance policy. This provides you with financial cover in the event of an emergency overseas.

Date Created: 01 March 2013

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