Cruise Forward


No vacation comes close to cruising as a safe and reliable way to travel. The cruise industry is fully involved in continuous development of best practices when it comes to the safety, security and health of everyone on board a ship  - guests and crewmembers alike.


  • 15% Decline

    in cruise ship operational incidents since 2009

  • Each cruise ship receives thousands of hours of
    inspections and oversight before its maiden voyage

  • Though rarely needed, ships must provide survival craft for
    25% more guests than are actually on board

  • The U.S. Coast Guard enforces safety, security and environmental
    regulations for all cruise ships operating out of U.S. ports

  • A trip on a cruise ship is just as safe
    as a flight on a commercial airplane


Safety is woven into every aspect of the cruising experience, from innovative ship design and strict regulations and industry policies, to thorough safety drills for guests and crew and continual crewmember training. You’ll be hard pressed to find any other industry as vigilant as the cruise industry when it comes to the wellbeing of its guests.


Q. Are cruise ships safe?

A. Absolutely.


Five firefighting teams. 4,000 smoke detectors. 5,000 sprinkler heads.

Five firefighting teams. 4,000 smoke detectors. 5,000 sprinkler heads.

Safety: By the Numbers.

A typical CLIA ship of approximately 97,000 gross tonnage carrying approximately 2700 passengers and 800 crewmembers has five firefighting teams whose leaders have advanced shipboard firefighting training, plus 4,000 smoke detectors, 500 fire extinguishers, 16 miles of sprinkler piping, 5,000 sprinkler heads and 6 miles of fire hose.
Crime in perspective


An exercise in safety.


Ensuring cruise ship safety from design to operation.


Your cruise ship safety resources.


Cruise safety, by the numbers.

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