European travel

With growing tensions in incidents in Europe, has anyone traveled over there recently? Especially in the last couple weeks? I last visited in 2007 (Paris,) but with almost-daily incidents of violence, I'm getting to be a bit apprehensive & anxious. I've heard some reports that people have said that security is noticeably increased, I will be traveling to Naples, Florence, Rome, Cannes, Marseilles, & Barcelona. We generally will be avoiding metros & be very aware of our surroundings, but now with incidents happening in large crowds, it's a bit daunting!

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Don't be afraid, but do remain aware of your surroundings.

Try to avoid large crowds in public areas -- especially streets if possible.

If something doesn't feel right, don't analyze it -- just go somewhere else while on your tours.

Hi - We were in Europe last year. mostly northern Europe. You are right, there is a lot going on around the world. There is just as much going on in the U.S. Our personal view of travel risk is that short of crawling into a cocoon, there is little way to avoid risk. That is (sadly) the state of our world today. We have confidence that the cruise lines we travel with take great care in monitoring global crises and make decisions on ports based on the safety and well-being of their crews, their guests, and their ships. We took cruise-sponsored excursions. We felt as secure as we expected. Bottom line, we are careful and plan where we go cautiously but we do not allow fear to dictate whether we cruise or not.

I was just going to say something similar to CruisingCM... We see whats going on over there, and I'm sure others see our news and wonder if it is safe to travel to the U.S.

Handle yourself with confidence, be aware of what is around you and learn some kung fu Big Smile

...Excellent insight, thank you for this! I've tried to connect this to what's going on in our own country & the persistent dangers that exist on our home soil. I certainly don't want to miss out on this experience of a lifetime & I'm sure once all is said & done, I'm sure my worrying will be for nothing. It's just the time waiting to go that is filled with the 'what if's' & my excessive googling! Haha. Not to mention the urging & worries from friends & families. We keep telling ourselves that the cruise ship is a seemingly much safer then perhaps being in the cities at night. & really, no one is going to come out & say, yes, travel it's 100% safe! Because let's face it..NO where is safe nowadays. Sadly enough.

& meghad23: My husband formerly did tae kwon do, maybe he'll come in handy :p

Before I travel outside of Canada, I contact External Affairs to determine if any concers exist where I will be. Common sense really. For everyone.

I'm sure your family and friends speak from authentic concern and love rather than to scare you out of cruising. As for your "excessive googling" (I literally laughed out loud when I read that)... well it's a double-edged sword, isn't it?
Remaining informed is essential to safe travel We refer to it as situational awareness. We applaud anyone's efforts to become a more knowledgeable globe trotter. In the US, there is the STEP program. I hazard a guess that similar programs exist in many other countries as well.

Absolutely a double edged sword..I love to be informed & know what's going on, but sometimes ignorance is bliss too! & thank you--I registered in the STEP program earlier this week!

We didn't used to but, will from now on...Register at the Embassies. I'll do it even when I go to England in September. Little things you don't know when traveling and staying on land...Italy hotels take your passport and put them in the hotel safe. Make copies or if you've got a tour guide that stays with you the whole trip....they may be nice enough to turn their passport in to cover their tour group. I carry my passport with me everywhere.

When I stayed in Rome (3 times) the hotel took a copy of our passport but never held on to it. When we did the Greek Islands cruise on Celebrity the ship held our passports and we had to get a xerox to carry with us in port.


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