Safety concerns

We have a cruise booked out of Miami with stops at Roatan Bay, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. I am curious if there are any safety issues that we should be concerned with in any of these ports. I assume they will stop in safe areas but assuming sometimes can get you in trouble.

We are also thinking about not doing an excursion in one or two of the ports and spending a few hours around the port and enjoying the ship the rest of the day. Anybody have opinions on what ports might be the best option for that?

Thanks in advance for any tips.

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The main point, stick to well populated tourist areas and don't wander off the beaten path. Use common sense and keep your witts about you.

Thank you. That is always our plan on every cruise.

You can get into trouble anywhere if you don't pay attention to your surroundings. If we don't like the "looks" of a port when we dock, we stay on board. The cruise lines have a vested interest in keeping their passengers as safe as possible. I agree with OldGreyWolf completely!

Since I am a Public Safety Professional, I will pose this question:

Where in the world is actually "Safe"?

Safety is 75% Based on YOU and YOUR situational awareness.

If you place yourself in a situation where you are feeling uneasy, or unsafe, Theres a good chance that you shouldn't be there.

These ports and Islands survive on Tourist Dollars, so as long as you dont travel down back alleyways, and stay in tourist areas, you will find yourselves safe

When taking a excursion booked through a cruise line, the companies have been thoroughly vetted by the cruiseline, because they don't want to get sued if something happens to you.

With that being said, be aware of your surroundings, and keep your head on a swivel. Dont make yourself an easy target.

Very sound advice given here. Common sense when in port, stick to the populated areas and when in doubt don't wander about.

OPUS, you can't fix stupid. People want to save that buck, or do something "off the beaten track", well then...

That be how they earn a Darwin award

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We have a cruise booked out of Miami with stops at Roatan Bay, Harvest Caye, Costa Maya, and Cozumel. I am curious if there are any safety issues that we should be concerned with in any of these ports. I assume they will stop in safe areas but assuming sometimes can get you in trouble.

We are also thinking about not doing an excursion in one or two of the ports and spending a few hours around the port and enjoying the ship the rest of the day. Anybody have opinions on what ports might be the best option for that?

Thanks in advance for any tips.

Just to add to AuntPinkie and OpusTGreat here's something else you may do. Register with the Department of State whenever I'm traveling out of the country. They send you alerts if any thing is happening also it alerts them that you are in the country should something happens while you're there. https://step.state.gov/step/

FYI:

What is STEP?Benefits of Enrolling in STEP The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

I plan on doing all those. Was only curious if anybody knew of any issues in any of the ports.

Those are probably 4 of the most visited ports in the W. Caribbean. On a good day, sometimes I think there are more tourists in those places than locals.

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