The article names ten ports most of which I have never visited. It surprised me that Rio was on the list but I'm guessing in addition to the possibilities of robbery and assault the Zika virus put it on the list. We never felt afraid there but we did travel with another couple and stayed where most of the cruise visitors were. Needless to say we stayed aware of our surroundings as well.
So if your cruise ship does stop in a more dangerous than normal place what should you do? Here's a few tips:
- Don't travel alone. As a matter of fact, this would be a good time to choose a ship's excursion rather than explore on your own.
- Avoid isolated places but also keep in mind that you don't want to be near a demonstration, political rally and in some cases even a soccer watch party.
- Dress modestly. No jewelry. Keep valuables hidden (don't walk around with your iPhone out looking at directions). Take only a small amount of cash and avoid the ATM machine. If you must use it, use one inside a bank and/or be very aware of those around you who may be looking to see what you are withdrawing.
- Don't wear flip flops. If you need to run from a situation, you don't want to be running in floppy shoes.
- Avoid being out after dark.
Rape, robbery and kidnapping are all a possibility almost anywhere in these days of uncertainty in our world but there are some countries that have more difficulty policing those things. That common sense your mom always talked about would be a good thing to tuck in your pocket along with your cruise card when you go ashore.