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Portofino Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014-032I’ve talked many times before about the importance of doing your research before you leave for a new destination (for example, educate yourself about scams common in the area). Taking some time now can mean a better travel experience later.

Well, as I recently saw pointed out by Michael Winkleman, a maritime law attorney in Miami, this advice applies to cruise ports of call, as well. Just because a port city isn’t the focus of your trip, or you won’t be spending much time there, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take the time to equip yourself with important information. As Winkleman says:

“The Department of State publishes worldwide travel warnings online with up to date information concerning destinations abroad, including many regular ports of call for cruise ships. The travel warnings and alerts can be found at: travel.state.gov. This site is an invaluable reference to consult just before you embark on a cruise. Very often, cruise lines will not provide you with the travel warnings contained within the Department of State’s website. In the past, such information has included a warning that taxi drivers in a popular cruise port destination were committing violent crimes on tourists that entered their taxis! Other information may include beaches or neighborhoods to avoid because of violent crime.”




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