Bringing Jewelry on a Cruise

When you watch classic movies involving cruises, the female stars are always dripping with gold and diamonds. On a modern cruise ship, it's better to stay more low key.

Back in those old days, there was a super-upper-class, and a very-low class. The twain never did meet. The super-rich would bring along their baubles and jewels - and a maid to watch over them. The entire passenger list of the upper class area would probably fit on a single floor of most modern cruise ships.

In modern times we don't have maids - and we do have huge ships full of varied types of people. You shouldn't be paranoid - but you shouldn't be fool-hardy either. The people you run into are probably quite decent and hard working - but one or two might be making their money to pay for their cruise by picking pockets occasionally. It's best not to take chances.

Many of the workers on cruises are paid incredibly low wages and work 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 8 or more months without a break. If they see a loose item that - with one casual swipe - could easily keep their family fed for 30 years, that is extremely tempting. Think of it in this manner - if you saw a $100 million dollar lottery ticket lying around at a giant office building, wouldn't you be tempted? What you consider to be a "nice trinket" could be a life's savings to another person.

Cruise ship rooms often have safes, but they do not necessarily work properly. Luggage isn't very secure. Then there are the normal problems of drinking too much and either losing or damaging the piece. A cruise should be about rest and relaxation - not about risking damage to an heirloom.

So leave the fancy jewels at home. A cruise shouldn't be about trying to impress anyone with your wealth. Choose jewelry that is attractive but not costly. That way you'll get compliments on how it goes with your outfit - but you won't bat an eye if they end up getting misplaced!

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