Learn their customs and respect them. Especially religious ones.
Dress conservatively and don't advertise that you are a tourist. .
Not everyone in the world practices a fast paced life. That is an American trait. Many people in other countries think we are foolish to spend our lives rushing so much. Respect the culture of others and try to follow their pace. You may be somewhat frustrated in being forced to slow down, but you’ll soon adjust. It is easier to meet their pace than to try to hurry everyone else.
Be careful and use common sense when taking photographs. In many countries there are restrictions against taking pictures of military or police operations, bridges or government buildings or facilities. Don't try to take photographs of political demonstrations, it could land you in trouble or possible danger. If you have any doubts, simply ask permission first.
Always show courtesy and respect when taking photographs, especially at cultural, political or religious events. Put yourself in their place. You wouldn't like some tourist snapping pictures at a family funeral or your sister's wedding. Again, if in doubt, ask permission.
When in port your time can be your own or you can book a shore excursion. Checking out a port on your own is great fun but it can also be a challenge.
A big ship full of tourists means all locals will be converging on the area to check out the potential shoppers and sightseers. Being on the ship labels you as wealthy, whether you are or not. You are compared to the people in most parts of the world. An unknown port could be dangerous, so you’ll need to be careful. Learn as much as possible about a specific port and the country before arriving.
Doing your homework could greatly enhance your safety. Less experienced traveler should probably consider the cruise line’s shore excursions. They may be more restricted than being on your own, but you might have more chances to enjoy the area since you’ll know you’re safe. Shore excursions sold on board the ship can vary in cost. Find out in advance what they are so you can compare with on local sightseeing offers or just wandering on your own.
travel.state.gov/ Try the U.S. State Department’s Travel Warning and Consular Information web page. It contains detailed information on foreign countries’ entry requirements, safety, crime, medical facilities, traffic and aviation safety, customs, criminal penalties and special issue information. It also furnishes contact information and web links to foreign Embassies and Consulate offices.
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook. This is the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s country listing section of the CIA’s World Factbook web page. It contains detailed information on foreign countries. This information is particularly useful to the business traveler. It also includes information can be helpful to the tourist or vacationer.
usembassy.state.gov Try the U.S. State Department International Information Program’s U.S. Embassies web page. It contains links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates in foreign countries throughout the world. Every site is different, but each contains information helpful to any U.S. citizen planning a visit to a particular foreign country.
travel.state.gov/acs.html Use the U.S State Department’s Services and Information for American Citizens Abroad web page. It contains links to specific information on services that the U.S. State Department can provide to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. It has sections on emergency services, legal assistance and other aid available, in the event of crisis, arrest, accident, severe illness, death or marriage in a foreign land while travelling.
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