Do you have a cruise vacation blocked out on your calendar? Whether you’re a regular on the open seas or a newbie, there are always things you can do to ensure your trip is a great one. Read on for four of them.
1. Prioritize Comfort
Having everything in order before you head out on any trip is important, but you’ll want to make extra sure you’re ready for anything before you step aboard a cruise ship. While your list of items to pack will vary depending on if you’re headed on a Bermuda cruise or one in Alaska, there are a few must-haves for every traveler.
Have you ever been seasick? Once is all it takes, especially if it happens when you’re in the middle of the ocean with no land in sight. Be sure to stock your first aid kit with whatever you might need to prevent (and soothe) seasickness, such as motion sickness medicine, pressure bands, or ginger for settling an upset stomach. You can also request a room on the lower deck towards the center of the boat. This tends to be a better location for seasick-prone travelers.
For comfort and convenience in your room, consider packing an extension cord and powerstrip to ensure you’re able to plug in as needed. Packing cubes are a convenient way to keep your items stowed away while taking up less space. Store toiletries within reach yet still out of the way by using an over-the-door hanger.
2. Plan, Plan, Plan
One of the greatest things about cruises is the convenience. Maybe you need a babysitter so you and your partner can enjoy a date night, or maybe you can’t wait to book a few spa treatments. Whatever you think you’ll want to do, make it easy on yourself and make your reservations in advance.
Not only will this be one less thing for you to do once you’re aboard, it will also make things easier from a financial planning perspective as well.
3. Get Familiar With Your Ship
When you go on a vacation, planning out an itinerary ahead of time is typical. It’s helpful to know as much as possible about where you’re staying and its surrounding areas, as well as available activities and attractions nearby. A cruise ship is no different, so brushing up on its ins and outs ahead of time will make all the difference in your experience.
It’s important to remember that cruise ships aren’t just packed with things to do, they’re huge. And it can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first-time cruisers. Familiarizing yourself with the ship ahead of time is a must. Learn everything you can about its dining options, recreation, nightlife offerings and location of guest rooms.
4. Take Care of Yourself
Anyone who has been on a cruise before can attest to one thing — there’s a lot of food, and it’s always available. And while this can certainly be enjoyable, it also makes it a little too easy to overindulge. Unfortunately, overindulging can lead to feeling anything but your best.
In addition to this, it’s also a bit too easy to spend more time lounging than incorporating movement into your day. Pair this with one too many cocktails, ice cream treats or bar-type fare and you’re bound to be craving a long walk and a salad long before you hit the road for home.
Balancing everything out is possible and easier than you might think, and you can still indulge and relax without ending up feeling yucky. Aim for plenty of water, fruits and vegetables each day and make a point to walk for 20-30 minutes each day. Chances are there will be plenty to explore aboard the ship, along with fitness classes, dancing, or even dancing lessons. Have fun with it.
Heading out on a cruise can and should be a wonderful and relaxing experience. With plenty of planning, exploration and balance, you’ll enjoy the perfect vacation.