Maybe you’ve have friends that have taken cruises. Maybe you have watched the commercials and seen all the fun people are having, but you still have reservations about taking a cruise for the first time. We understand!
Let’s talk about some common cruising myths and whether there’s any real truth behind them.
Myth # 1: Cruise ships are crowded and cramped
Depending on the size cabin you decide to go with, your room may be a bit on the smaller side. That’s not always the case though. Some staterooms can be rather large. Choose a cabin with a window and this will help the room seem larger. You can also choose a room with a balcony for a little extra space.
However, you’ll find that you spend little time in your cabin, because there’s so much to do on a cruise ship!!
Our upcoming First Timer’s Cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway has so much to keep you busy, such as a spa, lounges, 2 water parks, sports complex, fitness center, casino. shopping and so much more. You’ll be so tired from all that activity, you won’t care about the size of your room as long as you can sleep!!
Myth # 2: I’ll be seasick
Unless you are very sensitive to motion sickness, it’s unlikely that you will be seasick. Ships are outfitted with stabilizers to give you a smooth ride.
This is not to say that it’s impossible, and if it’s something that worries you, think about bringing some sea sickness remedies with you.
If you do take a shore excursion with a boat ride, keep in mind that those boats will be less stable and you may want to bring along something for motion sickness if you are prone to it.
Here are some remedies and tips to help you prevent and combat sea sickness:
- Make sure you’re well rested before you set sail.
- Take an antiemetic, such a Bonnie or Dramamine.
- Get fresh air. Get out on the balcony or deck of the ship and look towards the horizon.
- Book a cabin mid-ship and near the water line.
- Have a bite to eat. Some good options are bland foods, such as saltines, plain bread or pretzels. Ginger has been known to help with motion sickness, so sipping on a ginger ale works wonders. Peppermint has also been proven to help with stomach ailments and may help.
- Wear an acupressure wristband.
Myth # 3: Cruises are for party people
There are all types of cruises, from party-type cruises to adults only luxury cruises to family-friendly cruises. It all depends on the cruise ship and company and your personal preference.
We are more than happy to help you find the best cruise for your personality!
Myth # 4: I’ll get a virus!
While it’s true that anytime a virus breaks out on a cruise ship, the news lets you know about it, it’s not all that common.
In fact you are more likely to get norovirus ashore than on a cruise ship.
Most cruises are equipped with hand sanitizer and reminders about frequent handwashing, the #1 way to stop the spread of disease.
Some cruise ships even ban the self-serving buffet for the first 48 hours of a cruise, the time it takes for the virus to incubate. So relax, and remember to wash your hands!
Myth # 5: I have to get dressed up
Although there are some cruise ships that have formal dinners, it’s certainly not mandatory. If you look at Norwegian’s Freestyle Cruises, there are many dining options to choose from and you can dress however you’d like.