Cruising Myths Debunked

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  1. Julie Ap says:

    So wonderful to see travel fears de-bunked. I hate to think people miss out on adventures and experiences due to fear. Of the 6 on this list, I’ve only experienced one, and three of the others could just as easily happen at home. So I say go for it! Now to convince my other half…

  2. Shutterbug Sage says:

    Oh, man, number 4! I’ve been on one cruise in my life — an Inner Passage cruise in Alaska — and while it was gorgeous, I am not sure I’ll ever do anything like it again. When I was in Budapest, my hotel was right on the Danube and my 16th floor window looked down on the riverboats docked by the Chain Bridge. I think maybe a European river cruise would be more my style! 🙂

    • Cruise Writer says:

      Yes, a river cruise that is port intensive is ideal for somebody who might feel trapped. One size does not fit all and knowing what works best for you is an important part in choosing a cruise.

  3. I’ve only gone on one cruise when I was 8 years old, so I’m hardly a cruise expert & these myths are new to me. Still a valuable article for those debating on taking a cruise! I definitely agree that cruises are really great vacation value! Food, activities, AND getting to see new places all rolled into one!

  4. jen says:

    I have been on two cruises, one I was terribly motion sick, and although it kept me from cruising for another 10 year, I did it again and was just fine. Meclizine was a lifesaver! The cruise was the only way for us to visit parts of Alaska that we wanted and also was a great way to travel with kids from different families. The kids were always entertained and contained, and the adults could spend as much time away or together from each other as they wanted. I was a little annoyed that they tell you how much to tip, but found out that you can change it to whatever you like. These are great tips. Don’t ever let myths or fears keep you from doing something you might enjoy. You need to try it for yourself and then decide. Thank you for sharing!

    • Cruise Writer says:

      And this is the tricky part about the seasickness thing. Until you are actually on a cruise ship, you may not know that you suffer from it and that includes people who get sick on small boats. The first time I cruised with my sister, she got seasick. She swore that she would never cruise again. The kind crew on the ship offered her green apples, gingerale and recommended that she take meclizine. She has cruised many times since, but always prepares by taking a dose of meclizine to prevent sickness. It is very unfortunate that some times you have to get sick first to know that you are susceptible.

  5. Laura Pedlar says:

    I hear these myths time and time again from people who haven’t been on a cruise. Hopefully this will dispel some of those myths. Everyone I’ve spoken to who’s been on a cruise has caught the bug (of cruising, not Noro Virus!) and can’t wait to go on another.

  6. My husband got seasick terribly on our first cruise! He came prepared with the seasick patches which saved the day. The ship’s doctors are great too! We love cruising and have one already booked for this year!

    • Cruise Writer says:

      It’s essential to be prepared. Once you get seasick, there isn’t much that apples. Ginger ale and green apples are recommended to relieve some of the effects.

  7. Susan says:

    Pirates?! Ha ha I hadn’t heard that one. I am always amazed at how spacious the ships are. It seems like there’s something for everyone! I agree with your recommendation to stay center ship and below deck to minimize seasickness. Do you have any favorite cruise lines to recommend for cruisers without kids?

    • Cruise Writer says:

      There are definitely cruiselines for those who prefer to sail without kids or with fewer kids on board.
      One idea is to find thoseships that don’t have kids clubs. Another is to go more toward luxury brands. Also, if you sail when school is in session, there are usually fewer kids. There are also lines like Viking and Virgin Voyages that don’t allow kids.
      I am happy to make other suggestions.

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