Cruising Myths Busted

Posted October 17th, 2011

I’ll get Seasick:

People do occasionally suffer from motion sickness, so this is a valid concern. But, these days ships are all stabilised to reduce rolling (side to side motion) and pitching (up and down motion). There are also loads of seasickness remedies that you can now try, in order to minimise any discomfort you may feel.

One of the simplest and most cost-effective remedy is to use a “sea-band”. Sea-Bands work by applying continuous pressure by means of a plastic stud on the P6 (Nei-Kuan) acupressure point between the two central tendons near the wrist. This has proven to help the nausea subside. You should be able to find one in a pharmacy or the gift shop on board.

If this isn’t for you, you can always visit your Doctor and have them recommend a medication such as Stemitil or Avonmine, but beware that a lot of these have side effects such as drowsiness, dry mouth and recommendations to stay away from alcohol and sun exposure.

But, most of the time you will barely be aware that you are in the water as a lot of cruise itineraries stay in relatively calm waters such as protected seas and inside passages. Chances are you will be having so much fun that seasickness will be the last thing on your mind.

I’ll be Bored:

Cruising is not the sedentary past time it used to be, unless that is, if you choose for it to be so. During the day there are numerous activities to keep you busy, such as Bingo, trivia games, lectures, exercise classes, wine tastings, cooking classes and shuffleboard. On some ships you can also find golf simulators, putting greens, batting cages, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Or, you can treat yourself to some pampering at the spa where you can find everything from massages and facials to a

hair salon and fitness centre. But if none of this is for you, there is always the good old-fashioned lazing by the pool.

In the evenings you will have a number of bars and lounges to go to, as well as cabaret acts, comedians, late night discos and so on. And of course, don’t forget everything you can discover at each new port of call.

I Know Nothing about Ships – I’ll Look Silly:

The majority of cruisers are in the same boat, so you won’t be alone in your “silliness”. But just so you don’t feel like a total novice, here are a few basics for you:

  • Bow – the front of the ship
  • Stern – the back of the ship
  • Port – the left, as you fact forward
  • Starboard – the right, as you face forward
  • Galley – the most important part, the kitchen
  • Bridge – where the ships’ officers control and navigate the ships from – usually high up and to the front

Everyone on a Cruise is Old:

This used to be the case, and it sometimes still is. But it is becoming more and more appealing to younger passengers as it gains mass appeal. These days cruise lines are catering to younger cruisers like never before by offering more and more variety, options and excitement. There are now plenty of things to do on cruises for people of all ages.

Cruising is too Regimented:

Cruising has never offered more options, variety, choice and informality than it does today. Cruise lines know that passengers do not want or need regimentation on their holidays when they already have an overwhelming amount of it in their daily lives. So now you can choose when, where and with whom you want to eat, what types of entertainment you want to partake in, which shore excursions you want to go on and everything else in between.

There is an increasing emphasis on passenger comfort in terms of dress and informality, and you no longer need to dress up every night in formal attire. But – if this is what you want to do, you also still have the option to do so. The choice is all yours!

All there is to do is eat:

This is a very common and not unfounded misconception, as cruises used to revolve around eating. The early riser’s Danish and coffee; light breakfast on the deck; full breakfast in the dining room; mid-morning snacks; buffet lunch; hamburgers on the grill; full lunch in the dining room; afternoon snacks; ice cream and cookies; afternoon tea with pastries; dinner; midnight buffet; late night snacks… Don’t you feel full just looking at this?

But, today cruise ships are following the trend towards healthier living and eating habits. You can still partake in all of the above if you want, but you can also choose healthier and lighter options on the menu. And if you do choose to eat, eat, eat – the gym is always available to work it all off!

And if you’ve read the “I’ll be Bored” section, you will also know that there is loads more to do than just eat all day.

Cruise Ships are Crowded:

If you hate crowds and don’t like strangers constantly being in your space, you may have dismissed a cruise vacation. Cruise ships do jam 100’s, if not 1000’s of people onboard, and this doesn’t sound very peaceful and tranquil does it?

There are times when a ship is going to feel crowded, but you can always find little nooks and crannies to get away from the crowds. For some tips on how to find peace and quiet on board, read our previous blog post for some fantastic ideas.

Cruises aren’t for Singles:

It is a hard fact that travelling solo isn’t as cost effective as travelling as a couple or in a group, and the cruise industry is no different. The preference is for couples, as the rates are based on twin share. So if it’s just you, you can expect to pay 1 to 1½ times as much. So, you can be forgiven for thinking that cruises aren’t a good option for singles.

But – there are plenty of ways that you can cruise solo in an affordable manner. Some lines will specialise in cruises just for singles, so you could consider these. Others offer activities for singles about mainstream cruises to help you meet other solo travellers before the departure date.

Cruising is Expensive:

Some think of cruising as only for those with lots of money. They imagine bottles of champagne in a luxurious room, expensive tuxedoes and stiletto’s, lavish spas and exorbitant dinners. Cruising can be all of these things, if you want it to be.

But, good research, right timing and modest accommodations may make cruising much more affordable than previously thought. A lot of money can be saved by browsing and comparing deals, booking in advance, choosing to cruise in off-peak season, and being happy with an inside stateroom rather than a balcony room.

Cruises are All-inclusive:

While your onboard accommodation, entertainment and meals are included in the initial price, there are a lot of other costs involved. On most ships, except luxury liners, your out-of-pocket costs for things like bottled water, wine with dinner, drinks at the bar and shore excursions all add up. More and more ships are adding speciality restaurants to their repertoire, and these usually cost more. And, don’t forget housekeeping tips.

But, ultimately how much you spend comes down to you – if you can’t resist the slot machines, that expensive cocktail or that trip to the spa, your cruise could be very expensive.

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