I am sure there are many people out there thinking about taking their first ever cruise holiday but who also have a few burning questions. A little while ago I had the below featured on some travel websites and thought it would be nice to also share it through my blog. I hope it answers some of your questions if you are “new” to cruise 🙂
1. Do you always get seasick on a cruise?
No you do not always get sea sick whilst on a cruise. Yes it can occur but it solely depends on the strength of your stomach, where in the world and at what time of the year you are sailing. Becoming sea sick is not something you can predict, some people do encounter the feeling and others don’t. If you were to feel a little queasy you can visit the on board doctor and have an injection that will take the feeling of nausea away quite quickly or alternatively you can take travel sickness pills. Do not let the worry of sea sickness put you off cruising, chances are you won’t even know or feel that the ship is moving.
2. Do I have to “dress up” every evening?
There are various different dining options whilst on board, they can vary per cruise line but usually you will find a mix of informal and smart casual evenings whilst on your cruise. Formal occasions do require you to adhere to the evenings dress code if you wish to dine in the main restaurants on board, if not you can choose the option of dressing down. Every cruise line and ship is different, some offer freestyle cruising where you can dress however you wish, there are no set dress codes. Some offer cruises where almost every evening is formal attire and some put it all together and let you experience a little of everything.
3. Do I have to leave the ship at every port?
When your ship docks at its desired location you do not necessarily need to leave the ship, you can quite easily stay on board. I have discovered many people who are under the impression that you must disembark during port days when in fact there is an ever growing trend of people opting to stay on board rather than go ashore.
4. Can I do an average 2 week cruise?
A lot of people interestingly think cruise holidays are extremely long and not something you could typical do in a “2 week break from work” in fact cruise holidays actually offer sailings from 2 nights all the way up to and far beyond 100 nights. During the summer months 2 week cruises are far from scarce, you are more than guaranteed to find your perfect 2 week cruise without much hassle at all.
Cruise ships visit many different countries all located in many different parts of the world. Yes cruise ships visit hot and exotic islands but they also visit places like Norway, Alaska, Iceland and Russia, not exactly the typical hot sunny holiday stop but something more visual and historic with many sights to see and places to discover.
6. Are cruises good for children?
Cruise holidays are quite possibly the best form of holiday for a family with children of any age. The on board kids clubs and designated youth services staff really are worthy of an award. On more or less every ship you can find designated children’s areas where they are occupied both day and night. In fact you may well forget you are even travelling with youngsters as the facilities offered for them are so well equipped.
7. Are cruises not just for the more mature person?
Cruises are not just for “older” people. With the increase in modern ships offering out of this world facilities cruising is at its peak and genuinely offers an experience both exciting and fascinating for people of all ages. Maybe ten or so years ago cruising was aimed and embraced by the older generation but the introduction of on board water parks, zip lines and other pulse racing facilities has seen the average age fall considerably.
8. What can I do on a cruise ship?
There is more than enough to do whilst on board your cruise ship; today’s cruise lines offer a fantastic array of facilities and on board activities. These vary per cruise line and specific ship but examples can include Ice Rink’s, sports courts, swimming pools, gymnasiums, spa facilities, organised games and events. You can choose to do nothing at all or you can choose to do as much as humanly possible. This again is the beauty of a cruise and you shall never be bored, not even for a second.
9. What can i expect from my cabin?
Cabins on board cruise ships are spacious and very comfortable. Even inside cabins offer ample space and storage for the most claustrophobic of travellers. Of course you have many stateroom choices and as your choice increases so does the size of you’re on board personal space.
Cruising is not expensive. In fact if you were to compare the cost of a family cruise against the cost of a family beach holiday you may very well be surprised to see that the difference is either nil or very minimal. Cruising really is exceptional value for money and your food and entertainment are included in the initial cost of your fare
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