Getting ready to take the plunge into your first cruise could be quite intimidating. Most first-time cruisers have the same reservations.
Will I get motion sickness?
The answer to this is maybe. You can expect to experience motion while on the ship. When the ship is going slow the motion is less detectable. However, when the ship is in open waters you will know that you are on a ship. Although all modern cruise ships are equipped with stabilizers to reduce the swaying action on a ship, some people have a low tolerance to motion. Talk with your medical profes sional before you cruise about dealing with motion sickness. There are prescription medications available to help with motion sickness. If you are not sure about your ability to tolerate motion on the ocean, know that there is a medical center on the ship available for emergency care. Visiting the medical center is at an additional charge (travel insurance is always recommended.) On the lesser extreme, there are some remedies that you can take while on the cruise to ease symptoms like eating ginger based products or wearing Sea-Bands.
Will I feel trapped in a small cabin with my family?
Cruise cabins are not small if you upgrade to the Presidential Suite or the Courtyard Villa like on Norwegian Cruise Line. The truth is that there are larger-sized accommodations available if your budget allows. If you are not in the position to upgrade to a larger-sized cabin, then remember that you will use your stateroom mostly for taking a break in between activities, getting ready for activities, or for sleeping. Cruise ships are designed with opulent public rooms for you to stretch-out and relax: the spa, the library, countless lounges, a private corner in the adults only sanctuary are places you can hide.
Will I be bored?
If you feel bored on a cruise it is your own fault. There are numerous activities available day and night to help passengers engage and to entertain. The nature of the activity is dependent on the cruise line. Some cruise lines have non-stop activities (Royal Caribbean) while other cruise lines offer more relaxed enrichment (Cunard Line’s Cultural Insight’s program.).
Typical activites on a family friendly cruise line – these are in addition to meals, ports of call, shopping in the boutiques, entertainment shows, and live music in the various lounges.
- Spa seminars
- Fitness classes
- Mixology classes
- Trivia contests
- Arts and Crafts class
- Ping Pong tournament
- Casino tournaments
- Talent show
- Pub crawl
- Destination lectures
- Shopping tips and ports briefings
- Dance lessons
- Cooking lessons
- Foreign language lessons
- Wine tastings
and….your children will enjoy age appropriate activities designed specifically for them in their fully-supervised kids club.
Will I gain weight?
Let’s face it, most of us Moms are always trying to get rid of those last few baby-pounds. A cruise should no more derail you from your fitness goals than staying at home. On every cruise there are healthy portion sizes and a wide range of healthy options to keep you on track. There are gyms available with fitness classes to also assist you with your workout goals. And don’t forget you will be walking a lot around the ship, adding to your calorie burn. If you gain weight on a cruise it is because you choose to overeat. A little self-disciple and a firm determination not to ask for a second entree (because they will give it to you) will help you keep those extra pounds off. Remember that you are on vacation, so relax and enjoy within reasonable limits.