As a lucky/long-suffering wife of an ex-Royal Marine, I’ve become used to sharing his love of the sea. As such, here are my tips for getting the most out of your time spent enjoying a life on the ocean waves.


1. Think ahead to get the most out of your shore leave

Hopefully everyone booking a cruise has done so with at least passing reference to the port calls along the voyage, and having done so it makes sense to do a little research into your options for each time your feet hit terra firma. Personally I like to do this before I set sail but another option is to take plenty of reading material with you and swot up about what to do in the various ports along the way. Of course many cruise ships will have excellent wifi now and so an electronic device is your other option for that all important advice on local shops, restaurants, sights and activities.

2. Become aquainted with your floating city

Many cruise liners, including those of Cunard Cruises, are now the size of a medium sized city, meaning that your first few days (or possibly more) can be spent wandering around the lower decks wondering how on earth you find the spa/restaurant/cocktail bar and then when you do, how on earth you are going to find your way back to your cabin – especially if you were searching for the cocktail bar initially. I find therefore it makes sense to get hold of a map of the ship at the earliest possibility opportunity (which may well be before embarkation) so that you can mentally map your way around the ship in order to spend as little time as possible asking fellow passengers for directions and as much time as possible in the spa…or cocktail bar!

3. Don’t pack the evening before the cruise with the lights out

My husband often looks at people’s travel wear and wonders if everyone packed their bags with their eyes closed. Especially when we see people sitting up on top deck under the equatorial sun wondering if sun screen might have been a good idea, or people sailing in south east Asia during monsoon season wondering if a waterproof jacket might have helped. But as well as being prepared for all of the seasons which you might possibly encounter, also be aware that for some of the more formal evenings on ships, formal attire might well be required. So definitely bear this in mind if you harbour (sorry) aspirations of a gin and tonic with the Captain.

4. Expect the best but plan for the worst when it comes to sea sickness

Modern cruise ships employ all kind of technical wizardry to keep the voyage plain sailing but even the most sophisticated of technology can’t prevent a little rocking and rolling during slightly rougher seas. For that reason, it never hurts to visit your local pharmacist to ask for advice on a few mild sea-sickness cures which you can tuck away for a rainy day. Having said that, if you do tend to suffer from sea sickness, consider this before booking your cabin as some cabins (centrally-located, for example) tend to weather the rolling seas a little better than others.

5. Go on a diet before you set sail

Assuming your package is effectively all-inclusive (minus some of the more extravagant optional extras) you may find that during your voyage you end up impressing (or perhaps disgusting) yourself with how much you can eat in one single 24-hour cycle. One option is to hit the gym after your cruise but personally I prefer to take a pre-emptive strike approach and lose a few pounds beforehand. That way, I kid myself while aboard that I’m actually a little underweight and therefore that third helping of dessert is something I really ought to eat for the sake of my health. The third option is just to exercise restraint during your luxury cruise around the world….only kidding, it’s really not an option by any stretch of the imagination! I hope you found my tips helpful and for those of you about to depart on your sea-bound adventures, I wish you fair winds and following seas, as I think they say in the Royal Navy…

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “Cruise tips for the high seas

  1. I haven’t done cruise, and I’d love to do it! It’s a little out of budget though that’s why the plan to live in the water for a while never happens. I think I just need to focus more, and this one you wrote for us is enough inspiration to fight for it! Fight for the right to cruise! 😉

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