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Frequent Misconceptions or Questions about Cruising
Q: Aren’t cruises really expensive?
A: Cruises come in a variety of price points. Cruises are actually a VERY affordable way to vacation in the Caribbean or other parts of the world. Because it includes your meals, some beverages, lodging, and transportation between destinations, it’s a really cost-effective vacation. A cruise for 2 can be AS low as under $1000 total including taxes for a shorter cruise or an inside stateroom with a good sale. Also, cruises can cost many thousands of dollars. There is something for everyone!
Q: Won’t I feel trapped on the ship?
A: Never. A cruise ship feels like a small city floating on the water. There’s always so much to do, and you rarely spend much time at all in your stateroom. Most cruises have amenities like pools, casinos, sundecks, multiple restaurants, hot tubs, kids clubs, mini golf, outdoor sports like basketball, ropes course, wall climbing, dance clubs, a comedy club, a theater, activities like games and dance lessons, adult-only areas, and a spa. Every cruise ship is different! Some of the newest ships even features things like ice skating rinks and Broadway shows!
Q: What if I get seasick?
A: I got seasick on my first cruise. Listen to me – you do not have to suffer this way! If you board the ship and feel just a little nauseous, just go on down to guest services and buy a $5 pack of pills and they work. Some cruise lines even have them free of charge. Just DO.NOT.WAIT! Some folks like natural solutions, and I tried Ginger caplets… and I will share that they didn’t work for me and ginger is unpleasant in the wrong direction.
Q: I don’t like to fly. Don’t I have to get to Florida to take a cruise?
A: Absolutely not! Ports are located all over the United States! We have New York, New Jersey, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, New Orleans, Houston/Galveston TX, and various ports on the West Coast like Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, & Los Angeles.
Q: Aren’t cruises too long?
A: No way Jose. Cruises vary in length from 1-2 days all the way up to 3 months. Average cruises are 3-12 days, with the vast majority being 7-8 days.
Q: Won’t I gain all kinds of weight on a cruise eating all that food?
A: If you stay active and make reasonable choices, you shouldn’t gain too much weight. If you are concerned, take a fitness class, visit the gym, walk the track, and take the stairs.
Q: What about special dietary requirements?
A: Most cruise lines are very well equipped to handle a variety of dietary needs these days, such as vegetarian and gluten-free. Also there are often sugar-free options for many foods as well.
Q: Aren’t I putting myself at risk to catch the Norovirus while cruising?
A: Not really! You are much more likely to contract a typical stomach virus during normal home life than you are to catch Norovirus on a cruise ship. According to the CDC, when there WAS an outbreak of Norovirus, less than 10% of passengers were affected.