Over the years there have been some incredible myths and legends surrounding Cruises, with people passing off gossip as gospel, and adding fuel to the argument that cruises are a bad choice for the serious holidaymaker.
In this post, we’ll look at the top five myths surrounding cruises, and provide you with information to help debunk them.
Myth #1: Cruises make people seasick.
Wrong. Cruises don’t make people seasick; the motion of the boat on the water, combined with a predisposition of a person to succumb to seasickness, is what makes people seasick. There are some people who will get sick purely through suggestion or because of a pre-determined notion that they will experience nausea.
Modern cruise liners have stabilisers to counterbalance the effects of rough conditions at sea, drastically reducing the pitching of the vessel and subsequently giving passengers a smooth ride.
If you know that you are prone to seasickness then there are plenty of medicinal products and drug-free remedies to help reduce your chances of hurling up all over the poop deck (not a nice image really). I’ve known cruise ships to offer green apples to passengers, as these reportedly help to combat nausea. You can also buy travel sickness pills from your local chemist, or pick up acupressure wrist bands which are suitable for all ages.
Keeping an eye on the horizon and getting plenty of fresh air on deck will also help to alleviate any symptoms of seasickness, and you can also head towards the middle of the ship where there is less pronounced movement.
Myth #2: Cruise holidays are for old people.
Correct. Cruises are for old people, I’m not going to deny that. However, the myth lies in the perception that cruises are solely for the elderly. Whilst it’s a warming feeling to imagine every cruise ship as paying homage to the popular 80’s sci-fi flick ‘Cocoon’, it simply is not the case.
There are a huge range of cruises which cater for all ages and all walks of life. If you’ve got young children and want to keep them occupied whilst you enjoy a bit of R&R then you can go on a Disney cruise liner where they can be entertained by Mickey and friends.
Alternatively, if you are in need of a romantic getaway with your partner but don’t want to have the mood dampened by an abundance of heat-loving wrinklies on the sun loungers, then you can find great cruises around the Caribbean in the summer months.
Myth #3: The ship will sink, it’s a mathematical certainty.
If you believe this, then you’ve probably watched the film ‘Titanic’ a few too many times, or you are still hold onto the news of the Costa Concordia. Cruise ships are a fantastically safe mode of transport; in fact they are statistically one of the safest ways of travelling and are designed to be able to continue to the nearest port of call should an emergency occur – in essence the ship itself is the ideal lifeboat in an emergency situation.
If a ship does need to evacuate however, modern lifeboats are capable of easily accommodating well over the passenger count of the ship, and are designed to keep passengers safe and secure until rescue vessels arrive.
Myth #4: Cruises are too expensive.
This one is a more tricky area to debunk, purely because it depends on how much you want to pay for your holiday. Strictly speaking, a cruise allows travellers to see many different areas of a region where a typical package holiday would not.
The great thing about a cruise is the fact that you never have to worry about how to get from place to place, you won’t have to book multiple flights, and you have accommodation, entertainment and dining sorted within the holiday that you book.
Myth #5: Cruises are boring.
A lot of people hold the perception that a cruise is a boring holiday choice, and that passengers end up mooching around after a few days at sea because there is nothing to do but stare at the ocean. This is unfounded, and completely inaccurate as modern cruise liners are equipped with state of the art entertainment including:
- Sport and leisure facilities;
- Massage parlours;
- Computer centres;
- Art galleries;
- Live shows;
- Bars and lounges;
One of the best things about a cruise is the amount of destinations you get to visit. You won’t be stuck on a cruise ship for the whole time, in fact you will be able to go ashore and explore some great destinations too.
Some cruise ships also offer interactive training workshops on a variety of interesting topics, from acting workshops with members of RADA, through to glass blowing. It’s a clichéd statement, but there really is something for everyone on a cruise, regardless of age or interests.
Hopefully the explanations above have helped you to appreciate the value of a cruise experience, and perhaps you’ll even choose to go on one before you retire to help me to prove my point!
Travel tip shared by TomJamesBrennan