While the majority of cruise travellers take to sea healthily and happily, anytime we step outside of our normal routine, we can become susceptible to a lot of different problems. Whether its jetlag, dehydration, seasickness or Norovirus to name a few, there are many different ailments that you can suffer from while taking a cruise. This is not to say that you should be overly worried, just be cautious. To help you if you are looking at booking or already have booked cruises from Southampton or other places, we have taken the time to list some tips for avoiding many of these troubles.
Always Wash Your Hands
This is perhaps the most important way that you can avoid Norovirus and other viruses. You need to wash your hands even more than you would normally – after using the toilets, before and after you eat food, when you return from a day trip at a port, any time you touch a stranger or often-touched item such as a slot machine or stair railing. By doing this you will kill off the majority of germs before they can even begin to infect you.
It is important to stay hydrated whether it is a hot day or cold day. It is a good idea to bring along a reusable water bottle and fill it up using the ship’s restaurant or buy your beverages before you get on the ship or at times when you visit a port.
Don’t Drink The Water
Although it may seem like this contradicts the previous tip, the reason you shouldn’t drink water is at destinations where it is not healthy or safe to drink the local water. You can check for this information online or in your cruise information pack.
Always Wear Sunscreen
You may think that it needs to be boiling hot and sunny to get sunburnt. However, you are just as likely to get sun burnt whether you are scenic cruising in Alaska as you are walking around European streets at the height of summer. We all know it can be a bit of a pain to constantly reapply your sunscreen, but this is nothing compared to the pain of being sunburnt. As well as being painful it can also put a dampener on your holiday as you might have to be out of any real action for a few days.
Remember To Pace Yourself At The Cruise Buffet
It is not very hard to eat yourself until you are ill when you are on a cruise ship. To avoid feeling sluggish, bloated or queasy you need to eat wisely. Although we are not advising you to not have those tasty treats that are up for grabs, the recommendation is that you are sensible. Rather than gorging yourself night after night, stick to just one full plate in the evening, or have a smaller lunch if you want to eat more at dinner time. The upshot is that you will be able to enjoy the day to day activities better and you won’t come back weighing a couple of stone heavier than you did before.