Posted June 29th, 2015
Cruise Frustrations Turned On Their Head
Like any holiday, there are parts to a cruise which are not as desirable as the exciting bits, but sadly they are part and parcel of a trip of this kind. Just like land-based holidays come with the inevitable queues at the airport and the struggle to find a sun lounger by the pool; cruises have their frustrations too.
However, there is always a bright side to look on and, in the end, these are usually just small inconveniences on an otherwise fantastic trip. Let’s see if we can turn some of the worst parts of a cruise on their head.
Tiresome Muster Drills
For frequent cruisers, having to put your fun on hold to attend a muster drill is similar to having to sit through the in-flight safety demonstration on an airplane. Whilst it may be irritating to have to attend these, the bright side of a muster drill is obvious. Not only will you find out where your nearest assembly point is, you will be able to understand the exact procedure in the unlikely event that the worst happens.
What’s more, muster drills are definitely becoming swifter and more bearable. For example, Royal Caribbean’s latest technology means that a quick scan of your cruise card will confirm you are accounted for. There is also no need to bring your life jacket with you and go through the process of putting it on, as these will be provided at your muster station in the case of an emergency. A health and safety video set to a catchy tune also adds a warming touch to this otherwise glum operation.
Children Running Amok
Many people book a cruise so that they can take it easy for a couple of weeks and find it hard to do so with children running around. However, even when you steer clear of the family-focussed operators like Royal Caribbean, Disney and P&O Cruises; children on a cruise ship are usually unavoidable. If this does put you off though, there are many bright sides to look upon.
Not only are cruise lines increasing adult-only areas on their ships, some even have vessels that are exclusively for passengers over a certain age. P&O Cruises’ Adonia, Arcadia and Oriana are three such examples, as well as Cruise and Maritime Voyagers’ Marco Polo and both ships operated by Saga Cruises. If you love the sound of an itinerary on a ship which caters to all ages though, don’t be put off and remember you’ll always have those adult-only areas to which you can retreat.
Having To Get A Tender To The Shore
Tenders are provided when a ship cannot dock in a port in order to ferry passengers from the ship to the shore. This can sometimes lead to frustrated guests waiting to board these smaller boats and having to stand in line for a while. However, having to get a tender to the shore means that you get the best of both worlds on your cruise. You will be able to take advantage of the excellent facilities and technological advances offered by the larger vessels and will also get to visit the more intricate ports that are otherwise only frequented by small ships.
It’s best to be as laid back as possible when having to take a tender. Once you accept that there may be a bit of a wait to get off the ship, it will no longer cause you stress and put a dampener on your experience. If you are desperate to maximise your time in a specific port, it’s best to book an arranged shore excursion as these passengers are usually amongst the first to be ferried ashore.
For some people, seasickness is another inevitable part of a cruise. It can put first time cruisers off from taking the plunge and it can make even make seasoned sailors feel uneasy about their latest holiday. There are some upsides though and, no matter how slight they are, it’s always best to focus on the positives.
The most obvious bright side is that seasickness can be prepared for. If you know you suffer from it or you think you might, there is everything from a wristband to an injection that can help you out. Another positive is that better technology is enabling ships to drastically reduce their movement, reducing the chance of seasickness occurring. The largest ships have advanced stabilising systems that can make the roughest seas feel like a lake. Whatever happens, it’s important to remember that your feeling of nausea will pass. The longer your cruise goes on and the more cruise holidays you take, the less you will feel the effects.
By staying positive and always looking on the bright side, the little frustrations will fade away like they never existed at all. All that’s left to do then is to sit back and enjoy your cruise from Fred.\.