When Cruising Isn’t Right For You

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If you look at the content we post on this site, you’ll see that we are a cruise centric site. We’ve got a ton of articles that feature the virtues of cruising. That being so, a post with the subject of “when cruising isn’t right for you” sounds way off base. But hear me out and let us know what you think in the comments.

Too Much Water

People who are afraid of cruising are usually those that can’t swim. Or, to be more accurate, they are terrified of water. They play out disaster scenarios over and over in their minds to the point that they don’t even want to look at a cruise ship. “That’s too much water to drink!” is something I’ve heard from folks that have this phobia.

And it’s true, there have been some disasters involving cruise ships. The first one everybody brings up is the Titanic. It was the best of its time and had the best technology available and it still sank.

Modern cruise ship compared to Titanic
Size of the Titanic vs modern cruise ships

What those people don’t take into account is that event happened over 100 years ago! As far as technology is concerned, cruise ships have weather tracking equipment that your local TV station doesn’t have. 

Cruise ships also have sonar. The problem with the Titanic was that icebergs extend far beyond what is visible to the human eye. So by the time the crew could “see” they were in danger, it was too late. Modern cruise ship technology keeps ships safely away from hazards at sea.

Therefore, if the fear of being put in a position to “drink all that water” is one of your fears, don’t worry. The days of the Titanic are over.

Getting Seasick

Another reason some don’t cruise and insist it isn’t right for them is because they’ve been on boats that made them sick. Sometimes it’s been on a lake, perhaps a dinner cruise on a river, or some other vessel that spun their stomach like the rinse cycle on the washer.

Cruise ships from back in the day were susceptible to lots of bobbing up and down on the ocean. Modern cruise ships are a different story. 

First, the technology discussed in the previous section keeps the ships away from choppy waters. Think about it: if cruise ships made it a practice to get their passengers seasick, they’d go out of business.

And it’s for that reason that modern cruise ships have stabilizers to counteract the effects of the rhythm of the waves. In fact, it works so well that on modern cruise ships, you can’t tell you’re even moving let alone moving on the ocean.

As I said, modern cruise ships counter the effects of the waves extremely well. Those ships carry 3,000 passengers and more. If you sail on ships with 2,000 or fewer passengers, you will feel a little motion. So to keep this from happening, book a cabin on a big ship. It’ll feel like you’re walking through a mall and sleeping in a hotel.

If getting seasick is something that concerns you, this article gives you practical suggestions to deal with and even avoid getting seasick in the first place.

Trapped With Nowhere To Go & Nothing To Do

Another problem with cruising for some is that they are out on a vast ocean and they feel they will be trapped. At least on land, the argument goes, there are different places to go when you want a change of pace.

Believe it or not, that makes sense if you’ve never been on a cruise ship. The only problem with that argument is those that make it are unaware of the sizes of newer ships. The Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas, for example, is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall. 

What good is it, though, if you’re on a big ship with nothing to do? But I challenge you to be honest with yourself. Would you be bored if you had:

  • Go-kart racing
  • Lasertag
  • IMAX theater with 1st run movies
  • Waveriders
  • Rock climbing
  • Indoor skydiving
  • Bowling
  • Roller coaster
  • Waterslides
  • Basketball
  • Karaoke
  • Library

This list is by no means exhaustive. And remember, if you’re on a 7-day cruise, you’re not trapped on the ship. For a cruise of that duration, you’ll make at least four stops. Some of those stops will have you at port all day.

And when you get off the ship, all those things you felt made being on land better is at your disposal. And the best part? You get to explore a different place every time you get off the ship.

So if you think you’ll be trapped with nowhere to go and nothing to do, select a cruise line and check out all the things available to you. You’ll find that you probably won’t have enough time on a cruise to do all that is on a cruise ship.

It’s Not What You Think

I don’t want to minimize fears some have about cruising. Some of those fears are based on things that have actually happened. Others are rooted in norms that are from generations past but no longer exist.

For modern cruise ships and cruise lines, they are literally becoming more and more like floating theme parks. There is so much to do morning, noon, and night on a cruise ship that there is something for everyone.

What do you think? Do you not like cruising? Are there other reasons you would give for not cruising? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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