Cruise Myths Debunked: 7 Wrong Things That People Say About Cruising!
When you have never actually been on a cruise before, more than likely you have heard a variety of stories about cruising. unfortunately, some of these stories you may have heard are honestly myths and have no reality at all. before you go on your first cruise, you must know what myth is, and what truth is. the following are 7 of the most common cruise myths that you will encounter.
So, for this, I’m going to talk about these things that people say about cruising that are absolutely wrong.
- #1 – “cruising is for old people”.
- #2 – “Lot of strangers at the high seas is my concept of a nightmare”
- #3 – “I will feel bored”
- #4 – “I don’t spend time in my cabin because it’s not essential”
- #5 – “I can’t, I’m worried about seasick”
- #6 – “I don’t want to have to dress for dinner”
- #7 – “Cruise ships are floating germ-ridden traps”
#1 – “cruising is for old people”.
This is not true; the average age of cruising is coming down dramatically. The average age of cruising according to CLIA, the Cruise Line Association, is around about the mid-40s. However, bear in mind if you want a cruise in the Mediterranean or the Caribbean, you can do it with people who are just like you.
You could also go on something like Royal Caribbean or MSC Cruises as these cater to families. They have ships that have lots of resort-like features, and you’ll find loads of families, young families with young kids or teenagers on board.
Or you could cruise with Carnival. Carnival has “fun ships” and they attract a lot of people in their 20s and 30s and young families.
Age is coming down very rapidly. It used to be a much older thing, but with the advent of cruise ships like Royal Caribbean, Norwegian MSC Cruises who are catering for families and young people.
#2 – “Lot of strangers at the high seas is my concept of a nightmare”
A lot of people talk about how they just hate the idea of being with thousands of people.
First of all, there are over 300 cruise ships currently operating around the world and only a small percentage of those are the big ships. There are broadly speaking four categories of sizes of cruise ships: small, medium and large ships and also increases the mega-ships. Those are the big ships with thousands of passengers.
- Small is up to about 950 passengers, and they include cruise lines like Windstar, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas. They tend to be the more ultra-luxury, slightly more expensive end and that’s because the ships are smaller and so, of course, the operating costs are higher so the fares also tend to be a bit higher. A bit more exclusive.
- In terms of mid-sized ships or medium-sized ships, there are many cruise ships in this category and this is for passengers between 950 and about 2,000 passengers. You’ll find many of the Holland America ships, some of the P&O ships like Arcadia fall into this category. A lot of them are built with what’s known as the Vista-class structure, So, there’s a lot of cruise ships that operate in this size.
- In terms of large ships these are between 2,000 and 3,000, and again you’ll find a lot of the big popular cruise lines do have ships here. some of the Norwegian ships and the Royal Caribbean ships.
- And then you have the mega-ships. these are ships of over 3,000 passengers. You’ll find huge ships in here so some of the MSC Cruises ships are in here, some of Royal Caribbean ships and things like in the Norwegian Epic.
if you’re looking for a small ship, you’ll find it, so you will not have to be crammed on board with thousands of passengers if you don’t want to.
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#3 – “I will feel bored”
In reality, you’re not going to be trapped because on most cruises it’s very port intensive. if you take a look at a 7-day cruise, you’re likely to be in ports every single day probably from 8 a.m. to about 6 p.m. you will set sail at around 6 to 8 o’clock. And then once you are sailing bear in mind what happens. You’re going to be eating, you might be watching one of the big production shows, and of course, you’re going to spend 6 or seven hours of sleep.
So actually, you’re not going to have time to feel trapped because you’re going to be too busy. the time onboard when you actually can’t get off the ship is pretty small – and you’re going to be very busy.
Also. the chance of you being bored is very low. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody that’s come back for a cruise and said there wasn’t enough to do. Pretty much every single Cruise Line will have a daily program, where activities will start first thing in the morning and will go to way after most people’s bedtime.
It’s very difficult to get bored on a cruise ship because there is so much to do.
#4 – “I don’t spend time in my cabin because it’s not essential”
This is what I hear a lot from many people. I disagree with that because I believe that the cabin you staying is incredibly important. It is going to be the one place that you spend more time in than anywhere else on the cruise.
You’re going to be spending between 8 to 10 hours a day in your cabin, so you must choose the right cabin. you don’t want to spend tons of money on your cabin and you want to go for an inside cabin, but do choose your cabin very carefully.
The secret to finding a great cabin whether it is an inside cabin or whether it’s a suite is the following:
- Take a look at the deck plans or ask your agent and make sure that you’re surrounded on every side by another cabin. Make sure you are surrounded by cabins so in those few hours (or many hours) that you’re sleeping or relaxing in your cabin you’ll have a nice quiet and restful place to retreat to. I do believe the cabin is very important as it is the place that you spend more time.
#5 – “I can’t, I’m worried about seasick”
Nowadays ships are designed to ensure that their passengers have a fantastic, and great cruising. And the way they do that is the ships are designed to deal with the ocean and one of the big innovations is modern ships have stabilizers.
If the sea does move around a lot, they can deploy stabilizers, which go to either side of the ship and stop it from rolling.
The secret though is if you are concerned about getting seasick, make sure that you book a cabin in the middle of the ship and as low down as possible. that is where the least movement will happen and by booking the right cabin taking the over-the-counter medicines to ensure that you do not get seasick.
Remember the cruise lines want people to keep coming back and back and back, so they’re going to make sure that they do whatever they can to make sure that you have the smoothest ride possible.
#6 – “I don’t want to have to dress for dinner”
Generally speaking, if you like wearing relatively casual clothes and you don’t want to get dressed up, most cruise lines have a smart-casual approach. But make sure that you avoid the more traditional cruise lines where they do expect you to dress up.
These days most cruise lines have a relative dress code. most cruise lines will allow you to wear much more casual clothes on board. However pretty much every Cruise Line will not allow you to wear jeans or shorts into the dining room at night.
If you want to wear shorts to dinner the best Cruise Lines to take a look at our Norwegian and Disney. Norwegian Cruise Line has probably the most relaxed and open approach to dress codes.
#7 – “Cruise ships are floating germ-ridden traps”
The next thing I hear a lot is the concern of Norovirus and getting ill. The big concern here is Norovirus. It gets a lot of publicity. Norovirus is the vomiting and diarrhea stomach bug. It’s not very pleasant.
Now Norovirus does happen on ships but it happens much more on land. The issue with ships is it has to be reported and it’s documented and gets a lot of publicity because it’s very clear that it’s happened in a confined space.
Whereas when it tends to happen, whether it’s in hospitals, care homes, or other places where people concentrate, it doesn’t often get as much publicity.
And the critical thing if you don’t want to get Norovirus has just followed the guidelines and follow the rules – and the key thing is to keep washing your hands with soap and water for up to 20 seconds, use the alcohol gel that’s around the place and avoid touching your mouth, and avoid touching lots of public spaces that are touched a lot like handrails.
But basically, if you follow the protocols you have a very strong chance that you will not get Norovirus.
It happens on cruises but not as much as people think and it’s much more common to have an on land.
That’s 7 myths that I constantly hear about cruising that are stopping people going cruising, or things they believe about cruises, and they are not true in my view. I hope you found that helpful.
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