Something I’ve heard from past clients is they didn’t think about seasickness. For many of us, the motion of the boat doesn’t seem to bother us. For others, they are more susceptible to experience motion sickness. Sometimes, motion sickness can result from the rocking of the boating in windy weather. Whatever the cause, there are ways to relieve motion sickness while on a cruise.
I’ve put together a list of a few things that have worked for me or others I know. Below you can read about a few remedies to help you combat seasickness on your cruise vacation.
Ginger is an amazing way to combat seasickness! Pop a ginger candyor pop a top on a ginger ale for quick relief of mild motion sickness. You could even bring ginger essential oilto smell or ingest to help. Peppermint is also a great nausea relief. Helpful hint: ginger works great for acute morning sickness as well!
Dramamine, or other anti-motion sickness medications, is another tried and true method of alleviating motion sickness. This worked great for me when a cruise hit a small storm. After taking it, I ended up eating more that evening’s dinner than any of the nights before. Ha! Worked very well for me! I even found a kind of Dramamine that contains ginger.
I tried Sea-Band while pregnant, and are a complete natural, non-medication way to relieve nausea. They are wrist bands that use acupressure to help with nausea. The bands have buttons that press on a specific pressure point known to effectively relieve nausea. They didn’t work well for me during my pregnancy, but I feel like they are worth a short for milder nausea. I also love that it is an all-natural option!
If you are heading out on a cruise and know ahead of time that you suffer from moderate to severe motion sickness, I would recommend an anti-nausea patch. There are versions available in stores and on Amazon, but I would talk with your doctor about a prescription type.
I hope you won’t need them but pack a few options in your cruise luggage just in case! If you have any other tips for combatting seasickness, be sure to share in the comments!
These are the opinions of my own and are in no way shape or form meant to take the place of medical diagnosis or help. These are simply suggestions and things I’ve tried to help with nausea.
You’ve packed your bags, you’re headed out the door, and you hit the road because your ship has come in! You have everything you need to begin your exciting cruise vacation to exotic Caribbean countries except one critical piece of documentation—a passport.
You read on your cruise confirmations that a passport wasn’t required since your itinerary begins and ends in the same U.S. based port, so you decided to forgo that expense. Turns out, that was a costly mistake!
There are several reasons that I always highly encourage my clients to cruise with passports. Read on to find out why you should have a passport for your cruise vacation.
I was recently on a flight to Miami seating next to a very sweet, yet frantic lady. Our flight was due to depart from Dallas by 7:15am and arrive in Miami around 11am. However, it was 11am Texas time, and our flight was just taking off. That meant we wouldn’t land in Miami until 3pm. So why was this woman freaking out? Well, she was catching a cruise to the Caribbean set to sail at 4pm—the same day! I’ll never know if she made that ship or not, but if I was betting, I’d bet the answer is no. So at this point she has a couple of options. 1) Forget the cruise, turn around and go back home. 2) Hop on a plane and catch the cruise at its first port. If she chooses option 2, she may need a passport to get to that first port. If it is another country, a passport is required to fly there. Without the passport her only option is option 1.
An emergency situation is another important reason to cruise with a passport.
Picture this, you’re sailing the ocean blue with a cocktail in hand headed for a sunny, tropical island paradise. Then you receive a call that an immediate family member has been in an accident, and you need to get home. You’ll arrive in a foreign port at 8am the next morning to catch a plane. One major problem, you don’t have a passport, and without it you can’t fly home. Your only option is to finish out the cruise and pray that your loved one will be ok without you.
Or perhaps you are on a beautiful Caribbean island, enjoying an exciting adventurous excursion, but something happens that lands you in the hospital. The doctors tell you that you cannot be released for 3 days. Your ship will be long gone by then. With a passport, you’ll be free to fly home once you are released. Otherwise, you’ll perhaps have wait for the next cruise ship bound for the U.S. to come.
Missed Ship in Port
You think it doesn’t happen but believe it or not, it does—missing your ship in port is a very important reason to have a passport when you cruise.
You booked your cruise for one big reason—a bucket list excursion that would make you devasted if you can’t experience it. Turns out, the cruise line’s excursion for this adventure was sold out. So you decided to book with another tour operator. You have an amazing time and are thrilled to have marked this adventure off of your bucket list! Something happens, at no fault of the tour guide, and your bus is seriously delayed getting back to the ship. By the time you get to the dock, you see your ship sailing away, your luggage sitting on the dockside with a porter. Without a passport, what will you do? You’ll have to wait for another ship to come, and hope they’ll take you on. With a passport, you would be able to fly directly home or even fly to the next port to catch your cruise ship.
As you can see, there are many important factors to consider when deciding if you should get a passport for your cruise. I hope you’ll think about them carefully and heed my advice. When working with me for your vacation you get firsthand knowledge, advice, and tips just like this. Ready to get started? Let’s plan a trip!
Happy Halloween & last day of October! It also happens to be the last day of #ChooseCruise month, and today I’m sharing a very important reminder when cruising.
Just like heading to the airport, we must plan ahead for cruise departures. But when our cruise is leaving from a far-off destination, it takes a little more time effort to prepare. What do I mean? Well, I’m talking why you should arrive for your cruise at least one day ahead of sailing! Why? So, so many reasons why! That’s what I want to talk about today.
I’ve put together a list of a few of the most important reasons why you should fly in a day or two before your cruise. If you’re planning to cruise soon, you’ll definitely want to keep reading!
I was recently on a flight to Miami sitting next to a very sweet, yet frantic lady. Our flight was due to depart from Dallas by 7:15am and arrive in Miami around 11am. However, it was 11am Texas time, and our flight was just taking off. That meant we wouldn’t land in Miami until 3pm. So why was this woman freaking out? Well, she was catching a cruise to the Caribbean set to sail at 4pm—the same day! I’ll never know if she made it or not, but if I were betting, I’d bet not. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t take flight delays into account when planning for her cruise departure, something I am always very adamant that my clients should plan for. Don’t take the chance on a flight delay—you will NOT want to watch your ship sailing away while you’re coming in for landing!
Almost as bad as missing your ship all together due to flight delays is delayed luggage! Flying in the same day as your cruise departs adds in another stressor—if your bags are delayed, how will you get them if you are in the middle of the high seas?! You won’t. Or you won’t until a later port, IF you book flights with the cruise line.
Arriving a day or two ahead of embarkation gives you time to explore your departure port. If you’re flying in, chances are you haven’t been to the departure port area before, and this would be a great chance to get in some extra sightseeing. Departure ports such as Seattle, LA, Miami, and more are chockful of sights to see that could take up a whole vacation but mark a few musts off your list by arriving a couple of days ahead.
No one wants to start their cruise by actually missing it. All in all, arriving to your departure port at least one day ahead of sailing eliminates so much stress! Without having to worry about delayed flights, rushing the day of your cruise, or other travel mishaps, you’ll be able to take your time, breathe easier, and state your vacation on a stress-free note! Which is the whole point to a vacation, right? To relieve stress!
These are great and very important reasons to arrive for your cruise vacation early, and I truly hope you’ll take my advice! Don’t be that lady sitting next to me on the plane! Are there any other reasons you’d add to the list? Or do you have your own horror story to share that we can all learn from? I’d love to hear!
I'm back today to share my last Cruise Guide for #ChooseCruise month. Cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands of Hawaii, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, and I truly believe everyone should visit Oahu if even for one day to experience the Pearl Harbor sites. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop on Oahu!
Many Hawaiian cruises begin and end on Oahu giving you ample time to explore. Oahu has endless activities, but here are a few musts dos on the island known as "The Gathering Place."
If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.
We are in the last few days of #ChooseCruise month, and I'm excited to head it off with a bang! Hawaiian cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, Maui being in the highest regard. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop in Maui!
Many Hawaiian cruises have overnight stays in the Maui giving you ample time to explore my favorite island! Maui has endless activities, so you'll definitely want to come back to stay just on the island, but here are a few of my absolute musts on the Valley Isle.
You won't regret making the winding & steep drive to the summit of Mt. Haleakala, which means House of the Sun in Hawaiian, to watch the sun come up (or go down). I recommend taking a tour, as the drive can be a bit treacherous in the dark, but the journey is worth it! Be sure to dress WARM. Yes, it will be COLD. Likely a cold you have never experienced. But my goodness, that sunrise is nothing short of breathtaking! If your cruise has an over night stop, try to catch the incredible sunrise, but if not you can also take a tour to watch the sunset above the clouds. This is my #1 pick for a tour in Maui!
The Road to Hana
I've dubbed it the greatest adventure on Maui! The road to Hana is packed with adventure at every curve and one lane bridge, and there are a lot! Rent a car and follow my Road to Hana itinerary found here or go on a tour to hit all the highlights. Be sure the drive as soon as you can in the morning, and plan to be gone all day. So you'll want to pack a cooler and towels for swimming. The road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 bridges, many one land, so it is a good idea to be back off the road before dark.
There are 3 places on earth that have my heart—home, New York City, and Lahaina, Maui! It boasts the cutest little shops with unique art, fabrics, and paintings, yummy restaurants with views to die for, and history galore, including a thriving banyan tree planted in 1873! This was hands down our favorite area on Maui. We frequented here nearly everyday during our 10 day stay on the island. Whether for tours, eating, shopping, sight seeing, or just relaxing watching the boats go by between islands, it's an amazing, quaint spot for just about anyone.
The Valley Isle of Hawaii is full of so many beautiful sights at every turn! Nature and adventure are in abundance in Maui, and I have no doubt you will love your cruise stop there! If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.