By Linda Carter
Will I get seasick? In fact, most people do not. While no one can say for sure, most cruise ships have stabilizers, which minimize any rocking. If for some reason you are bothered, there are several remedies are available, from ginger and pressure point armbands, to Bonine, and Dramamine, to a doctor prescribed patch you wear behind your ear.
Will I be bored? Cruise ships have a large selection of amenities. Typically cruise ships have pools, a gym, hot tubs, saunas, a fitness center, a spa, a casino, a jogging track, a library, computers, lounges, card rooms, theatres, some have rock climbing walls, basketball courts, water slides, ice rinks, bowling allies, surfing pools. There are as many, or more amenities than you might find at a five star hotel.
Will I feel claustrophobic? The new generations of ships are more like small cities. They feature long promenades with soaring ceilings, open plans with wide hallways, and great traffic flow to easily accommodate their guests. Guest rooms are larger, with spacious balconies, and sliding glass doors. New family staterooms and multi room suites accommodate even larger groups. On Disney’s ships, even the interior cabins feature a magic porthole, a video feeds the current views outside, and you might even see Nemo swim by.
What kinds of activities are there? There are supervised activity programs for the kids that run most of the day, as well as paid evening babysitting services available. Other activities include: cooking classes, fitness classes, computer classes, trivia, karaoke, production shows, live music throughout the day and night, art classes, glass blowing demonstrations, Zumba, yoga, sports games, Wii, contests, scavenger hunts for the kids, fitness classes, guest lectures, there are pool games and competitions, scrapbooking, pretty much something for everyone. The schedule, delivered each evening lists the next days offerings. Not all classes are free however, so be sure to check .
Do I have to dress for dinner? Long gone are the days of required formal dress. All ships now feature casual dining restaurants, and the alternative to dine when and with whom you choose. There are still fixed dining choices available, if you prefer this option. In addition there are optional formal nights, for those that want to dress for dinner.
On a cruise how much or how little you do is up to you. From its inclusive nature, to its relaxing means of transportation, a cruise is a wonderful way to discover new destinations.