Opinion7 Ways to Deal with Post Cruise Depression (aka Cruise Fever)

7 Ways to Deal with Post Cruise Depression (aka Cruise Fever)

Post cruise depression (PCD), or otherwise known as Cruise Fever, hits all of us after each cruise.  For some, it starts at disembarkation while going through customs.  For others it starts the moment they get home or the first day back at work.  Whenever it starts for you, here are seven ways to deal with Post Cruise Depression.
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1. Read Porthole Magazine – The world’s leading cruise magazine is a must for anyone who loves to cruise. Porthole prints six issues a year and is available in print and digital format. Each issue is packed with stunning cruise photography, cruise trend articles, ship reviews, and information about cruise ports all around the world.  It also makes for a great birthday and Christmas present.

2. Listen to Cruise Radio – Doug Parker, the host of Cruise Radio, has an award winning weekly 25 minute cruise podcast. His entertaining show is full of cruise news, interviews, listener cruise reviews, and interactive listener Q&As. With over 320 shows to listen to, it will help keep your PCD at bay until you are able to get back on a ship.  You can listen to his show on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Overseas Radio Network, Stitcher Radio Network, TuneIn, and on also his website.

3. Watch Love Boat Episodes – Watching episodes of the Love Boat is almost as good as being on a ship, ok, maybe not.  However, it is the #1 cruise TV show ever produced. Where can you watch the show that helped grow the cruise industry into what it is today?  It airs weekly on MeTV (Sundays at 5:00 p.m. EST) and many full episodes can be found on YouTube (not the best quality).  Amazon also carries DVDs of the show that can be purchased for as little as $7.43 each.

4. Look Through Old Cruise Photos – Looking through photos of past cruises helps with Post Cruise Depression.  It will bring back memories of the great times you had on board, new friends you made, and of the awesome ports that you visited.

5. Watch PTZtv Cruise Cams – PTZtv has live webcams of the most popular cruise ports.  They can be addicting to watch on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when the cruise ships leave port and head out to sea. The jury is still out on whether this helps with Cruise Fever or makes it worse.

6. Watch YouTube Cruise Videos – YouTube is loaded with great cruise ship videos, both professional and amateur.  With thousands and thousands of videos to watch, you can watch everything from cruise video reviews, to cruise tips, and even port guides.

7. Book a Cruise – Let’s be honest, nothing compares to being on a cruise. It can not be imitated on land in any way, shape, or form.  The #1 way to beat Post Cruise Depression is to get back on the ship.  If you are suffering from PCD, call your travel professional immediately or use this tool to find the best deals on cruises.

Remember:  Since there is no cure for Cruise Fever, be sure to get regular treatments.

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Ben Souza
Ben Souza
Ben is a world traveler who has visited 40+ countries, taken over 70 cruises. He is one of USA TODAY's experts for their 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. His writings have appeared and been cited in various media outlets such as Yahoo News, MSN, NPR, CNN, Fox, and ABC News. Ben currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow Ben on Instagram. Visit Ben Souza on Linkedin. You may email Ben at [email protected].
Opinion7 Ways to Deal with Post Cruise Depression (aka Cruise Fever)

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