Going on a cruise? Here are ten things that you should not worry about as you lead up to embarkation day. Seriously, don’t worry about these things.
Bad Weather – Hardly a day goes by without me seeing someone ask the questions, “How’s the weather in the Caribbean in October (insert any month)? Do you think it will rain?”. The weatherman can barely tell us what the weather will be like this evening, never mind months from now. It’s the Caribbean, it’s generally warm to very hot, and it rains often. Don’t worry about what the weather is going to be for your cruise that’s months away. Spoiler alert: You’re going to have a great time!
Noise Due to Stateroom Location – One of my favorite stateroom locations is near the stairs/elevators. This gives easy access to the public areas of the ship. If you are thinking about booking a cabin near this area and are worried about noise, don’t be worried about noise. I’ve noticed that no matter where my cabin is located, it’s a total crap shoot on how much noise you will hear from other passengers. So go ahead and book that cabin that is in a desirable location and don’t worry about noise.
Seasickness – Is the fear of seasickness keeping you from taking a cruise? Modern cruise ships are amazingly stable and most times, you can’t even tell you are on a cruise ship. If you are easily prone to motion sickness, pick up the patch, wristband or Bonine and don’t worry about seasickness. I know many people who were really worried before their first cruise, but that fear quickly subsided after the first day of sailing in the calm waters of the Caribbean.
You can see some of our top tips for avoiding seasickness on your cruise here.
Hurricanes – Hurricane season is a six month season that runs from June 1 through November 30. However, that doesn’t mean that will be will be storm during your cruise. Worrying in advance if there will be a tropical storm or hurricane is just senseless worry. If there is a storm during your cruise, the ship will sail to calm waters and sunny skies. What happens if there is a hurricane or tropical storm during my cruise?
Getting Bored on Sea Days – I will admit, this was one of my worries before I took my first cruise. I went on the cruise worried about being “stuck” on a cruise ship during sea days and finished my cruise loving every second of the sea days. Sea days will quickly become your favorite days of a cruise.
Might Not Have Fun – Don’t worry about whether or not you will have fun on your upcoming cruise. There’s a reason why the cruise industry has exploded in popularity over the past 25 years, it will be one of the most fun weeks of your life.
Dinner Mates – If you are doing traditional dining (early or late seating) on a cruise, you will more than likely be seated with other passengers for dinner. Don’t worry in advance if you will “click” with them. Remember, if you have any problems, just talk to the maitre d’. He will reassign you to another table.
Check out our 9 tips on eating in the main dining room here.
Other Passengers Will Ruin It – Just today I saw someone worrying about whether other passengers will ruin their upcoming cruise. Don’t worry about other passengers, you and you only have control over how much you enjoy your cruise. The cruise is what YOU make of it.
Read our post on 5 Keys to having a great cruise!
Dressing Up Too Fancy on Formal Night – If you want to dress to the nines and bring the tux and fancy gown for formal night, go right ahead. Even though passengers tend to not dress up as much as they did a decade ago, don’t worry about what other passengers wear or think. There’s no such thing as wearing something too nice on formal night.
Missing Cruise/Flight – Instead of worrying that you will miss your cruise or flight, fly in the day before your cruise and get off your vacation off to a relaxing start. On the way home, book a flight after 12:00 p.m. and you will have nothing to worry about.
Remember the less you worry, not only will you have a better time anticipating your upcoming cruise, but the better time you will have once you are on board.