Cruising Concerns

In spite of the rapid growth in the popularity of going on a cruise, many have concerns about taking such a vacation.  And I want to address and perhaps allay any such worries.

First – Fear of getting seasick.  This is hardly ever a problem on a river cruise, but even on an ocean cruise, and only with a small percentage of people, one that can be solved by visiting your doctor before you leave on vacation.  He or she can give you a prescription for Scopolamine Transdermal Patch.  Before you set sail, you simply apply this little patch to your neck, behind your ear, and it will be very effective if you have difficulty in stormy seas.

Second – Bad weather, and usually in the Caribbean.  “What if there’s a hurricane?”  The interesting thing about hurricanes is that they are almost always confined to a specific local area.  A couple of hundred miles away and the sun is shining and people are basking by the pool.  The general direction a hurricane is going is always forecast, and the cruise lines have hundreds of employees working on alternate destinations with alternate shore excursions.  Ships never sail into a hurricane.

Third – Engine failure on the ship.  That’s a problem that seldom finds a place to happen.  Such a situation has occured only a few times in the last 25 years, and, at most, has inconvenienced passengers for a few days.  Let’s face it, inconveniences can happen anywhere for lots of different reasons.  I personally have had all of my engine problems with our various automobiles on driving trips.

Fouth – The captain runs the ship aground.  Well, the village idiot who performed that exercise a few years back is now in prison where he belongs.  In reality, vastly more people have had serious injuries and fatalities, again, while driving the family car on vacation.

Fifth – Mass sickness aboard the cruise ship.  Again, this has happened at conventions, hotels, schools, workplaces, anywhere people congregate; however, the cruising industry has employed far more precautions than any of thesoe other places.

Sixth – Nothing to do on a ship other than play shuffleboard or gamble in the casino.  The fact is this:  cruise ships have become destinations unto themselves.  Instead of just shipboard pools and whirlpool tubs, many ocean liners have water parks.  Some have climbing walls, simulated surfing, ziplines, bowling alleys, and more.  They have running tracks and workout facilities.  There are daily seminars, classes, movies, lectures, etc.  They all have a variety of spa treatments available.  And, of course, when in port, you’ll find scores of shore excursions for sightseeing, shopping, snorkeling and all kinds of other activities that are available.

The neat thing about all of this is that your only planning will involve choosing what to do.

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