How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Cruise

1. Drink water

If you want to stay healthy during your cruise trip, stay hydrated. It is very important to know whether you sun-tent during a hot day at the beach or have a flight on your way to your port of embarkation. Take a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up in the ship’s buffet restaurant, or buy beverages ashore. Remember, that alcohol can also dehydrate you, that’s why in case you plan to spend a few hours in the onboard bars, try to change your alcohol drink for a glass of water from time to time.

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2. Wear sunscreen

It is no secret that the most popular cruise destinations are the hottest ones. You can just easily get burned not only on board of the cruise but also when you go to the shore. While it can be a pain to apply and re-apply your SPF 30, you will be in greater pain if you burn — which can also prevent you from enjoying the next few days of your cruise.

There are plenty of reasons why sunscreen is a must-have item of any cruise traveler:

  1. The risk of getting the cancer disease is decreasing.
  2. As the ozone layer depletes, your body needs added protection from these harmful rays.
  3. Your skin looks younger.
  4. A toy can save the tone and color of your skin.
  5. You save yourself from the sunburn and will feel comfortable during the entire cruise.

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3. Try to prevent jet lag

Yes, it is a serious problem for many travelers. Of course, the first step being that – you should be prepared for the fact that it can take your body a bit of time to adjust, especially if you don’t want to miss the half of the cruise activities and destinations just because of the time difference. YYZ Travel Advisors recommend you to arrive at a far-away cruise port a day or two in advance. That period is perfect for both acclimatization and avoiding jet lag during the cruise.

Will you have enough time to prepare yourself for the cruise? You can spend this time in port, getting acclimated to the time change.

Our advisors also suggest not to take a nap on your first day and that you should try to stay up until a late evening; If you feel sleepy, just go outside and try to spend a lot of time in the daylight; If the situation is really hard, try a medical remedy, such as melatonin, which helps your body’s circadian rhythms to adjust to a new time zone (Just check with your doctor to make sure this option is right for you).

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4. Try to avoid seasickness

If you are worried about getting seasickness, we suggest you book a mid-ship cabin on a lower level. It’s also important to remember that, in case you feel seasick, you should keep standing with one eye open. Also, fresh air seems to help some people who are experiencing motion illness symptoms.

6. Stay Prepared

Everyone who had any cardiac problems in the past should bring a copy of a previous EKG. It could be really helpful in case you feel any chest pain, which is one of the most common problems people have during the cruise. It can be used by the ship’s physician to compare with an EKG taken on the ship.

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