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Top Ten Tips To Stay Healthy On A Cruise – Part 2

As mentioned in part one of this blog, every year over 20 million people go on a cruise vacation, with a staggering 60% originating in North America. That’s an impressive number.

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That is a lot of sail-away parties!

Our last post gave you the first five of our Top Ten Tips to stay healthy on your cruise vacation.

Here are the final five tips.

Healthy Cruising Tip Six - Pace Yourself at the Buffet

One of the greatest things about a cruise vacation is the food. Every minute of every day there is something on offer somewhere on the ship. It would be very easy to eat yourself sick on a cruise. Our advice is to go steady. Pace yourself. Don’t try and cram as much food as possible on your plate. The food won’t run out. Much better to go back for seconds or even thirds if you are still peckish. Plus, you won't come home weighing 10 pounds more than you did before your vacation.

Healthy Cruising Tip Seven – Avoid Seasickness

Many people suffer from seasickness, and it doesn’t necessarily only come on in rough seas. Seasickness can strike in quite calm seas, with the subtle motion of the ship making you feel a little queasy.

Whilst there is not necessarily a cure to it, there are a number of things you can try to help with seasickness.

One of the best things we have found is to take one of the over-the-counter medicines from your doctor, or even go to the ship medic as soon as you are on board to get an injection. These seem to work really well. But remember, with some of these medical options, you need to take them before you start to feel bad.

Other tips include eating green apples, wearing acupressure wristbands, getting fresh air or looking at the horizon. If you know you are susceptible to seasickness perhaps a port-intensive itinerary is better than one with multiple days at sea.

Healthy Cruising Tip Eight - Take the Stairs

It might seem like a pretty simple idea, but if you take the stairs rather than an escalator or elevator, you’ll be getting a little more exercise than you otherwise would.

We’re not suggesting that you spend your entire trip walking up and down 16 flights of stairs. But, if you are only going a couple of floors, especially if you are going down, why not take the stairs and make a grand entrance?

And if you really want to get those muscles going, why not take a couple of loops of the promenade deck once a day. It’s a great way to get some exercise, some fresh air and see the sights.

Healthy Cruising Tip Nine - Go Easy on the Cocktails

We get that you are on vacation and wanting to let your hair down and relax. That’s all good and we are right behind you on that. But go steady. Being drunk isn’t fun at the best of times, let alone on a moving ship.

So unless you’re actually booking onto a Booze Cruise, we suggest you swap out that next beer or cocktail with a soft drink every now and then. You’ll feel a lot better for it and won’t miss out on any of your vacation sleeping off a sore head.

Healthy Cruising Tip Ten - Tell the Truth

Our last tip is more about helping to keep everyone else healthy. Many cruise-ship illnesses come on board on embarkation day with each new crop of passengers. These days, most cruise lines ask passengers to fill out forms indicating whether they've experienced certain symptoms in the past week.

If you've been feeling under the weather, please answer these questions honestly. You will then meet with someone from the ship's medical team to determine the best course of action.

Don’t be fearful that this will mean you aren’t allowed to travel. Normally everything is fine. If by chance you are contagious you might find yourself quarantined in your cabin for the first day, but you’ll be doing a great service to the rest of the passengers and crew by not spreading your virus around the ship. And once you’re no longer contagious, you can enjoy your cruise vacation.

And remember, if you’re heading off for a cruise vacation, please remember to pack travel insurance, as you never know when you might need it. At AardvarkCompare you can get an anonymous quote in seconds, and compare dozens of the top travel plans from many of the largest US travel insurers, saving you time and money finding the right travel plan for your needs.

Safe travels.

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