(Closed) Any advice for a first time "cruise"er?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I went on a cruise last summer at this time. I too was a first timer and was nervous. I didn’t make any special preparations at all. Wouldn’t bother with motion sickness patches. I didn’t feel weird about the ocean thing with no land around at all–we were having fun so I forgot all my nervousness. I would just advise to pack small because the cabins are always tiny and it is hard to manuever a lot of stuff around in them. Other than that don’t stress and just have fun.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Oh, and I also was on Grand Cayman. The only thing I can tell you is that it was mad fun. Just bring the standard stuff you would for any beach vacation.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Go to http://www.cruisecritic.com and read the forums

You will find lots of information on your cruise, your cruise line, your ship and the ports.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I always take dramamine on cruises.  It makes FI tired and not me.  FI gets really really bad seasickness, so we made sure to bring it and take it. 

If you have an interior cabin, bring some sort of travel alarm clock; my last cruise had no clock and was pitch black whenever the light was off.  We slept through dinner one night when we went to take a nap and couldn’t figure out the time!

You will have a blast, and all your nervousness will go away as soon as you get onboard!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I get carsick… airsick… I wouldn’t even consider a cruise 🙁 plus I’m more of a drinker than an eater, and I’ve heard alcohol is SO expensive on cruises. No advice here, but I hope you have a great time!! THe motion sickness patches are probably a lot cheaper in regular stores though, so consider getting some before you leave.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Bring the sea bands that go around your wrist.  I went on a five day cruise and relied HEAVILY on these.  I was fine in the smaller spaces, like my room.  But in the dining area, and the large rooms I could feel the boat rocking big time and it did make me feel sick.  So definitely prepare for that possibility.

I think I went on the same cruise itinerary that you have planned.  Grand Cayman is GORGEOUS and a very rich island.  The beaches are so beautiful.

As for Jamaica, just make sure to keep things close to your body.  Where the boat drops you off isn’t the NICEST area.  We went on the horseback riding adventure and it was SO AWESOME.  I would highly suggest it.  They take you in the ocean with the horses.  It’s great. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am also going to be a first time cruiser and am just nervous about motion sickness. I have alwats had it bad in cars, boats and motion rides, but everyone keeps telling me on the cruise it will be ok. I just don’t want to be miserable for three days on my honeymoon of all times! But it makes the most sense for us finacially.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@megz06:  The sea bands won’t!  They also have a ginger gum (available at CVS) that is for motion sickness.  It’s all natural and worth a try.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@megz06:  Yes, you will want to hit the Calypso Grill in West Bay.

The beach in Grand Cayman is totally sick. That was the most relaxing part of my vacation. I did the most partying on the cruise because it was the most convenient with everything right there for you.

The other thing I did there was snorkeling, which was mad fun. You will have a great time. Yes, I was very nervous beforehand. I also hate flying and was really scared about the cruise but I forgot it all really fast and it ended up being the most fun time.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I cruise often, like 2 to 3 times a year and I have only had motion sickness once.  I bought tthe motion sickness wrist bands as well and felt fine afterwards. 

I did the same itenarary you are going on and it was one of my faves!  We booked all of our excursions independently though. 

In ochos rios we had a personal tour guide.  Went to Dunns River Falls then he took us river tubing which was awesome.  The tour guide was great because he kept us away from big crowds and took us to get real local food…not the tourist stuff.

Grand Cayman is beautiful and my favorite stop.  There we took Jet Ski’s to sting ray city and a couple of other beaches (booked independently again). It was def better than booking with the ship and having to just take a packed boat to various places.  Because we booked with a smaller group we were able to kind of customize where we went and how long we stayed.

You should def join Cruise Critic, thats where I received most of my information

Have fun!

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@megz06:  yep! both are available at CVS.

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