I recapped our Beachbody Success Club cruise to the Caribbean earlier this week, and I even shared some research on what to pack for a cruise before leaving. I still learned a few things along the way though. Isn’t that how it always is? Here’s 9 for staying healthy, fit and sleeping great on a cruise.
9 Tips For a Cruise – How to Stay Healthy, Fit & Sleep Great
1. Bring a noise maker & eye mask for bedtime – We were in an interior cabin which was amazing for sleeping in, but if you have a balcony you may want to pack an eye mask. We naturally assumed a balcony always faced out towards the ocean, but apparently we were not right. Some of the balcony’s on our Royal Caribbean ship actually overlooked the “Promenade” which had music, bright lights, and stores in it. Yikes!
In our interior room, we could hear some music above us so having the sound maker really helped. Use “Airplane” mode and/or call your service provider to see if using an app will use data. We also should have warned the boat that we needed two twin beds versus a queen. They easily changed it though.
2. If you buy Wi-Fi, use it on your phone or laptop versus the ship’s computers for faster service. We figured that out after buying 100 minutes on a ship computer, and it taking about 7-10 minutes to check e-mail.
3. Ask expert cruisers (or Facebook friends with past experience) about excursions. We learned that the boat’s excursions are usually overpriced and more “tourist-y” than some of the other excursion companies.
4. Take the hangers down if you have a rough night at sea — our hangers bounced around and sounded like the I Love Lucy episode where Little Ricky learned to play the drums….not a good night’s sleep.
5. Carry-on luggage is easier. You do not have to wait for your luggage to show up in your room, and you do not have to worry about leaving them out the night before departing either.
6. If you still check a bag, pack some snacks. I know – cruises are known for the food, but we actually had a hard time finding something for lunch everyday and struggled a little at dinner.
7. Carry a sweater even if you are going somewhere tropical. The ship and dining room may be cold. We even had a couple of colder mornings in March where a sweater over a bathing suit would have been nice for the pool.
8. Pack shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and leave-in conditioner. All we had was a bar of soap (same as hand soap) and a two-for-one conditioner. There was no lotion at all either.
9. All for time to get on the boat when you arrive for your cruise. Federal law requires that everyone be on the boat for at least 90 minutes before setting sail. So your sail time may be different than the time you need to arrive. Also, it took us about an hour to go through customs off the boat before heading to the airport when we departed.
What tips do you have for cruising?
How would you stay healthy, fit and sleep great on a cruise?