By Jay Lloyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cruise ships have been getting a lot of attention lately -– mostly the bad kind.
But here are a few helpful hints to get more enjoyment and less stress from a cruising getaway.
Veteran cruise directors understand that many passengers could use a bit of a briefing before coming aboard.
“Guests can be naïve,” says John Ibraham. “They haven’t been on a cruise before and they’re not sure how it all works.”
So, let’s look at a few things the brochures don’t cover.
Cruise ships are pretty stable (unless, like the Carnival Triumph, they lose power to the stabilizers — see related story).
Remember, the higher your deck, the more pronounced the roll. So, choose a cabin above the waterline but on a lower deck.
The result of a tossing sea sounds better in French: mal de mer. If you’re prone to seasickness, don’t forego the cruise, but ask your doctor about the anti-seasickness medication called scopalomine. It works.
Now, on to something more pleasant: sun drenched beaches.
When cruising to the Caribbean, you’ll want to hit those beaches. But carry bug repellent to deal with the sand fleas known as “no-see-ums.”
Wear shorts that double as a bathing suit, so you don’t have to go ashore with a change of clothes. And pack some plastic baggies to keep your money and ID dry.