Cruising is a great way to grab some winter sun but at this time of year also brings with it a pesky downside - it's generally the peak of the dreaded Norovirus season. That makes it a great opportunity to share my tips to help you avoid Norovirus on a cruise.
For those who haven't heard of this, Norovirus - also known as Winter Vomiting Bug - is basically a yukky virus that causes vomiting, upset tummy, lethargy, aches, fever - and oh, happens to be highly contagious.
You can catch Norovirus anywhere and everywhere but when you have a lot of people in a relatively confined area (like a cruise ship) the virus has the potential to spread quickly in a short of amount of time.
The good news is that all cruise ships have procedures in place to keep the gastro-beast at bay - if no...
Taking a cruise for the first time can be a minefield of things that you don't even realise that you didn't know. If you've already seen my guide for newbie Cruisers, you'll know some of my hot tips but one of the biggest overlooked things for a new cruiser is Tipping and Gratuities.
After paying a non-trivial amount to sail away in to the sunset, some people may be surprised to find out that additional gratuities need to be paid on board the ship. This is standard practice across the industry, though many cruise lines including Disney Cruise Line, give you the option to pre-pay before your trip for ease of budgeting.
A Guide to Tipping on Disney Cruise Line
Technically gratuities are at your discretion, but the crew on board cruise ships work incredibly hard to look after you. Ju...
Going on your first cruise can be a little daunting as some things are handled differently from a land vacation. But, being a cruising newbie doesn't mean you can't be prepared.
Before I took my first cruise I had many worries. Would I feel trapped? What if I didn't like the food? What if I got bored? (Hah!). What if I got sick? (Psst, check out my easy guide on how to avoid Norovirus while on board). I wish I'd had more information targeted directly at 'newbies' when I was a first time cruiser as it would have helped set my mind at ease so much.
Tips for first time cruisers
Don't miss the ship (duh!)
I know, I know, it sounds so obvious, but I'm completely serious. If you are travelling a long distance to the cruise port, especially if by plane, then I strongly urge you to c...
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