There’s a learning curve to cruising. We really had no idea what to expect about any of it. There are two perspectives on cruising: those who like it and those who don’t. You hear nothing in the middle so we went in to it for the most part, blind. I spent a lot of time on online trying to figure out what to bring and which excursions to take but in the end you have to just do it and figure it out.
Some things that really helped on the cruise were:
- Aloe gel, which we kept in the fridge in the cabin.
- A hanging organizer for little things like sunscreen, dental floss, medication, and deodorant. This really helped keep the cabin uncluttered.
- Highlighter pen for Fun Times activity flyers.
- Waterproof camera case. (We used the bag style waterproof case and it worked wonderfully!)
- Mio drink mixes for an alternative to the lemonade, coffee, tea, and water offered on the ship.
- Post it notes and a pen for leaving notes for each other. Alexander was great about doing this and I kept them all as a chronicle of his activities.
- Air freshener. Our cabin got pretty stinky at times and having this was a relief. There were times I wanted to use it all over the ship. People have a lot of gas on a ship. Did you know that? I didn’t either.
Some things I brought that I didn’t need:
- Wrinkle releaser for clothing. There was an iron available in the laundry room for free.
- Laundry detergent. It was the same price on the ship that I paid at home. Quarters were easy enough to get from the customer service counter.
- A ton of motion sickness medication. We used it a little on the last day at sea so I guess we didn’t need to bring four different kinds.
- dSLR camera. I brought a compact tripod so I could take family shots and never ended up doing it. Honestly, the last thing I wanted to do was drag around a big camera. It was just too much. I used the point and shoot more than anything.
- Little flameless candles for placing around the cabin at night.
- A ton of cash in small bills. We just didn’t use it.
Things that I wish I had brought:
- Bulletproof 100 SPF sunscreen in bulk.
- Really good moisturizer and hair conditioner. Salt water pools were killer on the skin and hair.
- Large hot/cold travel mugs.
- Individual french press travel mugs. We are serious coffee drinkers and our french press broke in transit. Coffee on the ship, even at the espresso bar, was not good enough for us.
So that’s going to conclude my cruise series. We ended up cancelling our next cruise for a variety of reasons, but mainly because Husband has had a severe case of sea legs that lasted nearly 6 months and took him to two different doctors. I guess we’re just not cut out for cruising!
Sorry I’ve been so behind on blogging. Life is moving pretty quickly or slowly and we want to enjoy it. I’m not sure which fits the best. Either way, we have been busy and relaxing. Summer activities are nearly over and we’ve started up school. Switching gears!