Who would not want to hop on a cruise and sail through seas in luxury and amusement? Going on a cruise is a one-of-a-kind experience and has its own special place in the world of traveling. A cruise ship is a moving embodiment of everything we usually do when on a vacation, except that there is a vast expanse of the seemingly endless sea all around us to look at until we disembark for sight-seeing.
While it may look like a simple “just book a cruise and relax” experience, there are still many things which first-time goers should certainly take into account. In this article, I plan to write about a few things everyone going on a cruise should keep in mind. If you keep them in your mind, you will be able to enjoy your trip in a great manner.
So, without further ado, let us take a look at 5 such things which everyone should be aware of when going on a cruise.
Even the bravest sailors of their times have experienced seasickness, and you people are occasional voyagers with hardly any experience about what it is like being on the ocean. So, you cannot completely disregard the possibility of seasickness.
Usually, cruise ships have stabilizers which even out the irregular movements of the ship caused by the waves. But, this does not completely nullify the effect. Waves can be turbulent at times, and you will most certainly feel the effect. It is advised that you take due precautions to ensure that you are able to cope with seasickness such as resting well before boarding, getting fresh air, and taking appropriate medicines.
- Code Words
Not many know but the crew on a cruise communicates through a code language, specially designed to relay messages without causing panic. Such language enables smooth operations of the ship, which could be otherwise hampered by the disarray among the passengers.
Some of the examples include 30-30 which means that there is a need to clean up; delta which means that the ship has been damaged; papa which indicates there has been an oil spill; Operation Rising Star which means someone onboard has died; Red Parties which mean there is a possible outbreak of fire; Oscar which means someone has fallen overboard; or PVI which basically stands for public vomiting incident
- The Crew Is Well Trained
If you thought you could get by any nuisance you created, then you could not be more wrong. A cruise is a gigantic, moving ship with thousands of passengers onboard. One passenger goes crazy and there can be large scale panic throughout the ship—a situation which can escalate into a perilous situation.
Every crew member you see has been properly trained to handle any kind of situation. You engage in muscle-show, you will get some for yourself. There is a medical emergency, and crew members will offer you the right kind of help forthwith.
So, a sound tip: do not mess with them. Treat them respectfully!
- Internet Can Make You Shell Out Too Much Money
In this world of free or cheap Wi-Fi, cruise ships sail the other way. On cruise ships, Internet services can be really costly. It is, therefore, advised that you use the Internet as less as possible.
If you are worried about how you will pass your days without checking your social media accounts, do not be because you will most likely find no need to check your phone often, except for clicking photos.
Just relax while you are here and let yourself a bit away from the virtual world. You will save money!
- Respect the Captain
Well, this is obvious, but let me talk about it extensively. Wherever you go, there will at least be one person of great importance. On a cruise ship, it is none other than your captain. The captain is responsible for directing the mammoth ship on its course with the help of his many subordinates, and you cannot take him lightly.
It might not happen that you see him, but if you do, do not create a ruckus about it. You may get a picture with him, but be polite and do not treat him like paparazzi would. A person of that stature should be treated respectfully!
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