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How To Make Cruising Feel Less Like A Cookie-Cutter Vacation

Cruising is a whole new experience if it’s your first time to get on one. But, when you’ve done it several times in the past, the excitement tends to wear off because you already know what to expect. Gone are the days when you would mark the calendar as each day passes by—cruising almost feels like a routine.

However, that shouldn’t be the case. Each trip you plan with friends and family, no matter how often you’ve done it before, should feel less like a cookie-cutter vacation. It’s about time you pump it up so that you can enjoy your trip as if it’s the first time all over again.


Planning Your Itinerary

Looking back, you probably thought that familiarity is the best way to go when it comes to choosing a cruise for you and your family. You might have been picking the same itinerary for years, which tends to make the experience boring and not something you’d look forward to. A quick look at the best cruise itineraries would tell you that there’s much you’re yet to discover. 

If you’ve been to the Caribbean plenty of times, maybe this time you’d like to try a new destination. Island-hopping is still as beautiful if you’re open to try perhaps the South Pacific or Greece. Or you can satisfy your fascination and interest in history and culture by trying cruise itineraries in South America or the Mediterranean.

Getting On The Cruise Mood

Conditioning your mind to enjoy the upcoming vacation shouldn’t take a lot of work. A simple shopping spree for all your travel outfits would be a good starting point to feel the excitement rushing in your veins. Before you know it, you just can’t wait to wear them, take OOTD photos, and post them on social media for your friends to gush on. 

If you’re up for some luxurious indulgence, you can go all out and fly first class en route to your home port. You can even choose to fly a day or two before your voyage to get your cruise mood on and pumped. Stay at a luxury eco hotel and enjoy the glamourous amenities that come with it. Have a fancy bottle of champagne by the hot tub or enjoy a sumptuous dinner at the restaurant the night before getting onboard to set the mood and make everything feel like a complete vacation.

Trying Something New During Shore Tours

Shore tours or shore excursions give cruisers an opportunity to enjoy the varied tourist spots that a stop has to offer. One good thing about foreign places is that you’ll never run out of things to see and enjoy. Add to that the excitement that you’ll feel each time the ship brings you to a new place. If in your past cruises, you’ve experienced how it was to tour with the cruise line’s group packages, why not do something different the next time around? 

You can do your research and find what most locals would recommend tourists to enjoy or try. You’d be surprised with what you can discover and explore not just with the place, but also with its culture, food, and everything in between. You can tick some activities off your bucket list; you can also have unforgettable memories that you’ll surely remember forever.

Join Onboard Activities 

Maybe you decided to go cruising because you want to take some time off, relax, and enjoy quality time with family. Still, it doesn’t have to be a monotonous and almost boring encounter. Before choosing a cruise line, do extensive research first. Don’t make a decision based on the line alone, but also take time to consider what the ship has to offer.

Newer and larger vessels typically have more to offer in terms of onboard activities. If you have kids or teenagers with you on the trip, they’ll surely enjoy most of the activities they have such as shuffleboard, rock climbing, and water slides. Not to mention, of course, other typical onboard amenities such as the movie house, arcades, library, and many more. 

For adults, why not let go of all your fear and inhibitions just this once and try something you’ve never done before? Who knows if you’ll ever get the chance to do such things again, right? There is quite an array of fun activities that are just waiting to be explored. Some of these activities are:

  • Ziplining
  • Kayaking
  • Go-karting 
  • Surfing simulation
  • Skydiving simulation

If you’re not up for some thrilling adventures, there are low-key things that you can do and still have a good time. Set up a romantic dinner with your spouse or partner and dance the night away as you sip on a good glass of Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc. While at it, try some of the onboard chef’s special or exotic dishes such as lobster or caviar. 

Try Dining Outside

A cookie-cutter vacation could almost feel like it’s done in haste; thus, you feel like you weren’t able to enjoy it to the fullest. Why not try to slow things down and enjoy every part of the cruise? A departure from the usual is always welcome. You can try dining outside, whether at the al fresco section of one of the restaurants onboard or your cabin’s private balcony.

Doing so could make you enjoy your meals even more as you gaze upon the sunrise or the sunset, depending on what time you’re eating out. The warm sea breeze can also make the ambiance even cooler and nostalgic. 

No To Cabin Fever, Yes To Cruising Better

Going on a cruise should be something you look forward to and not the other way around. As long as you’re open to new experiences and adventures, you can always find ways to have a great time. Cabin fever is a big no-no when spending time with family. Cruise better and make your trip one for the books by trying some of the tips recommended above. So, get packing and cruise your way to a new adventure.

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