cruise pictures recently. My husband, kids and I all went on a Holland American
(HAL) cruise to Half Moon Cay (HAL’s private island), St Thomas, San Juan and
family loves cruising! We are always looking for good deals on airfare and
cruises. I’ve been on 15 cruises total…which seems like a lot. We once met a
guy on one of our cruises and it was his 100th cruise…wow!
our friends ask us cruising questions and we love to help answer them. Mostly I
refer them to my husband because it’s pretty much the travel expert. It’s a
hobby of his to plan trips. I think he likes the planning part just as much as
the trips themselves. He just always likes to have something to look forward
my warm weather cruises. These may help you out too if you have a cruise
about what to bring on a warm weather cruise but I have to tell you that on
these cruises they blast the air conditioning so much that sometimes at dinner
and at the shows at night I get so cold! I have made a habit of bringing a few
cardigans to put over myself at dinner.
You’re never going to see the people on your cruise again. Listen to me. There
is a lot of walking. Walking on the boat. Walking up the stairs. Walking at the
cruise ports. Do yourself a favor and bring some shoes that you can wear that
are comfy to walk in and won’t cause blisters. I usually bring these flip flops
and some flat sandals. For fancy dinner night I wear shoes like this that havea chunky heel and a strap in the back that stay on my feet. I made the mistake once of bringing uncomfortable shoes and I had to wear bandages the entire week all over my feet because I got so many blisters!
and wallet and camera in when you get off the boat and go to the beach? We
always bring a backpack that’s okay to get sandy and possibly wet. We put our
sunblock and towels and ID’s and all that in the backpack. Better yet? If you
have a waterproof bag like this one.
middle of the night you can’t tell what time it is (this is especially true if
you have an inside cabin and there are no windows—it’s straight up dark at 10
am). You may also actually want to set an alarm on those early port days. This last cruise we had a port day that started at 7 am so we made sure to set the alarm.
So if you have your curling iron and your phone to charge and if you’re
travelling with kids other devices to charge you’ll want to bring an extensioncord that offers a few more outlets.
on our excursions. It is super hot walking around Nassau or Key West or any of
the other islands. You’ll want a nice bottle of water. So fill it up on the
boat before you get off and you’ll be thanking yourself.
delicious food. I like to work out especially hard on cruises because I know I’ll
be eating a lot more indulgently than I normally do. You’ll have the time to workout so why not? The gym isn’t usually too crowded either. Oh, and our
family rule is that we don’t take the elevator. That way you’re moving your
body a lot more and burning extra calories. This will help dinner taste even
more delicious—if that’s even possible. Note: My brother-in-law told me something really awesome. If you have Amazon Prime then you can actually download the Prime TV/Movies to your device for free. I downloaded the entire season of Great British Baking Show (which I totally LOVED, by the way). I also downloaded Mockingjay and watched it! This made the time on the treadmill fly by! Plus you’re working out at sea level so it’s much easier.
want to have a few bucks on hand. We always tips the shuttle driver and we
always tip the guy at the port that takes our suitcases. In addition, we always
bring cash to the islands because we don’t like to use credit cards with some
possibly shady people. We don’t usually book excursions with the cruise line.
In fact I don’t think we ever have. We like to hop off the boat and barter a
bit with the locals to see who can give us the best deal. You’ll want quite a
bit of cash for cabs and fees into the sights, etc.
while I’m relaxing by the pool or at the beach. It is just so nice to read and
maybe even fall asleep for a little bit. This is the book that I read on this particular trip. Oh my gosh, it is such a good read! You’re going to love it.
here but sometimes traveling can make going to the bathroom problematic. The
last thing you want is to be constipated or blocked up on your vacation. Pack
some probiotics and take one each and every day. This will help things to keep
moving along the way they’re supposed to. These are the probiotics that I take every day. They are not fancy but I really like them a lot! I usually buy them at Walmart.
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