Sampler cruises to "nowhere" are very popular with groups of friends.
Sampler cruises to “nowhere” are popular with friends who enjoy a weekend together at sea.

HAVE you put off a cruise holiday because you think you might get sea-sick?

More often than not it is a groundless fear and prevents you joining over 21 million others who cruise the world’s oceans and rivers every year.

So how do you overcome this fear?

australiancruisingnews.com recommends a sampler cruise of a few days from a home port to experience life at sea.

Such a short break ticks all the boxes for first-time cruisers, and reveals whether they will enjoy a longer cruise, and  if they are prone to sea-sickness.

Increasingly, cruise lines – particularly Royal Caribbean (royalcaribbean.com.au) and P&O Cruises (pocruises.com.au) in Australian waters – are offering short cruises to “nowhere” as samplers for those who want to dip their toes tentatively into life on the high seas. Groups of friends, families, and those who are time-short are also in that mix.

P&O’s Pacific Jewel has a 3-night Food and Wine themed cruise out of Sydney next month (sailing May 30), with no ports of call on the round trip. Like most ‘taster’ cruises it literally sails off to nowhere and back so an overnight bag is really all that is required by passengers. There are similar cruises from international ports.

For many first-timers such a ‘sampler’ cruise shows cruising as an easy holiday option with no need to organise anything other than getting to the departure port. Once onboard it is time to check out the activities, the swimming pool and spa, the entertainment venues, and the restaurants and bars. On larger ships that orientation alone can fill a day.

As to sea-sickness, those who suspect they might have a problem should book a mid-ship cabin on a lower deck where less movement is felt.

If feeling a tad queasy, ask the cabin steward to deliver ginger ale, green apples and dry crackers to eat until feeling better – many cruise passengers have found this diet really works. A good dose of fresh air also helps.

In a worst case scenario every cruise ship has a medical clinic on board with a doctor to help sick passengers.

NOTE: Do you have a cure for sea-sickness? Do let australiancruisingnews.com know about it.




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