Life on the ocean: staying healthy on a cruise

Cruises are great, there’s no denying that, but life on the ocean isn’t always smooth sailing. The following tips have been curated by the expert consultants at My Cruises—they want you to have that advert cruise experience: fun without the illness!

Get immunised

Cruises travel to multiple destinations and, usually, multiple countries. Even if you’re not planning to participate in all of the shore excursions, it’s still a good idea to get the appropriate shots—you never know what your fellow cruise buddies are going to bring back!

Pack your meds

If you have a serious medical condition, be prepared. Refill your scripts, and get letters from your doctor where necessary. PRO TIP from the My Cruises team: don’t forget the ginger tablets—you don’t want to spend the whole time suffering from seasickness!

Arrive early

Jet lag can hit us all in different ways and it’s never fun to drag yourself around on holiday! By arriving in your departure port a few days early, you’ll get used to the time zone and, hopefully, be awake and enjoying yourself in no time.

Wash your hands

We’re told this from a young age. On a cruise it’s even more important. Wash your hands more than usual. Take hand sanitiser if that’s easier. To avoid catching or spreading illness, this is the easiest trick in the book!

Drink (and don’t drink) the water

Yep, you read that right. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated…but make sure it’s safe. Safe water will be available on your cruise ship, but the same can’t be guaranteed of your destinations. Stick to the bottled stuff just to be safe.

Observe the art of the buffet

Cruise food definitely is amazing, but beware of the richness. If you’re not used to eating all you can from a flavour-filled smorgasbord, pace yourself. Let your body get used to the food before you shock it with quantity!  

Take the stairs

We holiday to relax, not to give up. Take the stairs while on cruise or try out the top of the line fitness facilities on board. Don’t let a cold or flu sneak up on you. Stay active and keep your body working and fighting!

Fresh air and sunshine

Bugs are known to travel around cruise ship air-conditioning vents. The best way to beat them? Avoid them. Sit in the sun and breathe in the fresh air. That glorious Vitamin D will cure all, but make sure you apply sunscreen. No one like a human tomato.

Remember to sleep

With so much to see and do on a cruise, this one might be the hardest health tip to adhere to, but it’s also one of the most important. Make sure you sleep on your cruise. Remember, the goal is to relax, not run yourself into the ground!