How to stay healthy during your cruise

Staying healthy on cruise ships post-covid is a top priority for everyone when stepping on board your next cruise.

The impact of Covid-19 sent devastating shockwaves throughout many industries. Not least, the cruising industry that saw most of 2020 and early 2021 bookings swept away in a tidal wave of canceled cruises as many countries closed their ports.

But, better prepared than ever, the cruise industry slowly but surely returned. Guests are cruising once again. Countries worldwide have opened their ports to millions of visitors eager to spend their vacation money on a cruise.

The luxury of cruising is a hard act to follow when it comes to booking any other type of package holiday. With generous re-booking options and cancellation rules, cruise companies do all they can to entice you. Think cruise credits, extra perks, and free upgrades.

Flexible options to book now and cruise later

Lower deposits and later final payment dates offered by cruise lines are to keep us happy to retain our business. Speak to your cruise company directly to ensure you have complete information when booking your cruise. Request to pay the lowest amount of deposit possible. Then ask if they can extend the final payment date for you. This way, you keep your money in your pocket as long as possible. 

For most of us, traveling is a part of our desire to explore, experience, and learn about new lands. The flexibility a cruise allows enables us to do this while living with the comforts of home – and then some. And post-pandemic cruising remains one of the most luxurious and value-for-money holidays you will ever choose.

Protecting you and your neighbor and staying healthy on cruise ships

Staying safe on board post covid was the only way the industry would win back our trust in cruising again. Cruise lines adhered to strict testing policies, and cruise ships were cleaned and sanitized multiple times during each day of cruising. Stopping the transmission of germs from banisters, elevator buttons, and door handles ensures staying healthy is their top priority.

With reconfigured buffet dining options and new ship layouts, cruise lines had a long checklist of to-dos before launching again. 

Although many protocols regarding vaccination and testing have now been lifted, it’s essential you read the rules that the cruise line you choose has in place for boarding your ship.

Cruise lines have medical personnel on board and procedures in place should you fall ill during your vacation. However, we recommend that you pack some common medications in your suitcase if you need something onboard that doesn’t necessarily require a visit to the ship doctor. Items include headache tables, stomach settlers, sunscreen, fever medicine, etc. These items are much more expensive to purchase onboard the ship than in your local pharmacy.

Responsible tourism and new technology

More so now than ever before, cruise companies are focusing on the experiences they offer travelers across their fleets.  Through responsible tourism and investing in new technology,  reducing carbon emissions is a priority. Together with installing LED lighting on board that uses less energy to help keep our oceans as clean as possible.

Cruises around the world are restarting and we see a return of all the itineraries we know and love. And even more, exciting is the launch of brand new ships to destinations yet to be ticked off our bucket list.

It is, quite simply, the best way to experience the world.

Meet the author: Sarah has created and booked hundreds of travel itineraries for thousands of customers during a career in the travel industry that spans 20 years. Having worked hand in hand with cruise lines, hotels, airlines and tour operators worldwide, she offers inspiring & detailed insights in the world of travel and tourism.

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