5 Things I Learn the More I Cruise

If you know my husband and I, then you know we love our cruises.

There is no other vacation that accounts for the food, stay, and entertainment (for the price!) quite like a cruise. Not only that, but living in Florida allows us quick and easy access to about four major ports.

Having double digits of cruises under my belt, I’ve learned a lot about the fun and the downfalls of being on a cruise ship. Here are just five of those.

1. You can’t control others’ behavior.

I’ve realized that, while many people are good, many are inherently spoiled rotten on a cruise ship. You didn’t know you could learn great life lessons on vacation, did you?!

I often get very frustrated at watching my fellow cruisers and how they treat the staff, performers, and other service people that work nonstop on these ships. While there are plenty of incredible, humble, and thoughtful people on ships, I’ve sadly witnessed a lot of the opposite too.

At the end of the day, I’ve had to come to terms with a simple fact: I can’t control what other people do. When you’re in such close quarters, it’s easy to get caught up in what other people are doing. But the best you can do is be a good person yourself.

2. Make friends for a lifetime.

We’ve met so many amazing people on cruises – some have stayed Facebook friends (so we get to stay in each others’ lives) and some that have become lifelong friends that I’ll never give up.

My best advice to anyone cruising is: be open, get seated with strangers at dinner, and be willing to make brand new friends.

3. Have amazing experiences.

I know a lot of people who cruise a lot stop getting off the boat. I know, I know. The big ships have tons of incredible activities and shows. But what about experiences? You’re getting carted around and dropped off at beautiful and incredible locations…so get off and enjoy them!

Again, be open to experiences. Don’t always do the ship excursions (which can also be great), but do your own research and find some great opportunities yourself.

4. Eat, drink, and be merry.

There’s never an end to the amount of food or drinks you can have on a cruise, but be mindful: you are what you eat. When you’re suddenly eating unhealthy or drinking way more than you’re used to, you’re not going to feel well walking around the boat or destinations. Who wants to feel like garbage on their vacation?

Similarly, it’s important to keep up a healthy workout routine…which you can absolutely do on a cruise ship! Luckily, you’ll likely be walking a lot, but be sure to take a trip or two to the beautiful fitness center you’ll find on the boat.

5. Empaths beware.

Phew. If you’re a highly sensitive person and/or an empath, you may have a tough time with a cruise. I’ll be writing more on this topic in the future, but the simple version is this: do you due diligence to prepare yourself before, during, and after your trip. You will be essentially trapped on a floating city for an average of 4 – 7 days, so it’s important you take care of yourself.

Take alone time when you need it, get plenty of exercise and sleep, and do the work you need to do to enjoy your vacation. Trust me, you’ll be kicking yourself if you allow the energy of so many other people guide your trip for you!


What have you learned by cruising? Any additions to the list above?

Born/bred in MD. Raised in ME. Transplant to FL. Entrepreneur, wife, writer, puppy momma, Scorpio, fitness/nutrition enthusiast, eternal optimist.
I’m a strong, passionate, intense woman who has a thirst for life, knowledge, love, and the never-ending question of the meaning of life. I figure I’m bound to find it sooner or later.

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