First time jitters

This cruise will be our first time ever and I'm nervous.  Can someone answer some questions?

Like, how badly does the ship rock, if at all?

What kinds of food they have on board?

Are the ports very safe?

Thanks in advance, any info is appreciated.

Joy P.


20 Answers

What itinerary and ship are you sailing?

Hi there and welcome aboard. More info is needed as Sarah said but some info is basic regardless of itinerary such as , how badly does the ship rock, if at all?

This depends on the ship and the seas. The smaller ships you will feel a bit of motion in rough seas but not that much. The larger ships even less. Also depends on where you are. At the bow and stern you will feel more motion than midships and higher up may feel a bit more than lower down but for the most part unless there are rough seas or a storm motion is minimal.

What kinds of food they have on board?

On most ships ... you name it and you got it. Depending on the line some may have an extra charge and some may not but there is always lots of food and lots of choices and in my opinion always great.

Are the ports very safe? Are city cores in the US or Canada safe? It is a matter of staying to the well travelled areas where there are other people. So long as you do not wander off alone most ports are good.

Good questions (and answers!)

As far as rocking, in normal seas, I do not even know we are not on land. In heavy seas, for me it gets a bit interesting, but is more fun than sickening.

For my wife, she will feel a bit queasy the first few days and be fine after that regardless of the seas.

In short, it only depends on how susceptible you are to motion sickness as well as the size of the ship.

I usually like to sail as high up and as far forward as possible, and except in heavy seas, there is little motion. If you are on a lower deck in the middle, then there would be virtually no motion.

On a large ship, there is about 99% less motion than there would be on the lifeboat, which are larger than normal size motorboats that you may see at the local lake or in someone's driveway.

Regardless of what kind of food you do like or don't like, you will definitely not go hungry. There is something for everybody.

As far as safety, I would parallel OldGrayWolf's statement -- although I would liken it to a small town rather than a city.

Have fun on the Oasis of the Seas in the Western Caribbean in November. I am sure you will have a great time.

Welcome to the forum and cruising. You've already been given great advice. I am extremely motion sensitive and use the "patch" which requires a doctor's prescription. My husband on the other hand has no problems even on rough seas. I recommend you buy over the counter medications (bonine, dramamine, etc.) to take with you, for just in case, because it is expensive on the ship and in most ports of call. Enjoy your adventure and hopefully you'll become as addicted as the rest of us.

Do a youtube search as well

Whether the ship rocks or not depends on the weather. The ships have stabilizers to control the rocking. If you book a stateroom low down mid-ship you will experience less movement if you encounter rough seas. Bring along some motion sickness pills just in case.

Most ports of call will be safe but you always need to be aware of your surroundings just like at home. If you feel uneasy, stay with the ship's shore excursions. There is safety in numbers.

Oasis of the seas... 11/25-12-2. Carribbean. Looking forward to it.

Oasis is a massive ship, on most days you probably won't feel it moving at all. There's lots of food onboard, the ship is divided into neighborhoods and there's lots of different restaurants throughout them. You'll be able to find most anything you want, and while some of it costs extra, a lot will be included.

That should be a great time to cruise, we did last year and will be cruising this year the same dates you are but on the brilliance of the seas. Great advice given already

teamhutchens, wondering where you have been...glad to see you posting. Is all well with the family?


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