15 Reasons You Should Never Take a Cruise from 15 Reasons You Should Never Take a Cruise

15 Reasons You Should Never Take a Cruise

People flock to cruises because they are excited to take a vacation where they have the opportunity to visit more than one destination. But one of the things they forget about is the limited time they are allotted at each destination. Wouldn’t you rather just stay at a hotel and enjoy your place of interest without feeling rushed?

High winds, a rocking ship and rain are some of the many weather conditions you need to watch out for. Be careful when traveling to the Caribbean. There is a high chance you will get stuck in the middle of a hurricane. Oh, and don’t even think about your off-shore excursions. Bad weather usually means cancelled adventure trips and more time on the boat.

Cruise ships are cashless – you better hope your credit cards are paid up, because ships don’t accept cash anywhere on board! If they are paid up, you have to be careful and keep track of your spending. Before you know it, you will have racked up more money on your credit card than you could have ever imagined.

If all of that isn’t enough to stop you from taking a cruise, I have 15 more reasons that will convince you!

1. A Flu Outbreak

You can’t wait to get on your cruise ship, you’re so excited for the adventures in store, and then you get sick. Your entire trip is ruined because you have the flu. Cruise ships are filled with so many people, all it takes is for one person to have the virus and it spreads like wildfire. Then, before you know it, more and more people are getting sick and the cruise experience you were so excited for, well, it turns out to be the opposite of what you expected.

2. Crime

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It’s a scary thought, leaving home and taking a boat out into the middle of the ocean. But now you have to worry about crime too. According to MarketWatch, “a Holland America crew member allegedly tried to throw a passenger overboard.” So, not only do you have to worry about the other passengers, stealing from you or harassing you, now you have to worry about the crew members too.

3. Collisions

Yes, it is true, cruise ships can get in serious accidents. According to U.S. News, in 2012 the Costa Concordia (Italian cruise ship) was ran aground on a reef and it toppled onto its side. 4,200 passengers were aboard and 64 of them were injured.

4. Getting Stuck

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The truth is you can get stuck on a cruise ship. Anything can happen, from losing electricity to the air conditioning turning off. Try being stuck at sea sweating your butt off and not being able to see where you are walking. This actually happened… According to Men’s Journal, in 2013 the Carnival Triumph cruise ship lost their “electricity, engines and air conditioning for a few days.” Talk about a disaster

5. Too Much Sun

Laying around on the top deck of your ship and getting off the boat and relaxing on the beach at your destination could potentially expose you to too much sun. Too much sun can cause fatigue, dizziness, heat stroke and cataracts. Not to mention the effects it will have on your skin; possibly causing you sun burns, tender skin and blisters.

6. Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs have become a serious problem on cruise ships. They like to live next to where people sleep; and prefer to hide in crevices around the room and inside furniture. One of the most common ways to contract bed bugs is through another person; therefore, making it very common to get bed bugs on a cruise ship. Tip: Don’t unpack your suitcases on the floor of your cabin, never store your luggage under your bed and make sure you sanitize your luggage after your trip.

7. A lot of People

There are so many people on board with you, it can become very frustrating. Make sure you pick a cabin that is nowhere near the stairwells or elevators. If you do, you’re just asking to get a horrible night sleep. More people also means long lines. The lines to get your food are absolutely ridiculous and the lines to get on and off of the ship are even worse! Don’t even bother trying to get a cocktail at the bar, you will be waiting there forever.

8. Seasickness

It is very common to get seasickness on a cruise. According to Medical News Today, “about 33% of people are susceptible to motion sickness even in mild circumstances such as being on a boat in calm water.” Seasickness can cause nausea, headaches, vomiting, dizziness, shortness of breath and drowsiness.

9. Food Poisoning

According to CNN, in 2014 “a 10-day Royal Caribbean cruise ship will return two days early after an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness.”  Food poisoning can happen anywhere, and especially on a cruise ship where there is a large variety of food at your disposal. Food poisoning can cause vomiting, dizziness, stomach pain, muscle weakness and abdominal cramps.  

10. Dangerous Passengers

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Not everyone on your cruise has the best intentions. Who wants to go on a trip where you have to constantly watch your back? Make sure you don’t ever leave your drink unattended, as date rapes are common. Make sure you keep your money close to your body at all times. Passengers may try and sell you drugs; they may pickpocket you and steal from you.

11. Mechanical Issues

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In some cases cruises have encountered mechanical issues. Fires, engine failures and other mishaps have been known to happen. These types of issues will definitely put a damper on your trip. Imagine paying all that money for a cruise and being stuck in the middle of the ocean. When mechanical issues occur you are stuck at sea; say goodbye to docking at your favorite Caribbean destination.

12. Unhealthy Foods

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I hope you’re ready to wreck your diet because cruise ships offer some of the unhealthiest foods to their guests. From burgers, fries, donuts, cakes and the famous buffet, you will definitely be leaving the ship weighing more than you did when you came on the ship. Oh, and not to mention their delicious cocktails. According to CalorieKing, one 3.3 fl.oz margarita has 153 calories, 583mg of sodium, 4.3g of sugar and 7g of carbs.

13. The Ship Won’t Wait for You

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Did your flight get delayed? Are you running late to the ship? Well, you better hurry up because the ship isn’t going to wait for you. Make sure you don’t lose track of time during your adventures off the boat. The ship captain is not going to delay the cruise for you. Oh and don’t forget, you still have all of your belongings on the boat. So, if you miss the ship, you have to find your own way to the next stop to retrieve your belongings.

14. Expensive Excursions

Okay, so you paid for your cruise, luckily your accommodations and meals are included because the off-boat excursions are very pricy. For example, it is $204.99 a person to swim with the dolphins on the Carnival cruise to Freeport, Bahamas and the Atlantic half day reef fishing trip is $125.75 for adults and $85.75 on the Royal Caribbean cruise to Kings Wharf, Bermuda.

15. No Communication

Communication with the outside world is very limited. Make sure that you left work behind, you may not have any service to check your emails. It’s a scary thought, but what if something was to happen back home and no one was able to contact you? Signal is likely to go in and out and you may not be able to receive or make any important calls. Don’t even bother trying to go on the internet, we all know how expensive data is and the roaming charges that will appear on your bill will be outrageous.