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How to overcome a fear of cruising

Shore excursions are fun like this catamarran ride off the Silver Spirit in St. Lucia
Shore excursions are fun like this catamarran ride off the Silver Spirit in St. Lucia
Richard Pietschmann

We have a few friends who are literally afraid to cruise. Not for the reasons you might think. They don’t worry about falling overboard, getting Norovirus or seasick but that they will be bored and have nothing to do.

There's plenty to do on a ship like laps in the pool on Silversea's Silver Spirit and much more
Richard Pietschmann

“What do you do on a cruise,” asked our bud Chris who was seeing us off on a voyage from Fort Lauderdale recently. “I would go stir crazy,” he remarked. Our reply was briefly plenty. If you’re in the same boat as our friend and have never cruised lets us assuage your fears.

First all a cruise is what you make it. Some folks go just to relax and sit by the pool, read in a chaise all day, eat and rest. Others go to see the world (by taking port intensive itineraries) with ease and no hassles of having to catch flights and pack and unpacked.

Some go for all the above-plus, spa treatments, fitness classes, enrichment lectures (like those offered aboard Crystal Crystal), food (particularly passengers on Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, Crystal Cruises and Seabourn), to spend quality time with loved ones, to feel pampered (some crews really go all out to make you feel special especially butlers on Crystal, Silversea and Seabourn).

Listen up all cruise-aphobics it’s almost impossible to be bored on most ships, in fact while we have cruised on a few lines that we weren’t particularly fond of, we still enjoyed ourselves. For instance there have been times when the food hasn’t passed muster. No problem, we dined ashore, or still found things to eat that weren’t gourmet perhaps but okay. You just have to pick the right ship.

Every ship worth its sea salt today has a gym, jogging track, spa, casino, and library. Most also sport theatres for either movies (Princess and Crystal show the latest films in well-appointed theaters) or production shows. All offer organized activities, shore excursions, onboard shopping, bars and lounges. Some even bicycles (which Crystal is offering this summer on select cruises), rock climbing walls, bowling alleys and more. Again do your homework and choose well.