If you've never taken a cruise, there's a chance you believe a handful of common myths. If those beliefs have given you reservations about setting sail, we're here to help. These are the five common cruise myths you shouldn't believe.
You'll Get Seasick
You may worry about getting seasick on a cruise. Fortunately, this is far from common. Even if you've been seasick on a ship before, you may be just fine on a cruise ship.
The large size of the vessel helps keep it stable, which, in turn, can ward off seasickness. Built-in stabilizers also keeps the ship from rocking.
Even if you do find yourself starting to get seasick, that doesn't mean you'll spend the cruise in your cabin clinging to the bed. First off, choose a room with an ocean view away from the bow and stern, and you'll notice the movement less. There are also medicines available that can mitigate the effects of seasickness.
You'll Catch an Illness
You've probably heard at least one news story of an illness breaking out on a ship. Norovirus, in particular, is a stomach ailment that can easily spread anywhere with a high concentration of people in a small space. While this can happen, it isn't anywhere as common as you might think.
Less than one percent of Americans who cruise end up contracting stomach illnesses while on a ship, according to the CDC. You're more likely to contract such illnesses on land. Still, to decrease your chances, wash your hands with soap and water frequently. This won't guarantee you won't get sick, but it will certainly help.
Cruise Ships Are Dangerous
Any mode of travel presents some risk, and cruises aren't an exception. Still, people often think of cruises as much more dangerous than they actually are.
With so many people in one place, you might also be worried about crime. This is a valid concern anywhere you encounter a lot of people, but the crime rate on cruises is generally very low. This is partially due to the fact that you need to pay to be on a cruise. When you combine that with the fact that it's not an easy place for a criminal to escape from, you get a rather safe environment.
Cruises Are Too Expensive
Like being dangerous, cruises seem to have acquired a reputation for being prohibitively expensive. They certainly can be expensive if you choose a luxury cruise to an exotic destination, but there are plenty of ways to save money and still end up having the time of your life.
Booking off-season can help you save money, especially when you aren't married to one destination. If you book your cruise for the off-season in Europe, Alaska or even the Caribbean, you'll often end up paying less than $100 per person per day.
Cruises Are All-Inclusive
Part of the reason cruises have a reputation for being expensive is that booking the cruise isn't the only thing you need to pay for. If you're not looking to spend too much money, you'll need to keep this in mind.
Usually, booking a cruise gets you a room, means and access to other cruise staples like the swimming pool. You'll often end up paying extra for wine, certain onboard activities, Wi-Fi and sometimes snacks and drinks. You'll also have to keep tips in mind.
Accounting for these extras as you plan your trip will ensure you still have a great time without paying significantly more than you planned.