Staying Connected at Sea
Communication Strategies

While cruising, staying in touch with family or the office is important for peace of mind. However, ship-to-shore calls can be exorbitantly priced, sometimes reaching $15 per minute. To avoid a hefty bill, limit phone calls and consider alternative communication methods. For instance, using a phone card from ports of call can significantly reduce costs and provide better connection quality. Remember, areas near the dock may be crowded with crew members also trying to call home, so venturing further out may be beneficial.

Internet Access

Modern cruise ships offer internet access, but it’s not always high-speed and can be expensive, ranging from $0.50 to $1.00 per minute. To save money, compose emails offline and send them when you’re connected. Some cruise lines offer package deals for internet usage, and frequent cruisers may even enjoy complimentary access. Alternatively, internet cafes in port cities often provide affordable rates.
Managing Seasickness
Choosing the Right Cruise

Today’s cruise ships are equipped with advanced stabilizers, making seasickness less of an issue. For the smoothest experience, select a cruise in calm waters and book a cabin in the middle of the ship on a lower level. Aligning your bed with the ship’s bow to stern can also help minimize discomfort.
Remedies and Precautions

If you’re concerned about seasickness, consult your doctor for medication or try acupressure bracelets. Natural remedies like ginger capsules, available at health food stores, can also be effective. In case of queasiness, eat crackers and green apples, and avoid alcohol, which can exacerbate symptoms.