Dressing up for Royal Caribbean

Ask the cruise line company about the recommended clothes or Royal Caribbean cruise clothes a passenger needs. Remember that each cruise is different in both size of the ship and its destination.

You won’t be strolling around on deck in a bathing suit on a cruise to Alaska!

Take into account that the trip may also involve stopping at different locations for a day or two. Plan ahead and find out what can you do in those places. You may find that you will need specific clothes for treks through nature preserves or for mountain hiking.

Consider that many public areas on a cruise ship are climate controlled. If you’ll be spending an hour or two in the Internet room or in the library it’s not a bad idea to have a lightweight sweater along.

Above all else, avoid over packing. Although it may offer a sense of security, at the end you will find yourself carrying a lot of useless luggage. Make an estimate of the exact number of clothes that you are going to require each day – and then go over the list again. You can probably cut something out.

Finally, remember that every cruise ship has multiple shopping venues. If you get onboard and find out you don’t have all the pieces you need, chances are very good that you will be able to purchase them. While this may not be the most economical answer, many people would prefer spending the money over being embarrassed at the captain’s table.

An ocean cruise can be an incredible experience and even events that alter between the casual and the formal can add to the excitement of the trip. Anything that breaks you out of the normal routine of life is part of the adventure of a vacation. Embrace the whole package. The sensation of change is, for many people, the greatest appeal of cruise vacations. After all dressing up and putting on elegant evening cruise wear can be a nice change after twelve hours of walking around in a bathing suit. You’ll feel like part of the jet set! Think about your cruise attire with as much care as you put into picking th

Top 10 reasons why you should consider a cruise for your next holiday

1. Cruises provide the best value for your vacation dollar. Cruise
rates today are at an all-time low meaning they have the cheapest daily
per diem rate of any vacation.

2. You only unpack once. Nothing is fun about packing, unpacking and
lugging heavy suitcases around. On a cruise you only have to unpack
one time, stow the suitcases, and forget about them until it’s time to go
home.

3. Cruises provide fun for family members of all ages. Almost all
cruise lines today offer fantastic free children’s programs. While you’re
taking in a first-run movie, your child can play games or make crafts with
children in their own age group.

4. You can sample several cities or countries in one week. Cruises
usually cover large geographical areas and stop at the most interesting
places along the way. According to the CLIA (Cruise Line Industry
Association), 80% of cruisers consider cruises to be a good way to
sample vacation spots that they may want to return to later.

5. Cruises provide easy expense control. Except for some
beverages, gaming, spa treatments and shopping, you’ll know upfront
how much your cruise vacation will cost. That’s because nearly
everything is included in one price-meals, entertainment, and use of
on-board facilities.

6. A cruise is a hassle-free vacation. Think about it-a vacation without
driving, searching for hotels, or arguing over where to eat every night.
On a cruise your vacation time is maximized.

7. Cruises take the worry out of foreign travel. Cruises are the
easiest way to visit foreign countries. Customs officials clear the ship
before you disembark so all you have to do is step off and enjoy your
time in port.

8. On a cruise you’re truly away from it all. It’s amazing how relaxing a
vacation can be without ringing telephones, blaring car horns or beepers.
There’s something special about being surrounded by nothing but
sunshine and water.

9. Cruises mean non-stop pampering. Crave brownies at midnight?
No problem. Room-service will deliver a batch at no charge. Can’t decide
between two entrees at dinner? Order them both. Your waiter will bring
as many as you want!

10. And the best part-you can do everything or nothing on a
cruise. It’s totally up to you.  
It’s your choice to decide which activities
you want to enjoy-and those that you don’t. Cruise ships offer a variety of
many activities and shore excursions, but if you want to do nothing, that’s
fine too.

Maui Cruises

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and the second most
visited tourist destination in Hawaii behind Waikiki.

THE DOCK
Cruise ships dock at either Lahaina or Kahului. Lahaina is a tender port, but the location can’t be beat. Most larger cruise ships dock at Kahului, which is located near the airport.

LAHAINA
The historic whaling town of Lahaina is the second most visited spot on
Maui after the beaches. Once a busy whaling village, the town today is filled with tourist shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Don’t miss the huge Baynan Tree.

MAUI HIGHLIGHTS
Haleakala Crater
Take a drive and visit the Haleakala Crater. Several hundred years have
passed since the last volcanic activity occurred within the crater. The visual horizon in many places in the park is up to 115 miles out to sea. On clear days, enjoy the panoramic view of Molakia and Lania. Even cloudy days offer amazing rainbows and moonbows. For views of the extinct volcano crater, visit the Haleakala Visitor Center, located near the summit of Mt. Haleakala.

WHALE WATCHING WITH THE PACIFIC WHALE FOUNDATION
Maui is known as one of the world’s best whale-watching spots. Humpback whales migrate to Maui in large numbers every fall to mate, give birth and care for their young. The Pacific Whale Foundation offers whale-watching cruises from December 1-May 15. The organization has a 99% sighting sucess rate on their cruises and offers a free cruise in the unlikely event that you don’t see any whales.

MAUI OCEAN CENTER AQUARIUM
Here visitors can see spectacular live coral displays (the largest in the
nation), garden eels, lionfish, colorful Hawaiian wrasse, green sea turtles,
sharks, rays and more. All of the marine life is alive and from Hawaii. The
Maui Ocean Center aquarium is open 365 days of the year, from 9:00 a.m.

KAANAPALI BEACH
In 2003, Kaanapali Beach in West Maui was named the “Best Beach in
America” by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (Dr. Beach). This 3-mile stretch of
white sand, breaking waves, and swaying palm trees is what Hawaii’s all
about. The waves can be rough at times, especially in the winter, so be
forewarned and keep an eye out for small children. Don’t miss the sunset
diving ceremony at Black Rock near the Maui Sheraton. Kaanapali Beach is
located 45 minutes from Kahului port, and ten minutes from Lahaina.

HIGHWAY TO HANA
A visit to Maui would not be complete without a visit to Hana. But don’t let the distance in miles fool you. The trip to Hana is a long drive so allow a full day.

There are 500 curves and over 50 single lane bridges, plus you’ll need to
allow extra time for any stops. Every curve brings another breath-taking
sight, waterfalls, rainforests, and rainbows.

Do Seasickness Cures exist?

Fortunately, there a number of effective ways to combat seasickness. In the old days some people simply jumped into the water.

Once in the water the sea itself becomes the reference point the brain requires. Unfortunately on modern-day cruise ships going overboard isn’t a very good option – in fact, the cruise companies would prefer you not even think about it.

The modern approach for a seasickness cure can be found in a variety of medicines, most of which are sold over the counter. Dramamine, for instance, is considered to be one of the best remedies for seasickness. It is a particularly good choice because it is safe for both adults and children. Although many people still believe that taking Dramamine will make you drowsy, the newest version of the pills have completely eliminated that unwanted side-effect.

Another seasickness tablet is Promethazine. Although Dramamine can be bought without a prescription, Promethazine can’t. It can be only recommended by a doctor. Before you consider asking your doctor for this medication, however, be aware that it does have strong side effects like drowsiness, blurred vision and fatigue. For all but the most severe and unrelenting cases of sea sickness, Promethazine is overkill.

Other more traditional recommendations include keeping your eyes on the horizon. That way your internal equilibrium can have a reference point to orient itself. Try lying down in the open with your eyes closed. Look for areas where fresh air blows and try to stay near the center of the ship.

Finally, natural medicine also offers a seasick remedy. Ginger is known for alleviating the effects of seasickness. If you eat ginger root or ginger candy a day before leaving on your trip and have a supply with you, it may prevent the feeling of nausea. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work with all people and moreover, some people do not like the spicy herb or cannot tolerate it.

The same unpredictable results can be found with acupressure. Many travel stores sell elastic wristbands designed to stimulate the median nerve thus eliminating the effects of seasickness. While the bands work great for some people others receive no relief from them whatsoever.

Try not to worry too much before embarking on your dream voyage. Cruise ship companies know that not all of their passengers are old sea dogs who are accustomed to the hazards of the sea. Every cruise ship has a medical staff that knows how to eliminate or at least to reduce the effects of sea sickness. Although the variety on seasick cures can vary from specialist to specialist, their objective is the same: to make you feel better. It may be something as simple as seasick pills, taking a swim in the sea or applying a seasick patch. Rest assured, something will work for you.