Going on a cruise? Check out these top health tips

Whether you are a regular on cruises or you’re just finding your sea legs, they are a great way to explore the world. But if you’re planning on cruising, there are a few things you need to know about staying fit and healthy. We’ve gathered some top tips to ensure you have a good trip:

1. Take advantage of the on-board gyms and swimming pools

How often are fantastic gym and swimming facilities within such a close proximity to you? And with the amount of food on offer on a cruise, you’ve got no excuse for not going and burning some calories off. Many cruises offer fitness classes and off board excursions that will help you keep up the exercise too.

2. Be careful with personal hygiene

Due to the close quarters of people from all around, the chances of germs spreading are quite high on a cruise. But as long as you always wash your hands, use sanitiser and minimise person-to-person contact with strangers, you should enjoy a cruise without catching a cold or the flu.

3. Come prepared

Essentials, such as sun screen and bug repellent, can be quite expensive on a cruise ship. But you’ll need a good supply, so make sure you take what you need on board. Don’t let the price put you off if you run out, though – you’d rather spend the money, than spend a day or two sunburnt.

4. Avoid seasickness

It’s also worth adding some seasickness tablets to your bag of essentials. When the seas are particularly rough, also avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and look out to the horizon if you do start to feel nauseous.

Independence of the Seas Cruise Health

5. Enjoy yourself

Your mental well-being is just as important as physical health. You won’t be able to relax on your cruise if you’re constantly worried and stressed – so take a sensible approach to germs and make sure you’re still enjoying yourself. Many cruise ships have spas on board, so treat yourself. After all, you’re on holiday – you deserve it.

Do you have any cruise health tips to share?


  1. Emily Culhane
    January 30, 2017 / 11:34 am

    I never thought about the personal hygiene aspect of a cruise in that regard before! Great post!

    • January 30, 2017 / 11:49 am

      Thanks Emily – so important considering the number of people on board and what can be close quarters.

  2. Robyn Spice
    January 30, 2017 / 1:05 am

    That’s a great size of gym for a boat! Amazing! These tips are awesome 🙂

    • January 30, 2017 / 11:43 am

      I know! Ovation of the Seas can take almost 5000 passengers so it’s good to see a decent sized gym there. It was much bigger than my local gym haha. Thanks Robyn 🙂

  3. Marlies
    January 24, 2017 / 1:17 am

    One day I want to do a cruise and I will definitely think of your health tips! Thank you 🙂