How to avoid getting sick on a Royal Caribbean cruise

Despite what you may read or hear in some news reports, getting sick on a cruise ship is a fairly rare occurrence.  Royal Caribbean has a very high standard for ship cleanliness and takes certain measures to ensure all of its guests have a healthy and fun time onboard.  However, just like on land, getting sick can happen.

The good news is there are measures you can take to mitigate the risk of getting sick on your Royal Caribbean cruise.  Here are some simple precautions to take to enjoy your cruise in the best of health!

Avoiding sea sickness

Having gong on a number of cruises, getting sea sick is far from common.  Royal Caribbean cruise ships are built quite well and are very stable.  More than likely, you will not get sea sick but for some folks, it can be an unpleasant reality of cruising.

There are many things you can do to help. Your choice of stateroom can have an impact on whether or not you get sea sick. Motion is felt very differently in different parts of the ship. The general rule is the least amount of movement is somewhere in the middle of the ship, on a lower deck.  The higher up or the further aft or forward, the greater the potential to feel movement.

Beyond your stateroom choice, you can also invest in some natural and medicinal remedies.

Our go-to choice to combat the nausea of sea sickness is an over-the-counter medication called Bonine. It works quite well, lasts a long time, and side effects are mostly just drowsiness. Alternatively, Dramamine offers a non-dowsy natural option with ginger.

There are also some good natural remedies to consider, such as:

Wash your hands often

If you remember nothing else from this blog post, let it be to wash your hands often.  Always wash your hands before and after eating, and after you use the bathroom. 

In every Royal Caribbean bathroom, there is are paper towels and a trash can by the door. Use the paper towel to open the door so that your hand is not touching the surface.

You should wash your hands before going to eat at any restaurant or buffet.  Royal Caribbean provides hand sanitizer at the entrance to any eatery, so be sure to use them.  On some of the newer Royal Caribbean ships, there are sinks to wash your hands.  Getting in the habit of cleaning your hands before you eat is a great strategy.

We also like bringing liquid hand soap with us to the ship, to make it easier to wash our hands after using our stateroom bathroom.  Royal Caribbean provides a bar of soap to use, but liquid hand soap is far simpler and faster.

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water on your Royal Caribbean cruise is not only healthy, but a great way to keep feeling great throughout your cruise.

If you are wondering, yes, you can absolutely drink the water out of the tap from your stateroom on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.  Every Royal Caribbean ship takes measures to cleanse its water to a point that exceeds government standards for drinking water.

In general, it is a good idea to stick to bottled water off of a cruise ship.  You can bring bottled water off your ship when in port.  Remember that fruit and vegetables may be washed in local water, so sticking to cooked food is best. If you do eat raw fruit and vegetables pick ones that have been peeled so that you don’t eat the skin.

Avoid sunburn

If there is one area we all tend to neglect, it is taking the proper precautions every time to avoid getting sunburn.  It is easy to forget about applying the right amount of sunscreen when you're having a great time splashing and having fun, but sunburn is no fun when it afflicts you.

Sunburn is not only painful, it can have very serious health consequences for the future. Make sure that you limit your time in the sun. 

The key is to always apply sunscreen and keep reapplying it regularly. 

You may also consider investing in a product to help alleviate the symptoms of sunburn, such as an after sun lotion product that has Aloe in it.

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