Common First-Time Cruise Questions Answered, Part 1
Like with any new experience that’s unfamiliar, first-time cruisers may have some totally understandable concerns or questions about their upcoming trip. This is entirely natural, as a cruise contains several elements many first-timers have never experienced before in their lives.
At Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures, we’re proud to host many first-time cruisers on our fantastic range of trips with other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We offer a variety of sailings including our Holy Land cruise, the British Isles, Panama Canal, the Mediterranean and many more. In addition, we offer numerous land tours around the globe (land tours will be a subject for a later blog). In this two-part blog series, we’ll investigate several common questions first-timers often ask about their cruise and provide answers to ensure you’re well-informed as you head into your new adventure.
Are They Cramped?
We can understand where this question comes from. In previous generations, many cruise ships were indeed pretty crowded, with limited vessel space for a comparatively large number of people.
However, today this is no longer a major concern. Modern cruise ships may be built to hold a large number of passengers (up to 6500+), but they have used creative ways to provide large public spaces and small private spaces (such as 6-story atriums and numerous small seating areas) to prevent you from feeling cramped. In addition, varied passenger schedules mean congregations of the entire population are rare. Modern cruisers going for the first time are often surprised at how much space they have.
Will I Be Safe?
Another entirely justifiable question for any sea voyage is safety. This is another area where modern advances have allowed for great peace of mind. Not only are the cruise ships we utilize top-notch and outfitted with a huge range of safety themes and provisions, they also operate under numerous regulations governing maritime safety and emergency procedures.
All the ships we use are inspected regularly by governing bodies such as the Coast Guard and CDC, both for safety and cleanliness standards. In addition, each cruise includes a standard safety drill that is mandatory for all passengers, helping them know where to go and what to do during the unlikely event of an emergency. Finally, the extensive history of safe, healthy cruises that we have had in the past speaks for itself.
Will I Like the Food?
While we can’t say for sure as we don’t know each individual’s preferred diet, what we can tell you is this: you will have plenty of options. Today’s cruise ships come with numerous food choices onboard. There is always a buffet, and a variety of restaurants with European, Western, Asian, and other ethnical foods. In addition there are always a variety of food stands serving familiar fare such as hamburgers, tacos, sushi, and even pizza. Add these to the cultural culinary delights awaiting you at each of the ports and we find it is almost impossible not to find food to fit your palate and dietary restrictions.
For more of your first-time cruise questions answered, or to learn about any of our cruises or land tours, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures today.