Cruise Ship Travel Disadvantages

February 22nd, 2013 2:19 am

Cruise ship travel is not for everybody. Although many enjoy cruises, some travelers prefer other types of vacations. Before going on a cruise, take time to consider whether or not this is the best method of travel for you. Be sure to research information about the specific companies you are considering as well as read reviews from other customers. Also consider talking to those you know who have traveled on cruises before and see if it sounds like something you would enjoy. It is important to get more information than just a recommendation from someone. What one person finds fun, you may not, so it is important to find out why a person did or did not enjoy a cruise ship experience.

Some do not enjoy cruises simply because of the nature of traveling on a boat. Those who are prone to motion sickness may not enjoy being on a boat because of the high likelihood of experiencing sea sickness. Severity differs for everybody, and sea sickness usually is not serious, but it can still be an unpleasant experience and can ruin a vacation. Consider whether or not this is something that concerns you. Medications and wrist bands help some who suffer from sea sickness, but they are not effective for everyone. For some people, sea sickness runs its course relatively quickly, but only you can decide whether or not this is a possibility you are willing to face.

Others are afraid to cruise because of the possibility of the boat sinking. Only you can decide whether or not you are a person who worries about this possibility. It may help to do some research. Any type of travel has inherent risks, of course. Some are terrified of airplane travel but sill travel on cruises. Others travel frequently on airplanes but would not consider going on a cruise. It is true that being on a boat is a different kind of experience than any other form of travel. Some are not so worried about the boat sinking but are afraid of being out in open water, unable to see the shoreline. Only you can decide whether or not being on the ocean bothers you.

Perhaps the most common fear of cruises in the last decade has been based on the media coverage of viral outbreaks on cruise ships. In the last couple years, this problem has improved, but most travelers are familiar with outbreaks of viruses such as the Norwalk virus. These viruses run rampant on cruise ships because of the large number of people in close proximity to one another for extended periods of time. Although general precautions can certainly decrease a persons’ chances of catching a virus on a cruise ship, it is true that illnesses are more difficult to avoid on a boat.

Along with viruses, crime on cruise ships has also been widely publicized. It is important to research each cruise line and get accurate statistics. Also, read reviews and information to learn how incidents are handled, and make sure you understand the level of security that will be present on the ship. Fortunately, most crime committed on cruise ships is property crime rather than violent crime, and this is relatively common with any type of travel.

Things To Know In Boat Maintenance

June 21st, 2012 9:25 pm

It is a desire of most people to have their own boat, but only a few are aware that from the moment they buy it that they have to see to its maintenance. A boat owner should be aware of proper maintenance tips in order to keep it in good working order and looking attractive. Proper boat maintenance will result in giving your boat a long life and preventing unnecessary repairs.

Service your engine at least once a year. If possible you should follow the manufacturers guidelines as to when to service your motor, but at the bare minimum ensure it is done on a yearly basis.

There are also some other suggestions such as washing the boat often. Boats that are regularly used attract a great deal of dust, debris and other impurities and therefore it is really important to wash the whole boat, such as the interiors. While washing the boat you need to be careful to stay away from water seeping within the engine room.

To wash the canvas use a dishwashing detergent and a soft scrub brush if necessary. Every so often, you should lubricate snaps with petroleum jelly and zippers with a paraffin wax. You should also periodically treat the canvas with a waterproofing solution to prevent break-down of the material.

Glass windows can be cleaned with a glass cleaner or a water and vinegar solution. To prevent scratches apply a clear silicon spray with a soft cloth. Vinyl windows should be cleaned with water because chemicals in cleaners can break down the vinyl. After cleaning apply a clear wax. If you roll up vinyl windows, do it carefully to avoid scratching. Leaving them rolled up for long periods of time will lead to discoloration.

Upholstery should be wiped down with a wet cloth, removing dirt and salt. Apply a vinyl upholstery cleaner with a damp cloth, rinse, and wipe off with a clean cloth. You should then use an upholstery wax that protects against UV damage. To get rid of nasty mildew stains, use a solution of one part ammonia to four parts water. Scrub the area with a soft or medium brush, and rinse with fresh water.

Ropes can be damaged by salt, oil, and dirt. It is important to keep these maintained because they are used for many essential purposes. These should be checked regularly, and replaced if there is any sign of deterioration or tears. Because knotting causes access wear on the lines avoid this as much as possible.

Keep the ropes out of direct sunlight when not in use, and rinse them after each use. Ropes can be washed in a washing machine with a mild detergent. Be sure to place them inside a pillowcase first to avoid damage to the machine.