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Staying Healthy While on a Honeymoon Cruise

by Shannon Kietzman, writer for Your Wedding

Nobody wants to think about getting sick or injured while on their honeymoon cruise, but the reality is that it is always a possibility. In addition, being ill while on your honeymoon cruise can be particularly distressful since it is your special time with your new spouse and because you can easily hear all of the great times everyone else is having as you rest in your cabin. Therefore, there are a few steps you should take to prevent this from happening to you.

Prevention is Key to Cruise Safety

Several weeks prior to your honeymoon cruise, you can start preparing your body and improving your chances of staying healthy. For example, you should:

Get exercise by walking, participating in exercise classes, and increasing your daily physical routine.
Take a multivitamin every day to help strengthen your immune system.
Drink more water and substitute it for alcohol, soda, and other sugary drinks.
Eat healthy foods, such as whole grain breads, salads, and lean meats.
Avoid crash diets.

Not only will these steps help strengthen your body, it will also help get you in shape and make you look great on your wedding day and while in your swimsuit during the cruise.

Common Cruise Illnesses and Injuries

Seasickness is the most common illness encountered on a cruise. If you have a tendency to develop motion sickness or nausea, you might want to reconsider going on a honeymoon cruise. Or, see your doctor beforehand and see about medications you can take, such as Dramamine, to help get you through. You can also help prevent seasickness by getting a cabin in the center of the ship, such as in the middle deck or in the middle of any floor. Here, the motion is less noticeable and, therefore, less likely to bother you.

Contagious viruses can also cause illness while on a cruise. In fact, a few ships become infected every year with viruses causing diarrhea, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms. Even when they do occur, only 1 in 10 passengers usually get sick. Nonetheless, it is important to frequently wash your hands in warm water and soap to avoid getting sick. You can also avoid the crowded venues where germs may be getting spread and be sure to get plenty of sleep and to eat healthy. If start showing signs of illness, get some rest to help your body fight it off.

Food illnesses can also occur when you overindulge yourself. Be sure not to do so, particularly with foods you are not familiar with. If you have any food allergies, be sure to tell the wait staff right away and always ask about ingredients in food being served. Also, be sure to order your meat fully cooked in order to avoid food poisoning.

Cruise ships are inherently safe and injuries and illness are rare. Fortunately, there is an infirmary on board, so be sure to take advantage of it if you experience medical-related issues and to take precautions to avoid ruining your honeymoon cruise.

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