It’s so sad when you reach the end of your cruise. The feeling starts with the dreaded suitcases outside cabins on the last night of the cruise. There have been even more people suffering recently because COVID-19 has led to the temporary suspension of cruises. In this post, I take a look at some fun and simple ways to beat cruise withdrawal symptoms (A.K.A. Cruise Blues).
1. Mix up your favourite cocktails
Whether it’s a Margarita or a Beverley Hills Iced Tea, find your favourite cocktail recipe and start mixing!
Princess Cruises have come up with their Top 10 Cocktails to help you get started. My personal favourite is the Dirty Banana and I recently go to try the new Sapphire Princess cocktail, exclusive to Sapphire Princess cruisers.
A nice easy one to try is a Bellini, made with peach purée and Prosecco. Here’s my attempt.
I also enjoy making an Aperol Spritz, which reminds me of Italy.
2. Keep in touch with cruise friends
We were fortunate enough to meet up with friends on our last cruise and since leaving we keep in touch through Facebook Messenger. We have shared photos, talked about great times on the cruise and kept up to date with what’s going on in their lives since they’ve been back home. It also help to know that others are feeling the cruise blues!
3. Join #CruiseHour on Twitter Another great way to chat about cruising when you’re at home is to join #CruiseHour on Twitter. It’s a group of friendly cruise fans who discuss different aspects of cruising every Tuesday. It’s total free to join in. Just search for #CruiseHour on Twitter to get involved.
3. Look through your cruise photos and videos
It’s nice to look back at all the places you’ve been and the shore excursions you’ve enjoyed. I’ve started to sort them into folders but instead of keeping them on your laptop or phone, why not create a beautiful photo book that you can look through every once in a while instead of leaving them to be forgotten about?
4. Watch Movies and TV shows about Cruises
If you haven’t watched this great TV series find it here. What made it even more special for us was that the latest series was aboard the Royal Princess, the sister ship to the Regal, which we have just come back from. The programme is a great behind-the-scenes look at the cruise ship and its staff. One of my favourite characters is Timothy from the front desk. I was fortunate to spot him on a recent ship visit of the Royal Princess.
5. Start planning your next cruise
For me, this can begin as early as the evening of disembarkation. Get searching for your next adventure, there are some great deals to be found and it will give you something to look forward to.
Take a look at the following sites to help you get started:
If you have any more great suggestions on how to beat the post-cruise blues, please get in touch. It would be fantastic to know how you cope in those dark days after a cruise!