You have this perfect, luxury cruise vacation planned, but somehow that doesn’t get conveyed to Mother Nature. It happens. The clouds start rolling in. I always try to look on the bright side that at least it’s raining while I’m vacationing on a cruise…not working, running errands, or driving carpool.
My first advice is to always check your daily cruise planner for the next day. Every cruise line includes the forecast so that you can try to tailor your activities around the weather. If clouds or drizzle is anticipated, getting dressed in your swim suit first thing in the morning might not be the best idea.
- Take this time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the dining room. Or head to the buffet and get a table by the window to eat while watching the rain and ocean swells.
- Study your daily cruise planner and find an enrichment class that interests you or head to the Internet lounge and check your email.
- A rainy day is the perfect time to have that spa treatment you’ve been wanting to try. If the weather isn't ideal when there is a formal or evening chic night, splurge on getting your hair or nails done.
- If it’s afternoon when the rain hits, take the family to experience high tea or a unique lunch in a specialty restaurant. Sometimes, last minute discounts will be offered to entice guests.
In the Caribbean, torrential rain showers may instantaneously appear and then magically stop only 10 minutes later. Wait it out! If lightening isn’t an issue, grab your belongings and head into the main part of any beach, park or attraction you may be visiting. Take the time to grab a drink, snack, or even upload your pictures on social media to make your friends jealous back home.
Whatever the weather, rest assured it won't be consistent for the entire cruise. Captains are experts in steering the ship towards better weather conditions if necessary. If you take part in the various activities on board, relax and pamper yourself, enjoy the many different venues and types of food offered, while hopping on and off the ship to experience different ports, you will always have the perfect cruise vacation.