Cruise Tips - Home Away from Home


I am on the final day of a Panama Canal cruise on DCL. It has been wonderful, but a small case of homesickness has set in. There are things to which I cannot wait to return. Not that I’ve actually done anything to remedy my bittersweet yearnings but if my shortcomings can help someone else I will not have suffered in vain.

My top five tips to avoid homesickness:

  • Choose a stateroom that requires you to walk by a guest laundry area. Sounds silly but the humid smell of drying clothes layered with a little fabreeze and bounce is like a quick trip home without sacrificing that evening’s trip to the buffet.

  • Set up a slide show on your computer or tablet loaded with pictures of the people you’re going to miss.

  • Sign up for international texting while you’re away. It’s super affordable and my carrier allows unlimited photo and video messages.

  • Bring a small infuser of your favorite scent. No candles or incense on a ship, but this tip can help mingle your verandah room’s fresh ocean breeze with vanilla patchouli juniper berry surprise.

  • Bring a t-shirt of hoodie emblazoned with your hometown or alma mater. It starts conversations and helps you make new friends. I stop everyone that has a WI “W” on their t-shirt. Sadly many of them are from Wyoming or Washington, but every once in a while I get lucky.

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