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5 Ways to Beat the Cruise Blues After a Trip

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Most of us know that feeling. We have been looking forward to our cruise for ages, have had a fantastic time away – and now it is all over!

Returning from a cruise can be quite depressing. You have to unpack your case, do the laundry – and face the reality of going back to work or to your normal everyday routines.

I am lucky that I get to travel multiple times a year, but there are certain things I always do to keep those post-cruise blues away. Find out what those things are in this article.

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Disembarkation day can be very sad…

#1 Make a Photo Book

Make a photo book of your cruise, or print out photos to put in a frame or hang on the wall.

It’s easy to take lots of photos on your phone then rarely look at them again. If you have a photo book on the coffee table or a photo on the wall, it will make you smile and help you relive all those happy cruise memories.

Above are a few that I’ve made throughout the years.

Many online retailers sell photobooks. You just upload your chosen photos, and your personalised book will be sent to you in the post.

I also have a book containing plastic wallets, which keeps all of my cruise cards in order. It’s getting to be quite a thick book.

I have heard of other people who keep them in photo frames or attach them with magnets to magnets to the fridge door. I just have too many now to do that.

#2 Treat Yourself to Something Small!

Treat yourself to something nice when you get home. I am not talking about anything expensive here – I normally order my favourite takeaway/takeout as a post-cruise treat.

Buy yourself a nice Bath Bomb to use on your return – it’s not as good as a nice Cruise ship Spa, but it helps. You will smell great anyway…

#3 Buy A Cruise Map

Order yourself a cruise map of the voyage you have just taken and hang it on the wall. It’s a great conversation starter – and let’s face it, we all like talking about cruises.

This is my Cruise Map of my Anthem of the Seas trip to Norway- we had a last-minute change of itinerary and visited Bergen, not Haugesund

Cruise Maps don’t just show the intended itinerary. They show any last-minute changes, so if you missed a scheduled port and went elsewhere, you will see it. If you had to detour to the nearest country to disembark a passenger for a medical emergency – it will show it.

These maps really are the personalised story of your cruise.

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#4 Appreciate Things You Don’t Have At Sea

It’s a perfect time to appreciate the things you missed when you were at sea – like your pets.

Hudson looking very excited about my return!

For me, as well as being delighted to see my cat, Hudson, I can’t wait to get in the bath.

Although I have no problem having showers when I am away, you just can’t beat a nice soak in your own bath. It helps me relax and unwind.

I also miss my own toast when I travel, I’ve been all over the world but never found toast as good as the kind I can make in my own toaster!

#5 Plan Your Next Trip

It will be no surprise to anyone that I love looking at, and booking cruises.

You might return from your cruise with all sorts of ideas for the next cruise you want to take.

  • You might want to try a bigger or smaller ship with the same cruise line
  • You might have seen a different itinerary you would like to try.
  • You might have decided that the cruise line didn’t suit you perfectly, and want to do some research on other lines you could try instead
  • You might want to try a cruise from your local port next time, or a fly-cruise if you have only cruised from your local port.
  • You might have loved the ship so much, you can’t wait to book another sailing on her!

Find out why you should consider cruising from your local port here:

7 Reasons To Sail From Your Local Cruise Port

There is nothing like booking another cruise to cheer you up, I highly recommend it!

I sign up for all the newsletters from the major cruise travel agents to get ideas, but I always book through my own travel agent.

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