There’s nothing more exciting than the first time you step aboard Legenda Yacht, ready for your next big adventure around the Mediterranean. But, as with any holiday, you need to make sure you’re as prepared as possible so you have nothing but an amazing time while away.
It’s also worth noting that a yachting holiday is a little different to a more typical trip where you’re on dry land for the entire time and you may have slightly different concerns to think about because you’re at sea for prolonged periods of time.
To help you make sure that your luxury yacht holiday goes nothing but swimmingly (pun intended!), we’ve come up with some helpful travel hints, tips and advice. We’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time away regardless, but you could find the following list of use. Happy travels!
How to get your sea legs
If you’ve travelled by sea before, no doubt you already know how tricky it can be to get used to the pitching and rolling of the boat. Finding your sea legs can be difficult and it can take a bit of time for your brain to adjust to the movement of the ship. Some people in your party will no doubt adjust immediately but it could take a few days to adjust, so just take your time with it and see how you go.
To help you make the adjustment, avoid greasy food and don’t drink alcohol, as this can make sea sickness worse. You shouldn’t take too long to find your sea legs on board Legenda as she’s such a large ship. If you’ve ever been on anything smaller, such as a ferry or a catamaran, you may already know how hard it can be to get used to the movement of the vessel.
Also don’t forget that you can also experience the reverse problem if you’ve been at sea for a few days. The next time you set foot on dry land, you may find that you’re a little unsteady on your feet but this won’t last long, don’t worry.
How to cope with seasickness
Seasickness can really ruin your holiday but luckily, there is a lot you can do to help make sure you don’t suffer from it too badly. Being as well rested as you possibly can be can help reduce your symptoms, as being overtired can make you more susceptible to seasickness, so try and rest up before you set sail if possible.
There are various medications out there you can try to help prevent and treat motion sickness, the majority of which are available over the counter - although if you already know you’re a sufferer, you might want to chat to your doctor before you sail.
Fresh air can also help relieve any symptoms you might be feeling, so if you are starting to feel a little green head out onto the deck of the ship and look towards the horizon. This can help you get used to the motion of the boat and help you get over the sickness.
Planning your trip according to the weather could also help if you know you’re likely to get quite seasick while away. If you’re planning a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean, perhaps go during spring and summer, as the seas are generally roughest during autumn and winter thanks to winds and storms.
Get into the right mindset
If you’ve never been on a luxury cruise around the Mediterranean, it can be hard to know what to expect, which is preparation really is key. It’s not quite the same as a holiday spent on dry land and you will have to adopt a more flexible approach from time to time, since a lot of what you do may well be dictated by what the weather is doing.
Should conditions change dramatically, you may have to revise your itinerary and make a few alterations, so bear this in mind before you set sail. But trips can easily be tailored to suit your requirements, so the flexibility works both ways, you’ll be pleased to hear.
Prep yourself on water safety
Again, a sailing holiday is different to other types of trip and you would be wise to familiarise yourself with health and safety advice for spending time at sea, although the Legenda Yacht crew will certainly prep you on this before you set sail as well.
Remember to drink alcohol responsibly at all times when you’re on the ship, as well as off. Of course, it’s easy to get carried away when you’re having fun but make sure you stay well hydrated and drink water in between alcoholic beverages so you don’t feel too tipsy. You might find you don’t like the feeling of being drunk when you’re onboard the boat, in any case.
It might also be a good idea to try your life jacket on so you can see how it works, just in case you do have to use it in an emergency. And make sure that if there are any children in your party that they know how to behave themselves onboard the yacht.
Always listen to your skipper
The captain of the ship is there to help but you also need to help yourselves and listen to him on matters such as health and safety, and protecting the environment. Again, be flexible in your approach to travel when on a cruising holiday, as it may be that the captain has to amend or cancel parts of your itinerary on health and safety grounds.
Learn some of the vernacular
Really get into the swing of things onboard your luxury cruise ship by reading some nautical novels or perhaps familiarising yourself with some of the terms commonly used by sailors and the crew. You’ll have a great time peppering your speech with all sorts of interesting words and phrases.
It’s important to make sure that you’ve packed appropriately when going on a luxury yacht trip. Bear your destination in mind - if you’re travelling around the Mediterranean, you’ll want clothes to suit warm weather, but also make sure you pack jumpers and windbreakers as it can get quite chilly onboard the boat when she picks up speed. Waterproofs are certainly a good idea and don’t forget your boat shoes, whatever you do!
Also think about the luggage you intend to use, as you may well find it easier to store soft-sided bags on your yacht than heavy hard suitcases.
Research your destination
Having a good idea of what to expect when visiting different countries is advisable, so you can discover any traditions and cultures ahead of time, and so you know exactly where you want to go and what you want to do. There are so many places in the Mediterranean to visit that you will have to be relatively organised or you won’t see half of the destinations you want to. Your skipper can help you put your itinerary together if required.
Before you leave
Make sure you’ve taken out appropriate travel insurance before you head off on your jollies, checking that it covers you for everything you want to do. Also make sure that your passport is valid and keep it in a safe place while onboard Legenda.
No matter where you decide to go on a yachting holiday, you’re sure to have a wonderful time while away - as long as you’re properly prepared and know what to expect. If you have any questions about what life is like onboard Legenda Yacht, get in touch with us today.
We’d be more than happy to answer any and all questions you might have, as well as giving you any advice you might need to ensure you have a wonderful holiday - and keep coming back, year after year.