Do you ever feel as if it takes the first couple days of your cruise just to decompress and get into vacation mode? That’s wasting precious time! Aside from the obvious – unplugging from social media and electronics as well as getting plenty of rest – here are five tips to help you relax on your cruise.

Breakfast in Your Cabin

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How many of us start our day in a rush? Grabbing a coffee and hurrying out the door without a moment to breathe? This vacation, why not ease into your morning by enjoying breakfast in your cabin? Stay in your fluffy bathrobe and slippers, order complimentary room service and enjoy your breakfast watching the waves from your balcony. During this time, refrain from reaching for your phone. Just be still and enjoy the picturesque scenery and a few minutes of quiet time.

Make Healthy Food Choices

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We’re not saying skip the soufflé, after all this is a vacation. Just simply make smart choices. Instead of the entire piece of cheesecake, have a few bites to satisfy your sweet tooth. Opt for salads, fish, and plenty of fruits and veggies. Cruises have come along way with dining options. Princess Cruise delivers ‘designed for fresh’ dishes while Oceania cruises have partnered with Bon Appetit magazine to create onboard cooking classes. Eating healthy on your journey will boost your immune system, give you the energy to enjoy exciting excursions, and leave you feeling rejuvenated.

Book a Private Tour in Port

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By booking a private tour while in port, you have more flexible and fewer crowds. If you want a relaxed pace, time to linger at a café, or hit the highlights according to your interests, a private tour caters to your needs.

Take a Down Day

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Put aside FOMO and stay behind on one of the port days. With fewer crowds onboard, there’s no need to get up at the crack of dawn to grab a poolside cabana. Spend the day recharging and resting. Consider spa treatments for the ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation. If you’re lucky enough to stay in an Aqua Class cabin on Celebrity Solstice-class ships, you don’t need to go further than your cabin to enjoy an extension of the spa. Aqua Class cabins come equipped with spa bath products, in-room aromatherapy room, and healthy room service dining options. Don’t want to miss out on a day in port? Spend half the day off the ship and come back early enough to have some downtime.

Move

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Exercise releases endorphins that improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and boosts confidence, all of which…help you relax. When life gets busy at home, it’s challenging to make exercise a priority, but on a cruise, the day is yours. It’s a great time to try a new class, get outside and walk the deck with the glistening sea in the backdrop, or even take a dance class. Aside from state-of-the-art fitness centers, many cruises are now offering wellness programs, lectures, and even personal training.

If you mentally start to prepare for your cruise in advance and follow these five tips, we guarantee you will be sailing into tranquility in no time!