How do u sleep at sea? ( I don't mean lying down, sitting up, or slumped over your food in the dining room) Do you find you go to be earlier or later than normal? Do you sleep better and longer? Do you get just enough sleep to recharge and go again?
This poll reminds me of a scene from the movie "You've Got Mail:"
Frank Navasky: Joe Fox?
Joe Fox: F-O-X.
Frank Navasky: The inventor of the superstore, of course. The enemy of the mid-list novel, the destroyer of 'City Books'. Tell me, how do you sleep at night?
Patricia Eden: I use a wonderful over the counter drug - 'Ultradorm'. Don't take the whole thing, just half, and you will wake up without even the tiniest hangover.
on board I tend to go to bed later than normal; there's so much to do! And unless I have an early shore excursion, I try to sleep in as long as I can. With an oceanview room that usually isn't very late (or at least not as late as I sleep on weekends at home) - maybe 8:30.
Like any new place, though, I always have a little bit of trouble sleeping the first couple of nights, but it's nothing a Tylenol PM won't fix.
And, of course, there's the occasional afternoon nap.
In general, though, I'd have to say I don't return from a cruise as well-rested as I would like.
Land Cruise, Britain and Belgium
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Now posting as MichelleP.
Are you supposed to sleep? Nobody told me that! I always thought that to get your money's worth you were supposed to go go go 24/7. No wonder I'm always so tired at the end of a cruise.
Actually , at home I am an early to bed person as we get up at 5am. On the cruise you figure late seating is over at 10:30 , then to the late show until 11:45, Add in a late drink,
some dancing etc we probably average about 1am to bed. Unfortunately, unlike Gram who can sleep, I usually still wake at 5am. I have the best collection of sunrise photos
and that first cup of coffee outside on deck is the best. I catch up on my sleep in the afternoon at poolside.
Bedtime is a little later than at home. As for the sleep, John and I both sleep 1000000 times better on the ship (or at a hotel) than we do at home. New bed on layaway. Pretty bad when the only good sleep you get is when you are not in your own bed. In fact, I sleep better on the sofa than in our bed.
Darn pillowtop mattress. I will never own one again. It has been a nightmare for such an expensive purchase.
I slept much better than home and later, due to the activities and the casino. You feel like you're being rocked to sleep and we wedged the door open on our veranda and let the wonderful sound of waves carry us off to dreamland....zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Costa Atlantica 3/2004
My one and only cruise (so far) was in December and I BARELY slept, I was usually in bed at 3am and was seldonm in the room! That's why I booked an inside cabin this time, I think I actually looked out of the window twice last time.
At home I'm usually in bed by 11:30 and up at 7, on the ship it is to bed at 3am and up at 7am, lol.
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Sovereign of the Seas - 12/22/02
Sovereign of the Seas - 04/27/03
Sovereign of the Seas - 09/04/03 *and* 09/07/03
Must be because there is so much to do but I sleep really well on the ship. Go to bed later and wake between 8 and 9 (that's not too late) but I haven't been able to wake up and see the sunrise, I'm too sound asleep *lol* and that means i'd have to have a wake-up call... but I'm vacation so, I don't like to be reminded I have to wake up *lol*.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: POLL- HOW DO U SLEEP ONBOARD?
At home I go to bed between 9:30 and 10:00 and the alarm goes off at 4:45 AM....so I do tend to sleep later on a cruise (after I get used to the pillows and mattress and rocking again, etc.) and I do go to bed later. On sea days I usually sleep in...if I have a shore excursion planned, I will get up as early as needed. After the first night I do tend to sleep as well as I do at home, but I do enjoy the gentle rocking on the ship.
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
I sleep very well on the ship when I make it to the bed. I like to stay up late and Mrs. Thomas likes to get up early. Once I was coming into the room when she was leaving for breakfast and I commented we were "two shifts passing in the night." <grin>
I go on a cruise once or twice a year just so I can get some sleep. The ship always rocks me to sleep. I have insomnia at home, so I tell my husband that it's theraputic that I go on a cruise at least once a year so I can get some sleep. I never have any trouble sleeping on a ship like I do at home. Happy Cruising.
I tend to be a bit of a night-owl at home but not on the ship. I think I sleep better as there are no concerns about the everyday stuff, what I have to do tomorrow etc. The motion, if any, actually helps get to sleep, as does the sea-air.
We sleep so much better on the cruise then at home. But that probably has something to due with the fact we are running around all day snorkeling and in the sun and are exhausted when we hit the bed. Hubbie loves those inside cabins so when you turn off the lights it is pitch black any time of the day for his at sea day naps.
Jose and I keep VERY different schedules here at home. I'm up early for work and to bed long before he gets home at night. On a cruise we keep HIS schedule, getting up late and staying up VERY late, for me anyway! So, of course, I sleep very well, because I'm exhausted by the time I hit the sack! !
I read in the above answer by susancruzs, my future roomie on the Carnival Glory, that she is a light sleeper. Uh oh! Do you think I should tell her now that I snore, or keep that for a surprise once we're onboard? !
I, too, love the sound of the ocean and the gentle rocking of the ship while I am sleeping. It's the best!
I have found I sleep like a baby on a cruise. After all the gentle rocking motion puts me right out. Not to mention I am always up later than normal and walked like a kazillion stairs! lol I do sleep in later than I would at home and I have noticed I slip in little cat naps during the day as well.
go to bed later than at home, get up go out on the balcony and watch the ship come into port. Sleep in a bit later on sea days. Sleep very soundly thank-you it must be the gentle motion and the soft sounds of the ship cutting through the water.
OK - I'm the oddball again. ! In the past, I've always slept like a baby onboard and I'm also a very light sleeper. But on our Brilliance cruise, something happened to me. I still can't quite figure it out. I had my first bout of claustrophobia. Eeeeeck!!! At precisely 4:02 AM after leaving Key West, I woke up in a panic! It was soooooo dark and although the air quaility in the cabin was very good - you couldn't feel any air movement. I felt like I was in a coffin! What's a girl to do? Pulled on a pair of shorts, t-shirt, gave Art a quick kiss and told him I was going for a walk. Heck - I didn't even grab a pair of shoes. Then I walked, and walked and walked. I was the only non-staff person up until Kelly from Colorado joined me at 6. Nice man - we solved the problems of the world standing there at the Lido Deck rails. ! Will this stop me from cruising? Not a chance, but I'm going to have that balcony from now on.