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razorbackgirl June 6th, 2011 03:46 AM

I'm overweight and worried
 
I am a 23 year old female, and I am morbidly obese and scared to death that I am going to feel extremely uncomfortable on my first cruise (Carnival Magic 3/18/12). I want to have a good time with my friends and family that are cruising as well, and I know people are going to judge, but I was just wondering how bad it has been for others in the past??

Does anyone have any stories or suggestions on what I can to do maybe ease my mind or make myself more comfortable on the ship (besides losing weight, working on that, have medical problems).

Any and all stories/suggestions would be great.
Thanks for reading :)
Happy cruising!

Manuel June 6th, 2011 09:44 AM

I want to assure you that you will be better on a cruise than any other vacation.
You will see other people who are overweight and alsomany people with mobility problems.
From what I have seen the crew is quite helpful to people with special needs.
. I hope that you will keep on cruising and losing weight as time goes on.

Keep posting here and we will give some encouragement.

TM

johnthed0g June 6th, 2011 10:54 AM

I agree that a cruise is a good choice, you will meet people they will form whatever opinion they have of you (& you them!) & that's it, more or less the same people all the time so you don't have to keep meeting new folks & going through it again.

anniegb June 6th, 2011 11:00 AM

Hi

You will be fine - honestly dinae fret as we Scots say.

I am on the 'larger' size and have never had any issue with either crew or fellow passengers.

Where are you cruising and what is making you feel anxious - maybe we can allay your fears?

Annie

Lakers Fan June 6th, 2011 11:05 AM

A cruise will be wonderful for you .You might also want to try TM or any form of meditation ,relax and have wonderful thoughts .

kaneals June 6th, 2011 03:02 PM

Just relax and enjoy it. Most people on a cruise are there just to have fun and although there might be a few idiots, no one will care. My wife is overweight and never had any issues. I was on a cruise a few years back that had the Big Beautiful Women's club on board (didn't know before hand). No one said anything, just took it in stride. Everyone had a good time.

Trip June 6th, 2011 06:31 PM

I swear, I think 99.99% of people, when they board, have much more tolerance of anyone, and anything, in the relaxed atmosphere of the ship.

I was on the Magic last month, and I don't remember seeing any booths in the dining room, which I know my hubby avoids most times. That would be something to check with ta about. You will love the ship!!

I know, it's hard to say not to worry, but, I think you will be happy with the laid back feeling of the ship & the cruisers..If we can help you with anything just ask..lots of Cruisemates, willing to share:)

Moiraine June 6th, 2011 09:20 PM

My other half is over weight and he enjoyed his cruise. I've also cruised with an overweight cousin. She enjoyed her cruise. You will not be the only one on the ship to be overweight. I really don't think it will be an issue. I do wish you luck in getting your medical issues under control and I hope that you will enjoy your cruise.

garyf July 7th, 2011 11:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by razorbackgirl (Post 1374723)
I am a 23 year old female, and I am morbidly obese and scared to death that I am going to feel extremely uncomfortable on my first cruise (Carnival Magic 3/18/12). I want to have a good time with my friends and family that are cruising as well, and I know people are going to judge, but I was just wondering how bad it has been for others in the past??

Does anyone have any stories or suggestions on what I can to do maybe ease my mind or make myself more comfortable on the ship (besides losing weight, working on that, have medical problems).

Any and all stories/suggestions would be great.
Thanks for reading :)
Happy cruising!

I'm feeling the same way as you, I'm going on my first cruise with my family, (Carnival Pride 10/14/12) I'm working on trying to losing weight.

Any suggestions from anyone who's been on the Pride?

Parrot Mom July 9th, 2011 05:33 PM

Overweight on a cruise
 
OKAY, as one overweight woman to another...GET OVER IT!!!! Buy clothes that make you feel comfortable and in your mind attractive, and fit well,even a bathing suit..yes, a bathing suit. You will always find women much more overweight than you are in skimpy bathing suits or extremely tight clothes. You don't have to wear sacks or mummus!!! Many years ago I wore shorts for the first time in Aruba figuring nobody would know me..WRONG...I heard my name being called and no place to hide.. I do have a pair or two of shorts, but mainly capris and overblouses that I think are attractive.. Hold your head up high, wear clothes that fit, not are oversized and do your thing. There are many stores selling plus size clothes...GO FOR IT.. I have very funky jewelry that dress up my outfits, unusual handbags (parrot patterns), a big hat (have had skin cancer) and if other cruisers or people stare...THAT IS THERE PROBLEM..try a bit of self confidence...

johnthed0g July 9th, 2011 05:57 PM

I agree you definately feel better & look better in clothes the right size. Most of the reasons men in particular don't feel comfortable in formal gear is because it's the wrong size.

mbsdragon September 30th, 2011 05:41 PM

OK, are you planning to invite everyone that cruises with you back to your home for an afternoon? Trust me, you'll never see any of these people ever again so why worry about what they think. I'm "fluffy" - medical issues and I just cruise to have fun. You should, too - have fun!!!

katlady October 5th, 2011 01:51 PM

I will admit I'm fat. Yup I said it.;) No problems on a cruise. I finally found a "bath suit" I feel comfortable in. It's long swim shorts and a tankini. I found it on a website called Junonia. Just check under two piece seperates. I know you didn't ask about this. However, I felt much more comfortable once I found the right clothes for my size. Swim suit was the hardest because they are really made for the thinner ladies. I wanted to be able to use the pool and feel comfortable. Here is an example of what I got. My shorts are not as tight fitting as this picture.
http://www.junonia.com/images/deptIm..._promoImg1.jpg

Manuel October 13th, 2011 09:13 PM

My DW is plus size and she allways has a great time on our cruises. We will be doing our 16th cruise on Oasis of The Seas this coming april.:D

TM

snorklr45 January 15th, 2012 06:08 PM

I was on the Carnival Triumph recently and really there are so many large folks on board, no one will be looking at you personally. If they do, like on other poster said, when will you EVER SEE them again?? Never. They don't matter. Just enjoy yourself. The cabins and bathrooms on board were extremely spacious, the tables at the main dining room would seat just about anyone - very few booths. The only issue I saw were the bathrooms outside the main dining room...There was a very very large woman who had to goo very badly and the stalls were just so so small!! She could not get in there without leaving the door open. Poor thing. I stood in front of the door opening for her so she could have some semblance of privacy. Beware the bathrooms just outside the main dining room on the Triumph. I am overweight (but not huge) and I had trouble squeezing in these stalls.

johnthed0g January 15th, 2012 06:56 PM

I wonder what happened to the OP never came back or did I miss her?

micharr4 February 9th, 2012 12:28 AM

Wow. I'm morbidly obese, too. I'm feeling the same anxiety. I'm not worried except for the whole bathing suit thing. Majority of my weight is butt and legs. Really noticable in a bathing suit. I love being in water, though,

Moiraine February 9th, 2012 11:24 AM

I really would not worry too much about it. My other half refused to buy a suit or even shorts and was miserable the entire trip because he was so hot, especially on our shore excursions. Everybody else was in suits, including those that were obese. I'd go and have a good time. There will be plenty of other people in your situation. People are there to have a good time not to comment on somebody else.

Moiraine February 9th, 2012 11:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1380737)
I agree you definately feel better & look better in clothes the right size. Most of the reasons men in particular don't feel comfortable in formal gear is because it's the wrong size.


She's not sailed yet John. I hope we hear about her experience.

Lakers Fan February 9th, 2012 11:59 AM

100% correct
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Moiraine (Post 1414375)
I really would not worry too much about it. My other half refused to buy a suit or even shorts and was miserable the entire trip because he was so hot, especially on our shore excursions. Everybody else was in suits, including those that were obese. I'd go and have a good time. There will be plenty of other people in your situation. People are there to have a good time not to comment on somebody else.


Nobody pays attention to anyone else and the odds are you will never see any of these people again .

OldFartCruiser February 10th, 2012 11:06 AM

Enjoy
 
There you are ~20 posts telling you to enjoy yourself, wear a bathing suit & shorts if you want or don't if you don't want (2nd cruise you will). You are probably thinking it would be great if these posters were on your cruise. Eventhough they will not be there, they are all seasoned cruisers and on your cruise there will be many other seasoned cruisers they all think the same. So you will have these people on your cruise, just different names. ENJOY.

We will be looking forward to you posting after the cruise telling us the great time you had.

O F 'er

ponygirlseven February 29th, 2012 05:06 AM

Hi! We are in the same exact situation. Only I am older than you. I am leaving on my first cruise one week before you on the Magic! I am really nervous about everything including excursions! Maybe we will both find some answers on this site!

ruthlessboss March 12th, 2012 09:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1410004)
I wonder what happened to the OP never came back or did I miss her?

I looked. 1 time post. Maybe this thread will help others though.

alderinordell March 12th, 2012 09:39 AM

If you scared for over weight you hve to do Yoga on daily basis. It will beneficial to you to reduce your weight.

Cruznut2 July 14th, 2012 09:11 PM

Hi, I am a plus size lady. For far too long I used to stay away from doing anything fun because I thought people would not like what they see. Well, I rethought that. I am not going to miss out on the fun things in life just because someone might not like what they see. They don't like what they see then they can look elsewhere. I no longer let it bother me. I cruise to have fun and I do just that. So relax and go have the time of your life.

Laura

BigMac July 15th, 2012 11:58 AM

Let me let you in on a little secret.
Confidence is sexy. Once you are OK with you, nobody else matters and it will show on the outside. Confidence is better than makeup, although MUCH harder to apply. Once applied it can never be removed. Think of it as a permanent make over.

Trust me, you will not be the only plus size person on your cruise. Set your fears aside and think about how much fun your going to have and the exciting places you are going to see.

now I feel dumb... this cruise was months ago.. I hope she had a good time.

KellyKayden July 15th, 2012 08:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigMac (Post 1438506)
Let me let you in on a little secret.
Confidence is sexy. Once you are OK with you, nobody else matters and it will show on the outside. Confidence is better than makeup, although MUCH harder to apply. Once applied it can never be removed. Think of it as a permanent make over.

Trust me, you will not be the only plus size person on your cruise. Set your fears aside and think about how much fun your going to have and the exciting places you are going to see.

now I feel dumb... this cruise was months ago.. I hope she had a good time.

Don't feel dumb, i'll post too!

I myself am a big girl, as is my travel buddy. We went shopping together before the cruise, i basically let the people at the store dress me. Bought lots of cute tops, capris, skirts, dresses, and took all my fun jewelry. Put on the confidence and had an amazing time!

Oh, and by the way, my saying is "i may be plus size, but its because its hard to fit this much 'awesome' in a tiny body ;-)"

Manuel July 15th, 2012 10:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KellyKayden (Post 1438649)
Oh, and by the way, my saying is "i may be plus size, but its because its hard to fit this much 'awesome' in a tiny body ;-)"

I like your outlook on life. You have the right attitude.

Beides there is more of you to hug.:D


TM

KellyKayden July 16th, 2012 11:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Manuel (Post 1438668)
I like your outlook on life. You have the right attitude.

Beides there is more of you to hug.:D


TM

Ha! Yep! very true....

I will say I have been eating right and excercising....I have a training regiment that is kicking my a$$! I know I'll never be a size 2, but I'm ok with it! Just doing it to be healthier :)

teddymouse December 29th, 2012 08:54 AM

hi
like others have said, your,e as on holiday, put on a happy face and say hello to all you met, and that is all others will notice about you. i wear a swimsuit with the little skirt, and a smile, it works for me, l love swimming,


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