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Tsimoneaux22 January 13th, 2014 10:57 AM

Help. Lizards!
 
I have long been considering a cruise, however I am terrified of lizards and have heard horror stories of coming in contact with lizards and whatnot on the beaches or excursions when on a cruise. Let me be clear, I cannot "get over it" I know they can't harm me, that they will be scared of me too. I know that. Do not waste your time. Fear is involuntary, i can't control my irrational fear. I have passed out, and even vomited when seeing an iguana. I wish i wasn't like this. Can anyone PLEASE tell me of a cruise they have been on and if they stopped at any beaches where they did not see ANY lizards. I know that in the jungle areas they are more abundant but I am ok with staying right on the beach if I am safest there. Thank you and God bless whoever answers this for me.

storybookcruises.com January 13th, 2014 12:17 PM

Unfortunately, if you plan to go to warm areas and beaches, there's always the possibility that you may see very small lizards. They do tend to stay away from people, but if you look hard enough, you're liable to see them even in the rural areas.

I don't go looking for them, so I can honestly say that on many of our cruises we never see any.

Of course, you don't have to get off the ship in ports where lizards are more prevalent. Absolutely nothing bad about staying onboard, relaxing, reading a good book, or going to the spa while everyone else is off the ship. We do that every now and then, especially in ports where we've been many times or if they don't particularly offer us something we like to see or do.

If you really want to try a cruise, perhaps doing a Canada/New England cruise or possibly an Alaskan cruise might be something you'd like to do. Or maybe a river cruise in Europe if you want to do some traveling.

Hope you find something that will meet your needs and provide a wonderful experience.

Pete

RichC January 14th, 2014 11:41 AM

I'm not sure if this answer will be of much help but I've never had a lizard chase after me & I do enjoy feeding them especially at Crown Bay in St Thomas. They love the soft rolls from the buffet.
Be warned that they do bite if given the chance as I found out on the last cruise a few weeks ago. I was crouched down feeding one from my right hand when another saw the opportunity to grab the remaining roll from my left hand and grabbed my finger as well. Of course if I hadn't been feeding them they would never have even approached me. :wink:
Just don't feed them & you've got nothing to worry about. LOL

Paul Motter January 14th, 2014 01:04 PM

Unfortunately, she said even the sight of them makes her afraid. I am the same way about large spiders. Lizards? I live in AZ and I could sleep with one in the room (although I probably wouldn't).

I have never seen a lizard attack a human, or even allow a human to get close enough to touch it - they are very nervous and scared creatures themselves.

But as far as ports of call. I recommend Alaska, the Baltic Sea, Norway, England, a European river cruise....

I have never seen a lizard on any of those.

Travelbuggs January 14th, 2014 05:21 PM

You might want to check out Hawaii. I don't think they have any large lizards there like the iguanas you find in Mexico and some of the carribbean islands. Maybe some tiny ones that you wouldn't be likely to come into contact with on a typical beach or excursion. Stay away from rocky areas which makes a good habitat.

storybookcruises.com January 14th, 2014 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Travelbuggs (Post 1493077)
You might want to check out Hawaii. I don't think they have any large lizards there like the iguanas you find in Mexico and some of the carribbean islands. Maybe some tiny ones that you wouldn't be likely to come into contact with on a typical beach or excursion. Stay away from rocky areas which makes a good habitat.

Yep, lizards in Hawaii, especially geckos.

Pete

Mike M January 14th, 2014 07:03 PM

I would take Paul's advice and stay away from anywhere tropical. There is always a chance of seeing some sort of a lizard. In Hawaii Geckos are everywhere and considered good luck by the locals. They are only a couple of inches long but they are a lizard.

Take care,
Mike

Trip January 14th, 2014 08:16 PM

I too would suggest a more urban cruise, away from the tropical climes. No sense worrying that you may see some ....easier to just avoid those itineraries.

rollerdonna January 15th, 2014 08:03 AM

Do not, I repeat, do not go on a cruise that stops in Crowne Bay, St. Thomas! The huge rocks surrounding the pier there are full of huge lizards, fascinating to me, but terrifying for you!
I might suggest a cruise (especially in the fall) to Canada/New England ports. I've never seen a lizard in Halifax!


donna

RichC January 15th, 2014 08:12 AM

Lizards are the least of most peoples worries in the Caribbean. :wink:


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Donna January 15th, 2014 03:23 PM

I've only seen lizards by beaches, in Grand Cayman and Cozumel...They are more scared of you, they won't follow you or jump on you....Just avoid the beaches, etc...??

Tsimoneaux22 January 15th, 2014 03:39 PM

Thanks, everyone. I have to say this def wasnt the answers I wanted but at least they are truthful. We live in New Orleans, and we wanted to take a cruise this year to avoid flying anywhere on vacation. That only leaves Caribbean cruises as an option. I know my family still wants to go so it looks like I will just not get off the boat at the ports of call. My husband is kind of bummed about us not getting off the boat but he said he'd rather that than the embarrassment of one of my panic attacks that I sometimes take hours to recover from. Seeing a very small lizard from a distance is manageable, but seeing an iguana or large one even from a great distance would not be possible for me without falling to the ground screaming.
We're considering some therapy for the issue but I doubt I would be cured by June.
Thanks again!!

Paul Motter January 15th, 2014 03:59 PM

We are sorry, too. But even Florida is over-run with Iguanas. I had a house there and had several in my back yard.

I do understand phobias, unfortunately the critters just seem to like every temperate climate.

Even Bermuda has some lizards - but not the big ones.

I think you should go to Alaska.

Manuel January 15th, 2014 05:43 PM

If you go to the Caribbean and stay way from beaches you probably won't see any lizards.
I never saw any in the shopping areas of St. Thomas or Grand Cayman for example.


TM

Travelbuggs January 15th, 2014 06:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Tsimoneaux22 (Post 1493138)
Thanks, everyone. I have to say this def wasnt the answers I wanted but at least they are truthful. We live in New Orleans, and we wanted to take a cruise this year to avoid flying anywhere on vacation. That only leaves Caribbean cruises as an option. I know my family still wants to go so it looks like I will just not get off the boat at the ports of call. My husband is kind of bummed about us not getting off the boat but he said he'd rather that than the embarrassment of one of my panic attacks that I sometimes take hours to recover from. Seeing a very small lizard from a distance is manageable, but seeing an iguana or large one even from a great distance would not be possible for me without falling to the ground screaming.
We're considering some therapy for the issue but I doubt I would be cured by June.
Thanks again!!

You might be surprised how quickly therapy can work if you get the right kind. I wanted to suggest you look into this, but I did not want to offend you. I am glad you are considering it. It seems a shame to allow this to control your life. However do you manage to avoid lizards in NOLA?

Ask your MD about this and try to find a clinic or dr who specializes in this type of therapy. There is a name for it, but my mind is a blank. I have seen examples of this being done for people with fears of flying, snakes and you name it. It is surprising how fast it works in the examples I have seen. Good Luck!

Manuel January 15th, 2014 09:10 PM

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Originally Posted by rollerdonna (Post 1493112)
I might suggest a cruise (especially in the fall) to Canada/New England ports. I've never seen a lizard in Halifax!

donna


I lived in New England for over fifty years and I never saw a lizard. So I agree with Donna that a Canada/New England cruise will be lizard free.






TM


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