For a seven-day Caribbean voyage, I make my cabin feel more like home with a five simple tricks.
It was my first cruise on the largest ship of its kind, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas.
Because I traveled alone, I put up pictures of my loved ones and brought along my favorite soap.
Since I would be traveling solo on my first cruise, I brought a sense of home onboard for the week-long trip.
I often get homesick when I travel alone, so I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks in my past journeys to make any place feel more like home.
This was especially relevant on my recent trip cruising on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. The reporting trip was my inaugural voyage aboard a major cruise, which just happens to be the largest cruise ship in the world.
During my seven-night voyage, the ship sailed to Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s own private island in the Bahamas. There were plenty of sites to keep me occupied, but I knew I’d want to return to a room with a touch of my New York apartment.
Any hotel or cruise ship room can feel sterile, so I made my cabin feel like home with a few goodies from my suitcase.
Once I boarded, I made my way to my cabin and found a quaint, clean space. It had everything I needed — a bed, a couch, a desk, two closets, and a bathroom — but it lacked personality. It didn’t feel like a place where anyone would live.
I started thinking about ways I could create a sense of familiarity on the ship. My cabin, I thought, would be my space to recharge, so I wanted to personalize it.
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Stick a magnet on your door. It’s not only festive, but makes the room easier to spot in a hallway of identical doors.
On a cruise ship, every cabin door looks the same. It makes finding your own overwhelming at times, especially if your cabin is far from the elevator. (Mine was.)
Luckily, I had packed a magnet from my fridge to put on my door. The magnet featured a photo of Lucy’s Fried Chicken, a go-to restaurant of mine in Austin, where I attended college. The magnet had an added perk: It differentiated my door from others.
Each time I wandered the hallway of identical blue doors, I was filled with a sense of relief and security when I spotted my fried chicken magnet.
Set up the closet like you do at home.
Whenever I travel, I find that the more I unpack and “move in,” the more comfortable I feel.
I typically organize my closet like I do at home, putting folded clothes in drawers, hanging my dresses, and lining my shoes on the racks.
Bring your own toiletries and familiar scents, even if the cruise ship supplies these amenities.
You commonly find soap and lotion in cruise cabins, but I’m a big fan of bringing my own. The scents remind me of home. Instead of using the provided body wash and bar of soap, I opted for those in my toiletries case.
I’m a sucker for lavender, vanilla, and coconut aromas. Lavender and vanilla have been my chosen scents for years, while coconut reminds me of my mom — she never fails to smell like one.
Put pictures of friends and family on the desk.
Anyone who has been to my apartment knows that I have pictures of the people in my life on the walls. My loved ones live all over the world, so I don’t see them often. Photos help me feel like they are with me.
On the cruise, I decorated my cabin vanity with photos from my planner. If I felt lonely, I’d look back on these memories and be reminded of good times. I slowly got over my homesickness.
Plan a nightly Facetime call before going to bed.
At home, I enjoy catching up with family members on FaceTime, telling them about my adventures of the day and hearing about theirs too. So every night on my cruise, I called my mother or my partner. Creating this daily ritual helped me feel more at home.
Going to sleep was still a challenge in this foreign place, but looking at pictures and smelling my hand lotion made it a little easier.
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