Fear #1: There Will Be No Food That I Will Like
Many modern cruise ships have endless options of food and dining. You will most likely find something that you will like to eat. Many cruise ships have salad bars, pizzerias, delis, and other buffet lines that serve different foods. Look around the buffet and try to find something that you think you will like. If you try very hard and can still not find anything you like on your cruise ship you could then consider buying snacks in one of your ports of call. However, most people can find many things that they like to eat while on their cruise vacation.
Fear #2: Cruise Ships Are Cramped Because They Are Packed With People
Many modern cruise ships are built to hold more cruise passengers, but they are also built much bigger. Many of today's large cruise ships have multiple large public areas for passengers to keep passengers spread apart. Most likely, not everyone on the ship will be using the public areas at once. Many times in the day there will be cruisers that are in their cabin. On port of call days there will probably be many cruise passengers off the ship. On sea days, there will be some people that sleep in and stay out late or get up early and go to bed early. More than likely, you won't have to worry about sharing the public spaces on the ship with everyone at once.
Fear #3: The Ship Will Catch On Fire or Have An Engine Problem
This fear has become more common in the past couple of years because of the media attention given to the Carnival Triumph, Carnival Splendor, and the Grandeur of the Seas fires. Think of all of the cruise ships that sail around the world daily and how often we hear of cruise ship fires. The percentage of cruise ships that catch on fire or have an engine room problem is very low.
Fear #4: I Will Get Sick Because Cruise Ships Are Not Clean
This fear has become more common after media attention given to cruise ships after some illness outbreaks. Everyone should keep in mind that illness is everywhere, including cruise ships. Cruise ships in the United States are held to the CDC's standards and are inspected each year. Cruise lines want to keep their ships clean and crew members are often sanitizing the ship. If you are on your cruise you can wash your hands frequently and avoid sick people if you want to decrease your chances of getting sick. However, you should keep in mind that illness can happen anywhere and it is not always avoidable.