It’s always fun to stay up late drinking with friends on a cruise holiday. You might only head to the bar for a quiet one, but find yourself on the dance floor at 3 in the morning, throwing some seriously funky shapes.

As much fun as it may be to let loose during an evening on-board, there’s always the dreaded hangover the next morning, which can quickly keep you from your ship’s daytime fun. With this in mind, here are my top 10 hangover cures for getting past that headache when you’ve had a couple too many the night before:

#1 Get some fresh air on the deck. Just take a stroll and breathe in that famed sea air. You’ll feel refreshed in no time.

#2 Distract yourself with a shore excursion. Throw yourself into a tour or an activity – especially something quite active – and you’ll barely even notice that you’re feeling under the weather.

#3 On the subject of being active, hit the gym and sweat it out. A good workout, either on the machines or as part of an organised class, can really help you feel re-energised.

#4 Eat a hearty breakfast – you’ll feel much better once you have a full stomach. A selection of fruits will be great for replacing fluids and getting essential vitamins.

#5 Fluid replacement is essential. Water is great but if you need to perk yourself up then order a coffee from room service.

#6 Chew some ginger and some of your symptoms will dissipate. Ginger also works as a seasickness cure, if you’re prone to suffering.

#7 Have a nap, either in your stateroom or on deck on a lounger. Just make sure you properly protect yourself from the sun.

#8 Linked to exercise, take a dip in the swimming pool. You’ll get the benefits of the activity, and the water on your body will help you feel refreshed.

#9 Spoil yourself with a massage or another spa treatment – by relaxing you’ll soon recover.

#10 Hair of the dog – simply have another cocktail.

Of course we advocate sensible drinking here, but if you ever find yourself in need of a hangover cure, at least now you have these handy tips.

Emma Smith
Emma has more than seven years' experience as a writer and has been in the travel industry for nearly five years. She loves learning about new places and cruise ships coming to market, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities to do while you sail. She has cruised with Princess Cruises, Cunard, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Avalon Waterways and Royal Caribbean and is looking to get something in her diary for 2024! Her favourite things to see on a ship include excellent entertainment, a delicious cocktail menu and extraordinary dining venues.

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