To give you an insight into what to expect from this type of travel we asked some Travel Bloggers that have been there, done that to let us all in on their story and why they loved, or hated, travelling on a small ship cruise.
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Hi, my name is Claudia. One day I packed my life and started travelling… except I packed too much. Follow me as I fill my life with dreams, drop the weight and inspire you to live your dreams.
Rumor had it that the sailing trip from Panama to Colombia would be the best way to visit the Komarca de Kuna Yala, internationally known as the San Blas archipelago.
I looked at pictures my friends had taken: it looked like paradise and I was hooked. I wanted to sail. Forget about the “slight” chance of getting sea sick. I was sure that after a few hours on the boat I’d get used to it and everything would be fine. Besides, sea sickness is nothing that a few Dramamine pills won’t cure, right?
Well, apparently not. In fact, my sailing trip turned into a nightmare and after 24 hours of hell (forget the perfect pictures of white sandy deserted beaches and clear waters, forget paradise) I decided to disembark.
Looking back at that experience, I can say that sailing is a great way to travel for those who know they won’t get seasick. And even then, a few precautions should be taken when picking the right sailboat.
No matter what the company says, do look at the boat yourself. Pictures won’t do: you have to see it in person, to get a feel for what you’ll be living on for a few days. Demand clarity as to the number of passengers: a 12 meters sailboat has plenty of space for 4 persons, but it gets jammed when there’s 10 (like it happened to me).
A vague answer, when the captain states that he’s still waiting for confirmation on more people, won’t do. That means he’s keen to fill up the boat to the bream. You want to know the exact number of people the boat will take and you should base your decision on that.
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Do you have any stories to share with us on your small ship experiences? We would love to hear about them.