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It's a sad reality for many people but covid tests and masks have become a required traveling companion for most folks these days when we cruise. While governmental guidelines and cruise line requirements have changed to open everything up so we can go "back to normal", a search of any cruise "roll call" group will show that COVID is still widespread on cruise ships right now - and that will only increase this fall and winter. As such, we like to have the best test and be able to get fast, accurate results as well as a pathway to get appropriate treatments prescribed quickly. That's why we love this new Lucira Health rapid COVID test.
Read more: We Tried Lucira Health's PCR Quality "At Home" Check It COVID-19 Test
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Good shoes are one of the most important things to bring with you on any cruise. While people think first of jackets for Alaska cruises and swimsuits for warm weather voyages - a good solid pair of shoes for wearing around the ship is essential. While cruise lines do an excellent job of making sure that wet surfaces are dried quickly ... damp outdoor decks are subject to weather and the area around pools is notoriously slippery due to dripping wet swimwear. Ultimately though, the challenge is finding a great pair of shoes that is stable enough for these situations that is also comfortable enough to wear all day long and yet still be appropriate to wear to dinner.
Read more: These Huk Classic Brewster Shoes Will Help You Avoid Slipping On A Wet Cruise Ship Deck
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Percussion massagers are all the rage right now because of their ability to provide strong, deep tissue massages but most are too bulky to travel with. They are also too loud and frankly most are also too powerful for all but the most severe situations. That's where Sharper Image's Powerboost Move deep tissue travel percussion massager comes in ... and we dig it!
Read more: Powerboost Move Is The Perfect Cruise Companion For Sore Muscles
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Sunglasses and eye protection might seem like something more important on warm-water cruises in the Caribbean or Mexican Riviera but it is essential to protect your eyes on Alaska cruises too. Despite the fact that the weather may be cloudy and sometimes raining, having a great pair of glasses like these Wiley X Boss ones actually does more than simply "protect" you eyes - it actually makes seeing those important things like bears, whales, and eagles easier since they cut through the glare, keep your eyes warm, and can even help them focus faster and adjust to different light conditions since the shielding reduces penetration by cold dry air that can make vision blurry.
Read more: Wiley X Boss Sunglasses Kept My Eyes Protected On Our Alaskan Cruise
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Alaska stands alone among US states as a picturesque gateway to arctic glaciers, diverse wildlife and stunning national parks. Its heady mix of serene natural beauty and exciting adventure opportunities make it a bucket-list choice for many cruise-goers worldwide.
Read more: Dressing Tips to Stay Warm and Comfortable on an Alaska Cruise
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If you are looking for a fantastic shoe for your next cruise then the Florsheim Lakeside should be on your list. We tested it out on a recent voyage with Princess Cruises to the Mexican Riviera and found it was the perfect shoe to navigate Mexican streets and slick surfaces around the pool, while still looking good enough to wear to dinner at night. It is also easy to slip on and off so that means you can take it off easily when returning to your room as well.
Read more: Florsheim Lakeside Is A Perfect Shoe For Cruise Vacations