After weeks or months of exciting build-up and a blissful holiday at sea, the return home can be a bit of a let-down. Particularly during the winter months when it's cold and wet, the comedown from a cruising getaway can be harsh.
If you have experienced cruise withdrawals and come out the other side, perhaps you can add to our tips. These are some tried and tested methods of cheering yourself (and your family) up after a cruise when real life rears its ugly head again.
1 . Plan ahead
Have a few fun activities lined up for your return. These don't need to be expensive or elaborate, but will give you a few things to look forward to and stop you and anyone else in your family from slipping into a funk!
Some ideas for your post-cruise pick-me-up: A weekend trip out of town, a hike somewhere pretty, a family excursion to a favourite place like the zoo or a theme park, or even just having a few books that you have been looking forward to reading ready to go when you arrive home. In wintertime, you could embrace the dreary weather, pre-order some favourite movies for your return and enjoy a day by the fire or the heater, with pyjamas on and comfort food ready. Perfect for all ages!
2 . Clean before you go
While it's tempting to let the house go to pot before you depart on your cruise in the busy lead-up to departure, the sight of a messy environment when you get home can just exacerbate the post-cruise blues. It's a much better idea to get everything organised while you're happily looking forward to the sailaway, so you can enjoy a clean house when you get back.
It's also a good idea to take any opportunity to do laundry while cruising, so you don't have a huge pile of clothes to wash when you arrive home. Many ships will have laundry facilities, and it's not a big deal to do a load! If you do have bags of dirty clothes when you get home, get it done and squared away as soon as possible, so you aren't wading in it for weeks.
3 . Find a cruise community
Whether you're a first-time cruiser or a seasoned pro, it can be great to find some people who feel the same way you do about cruising. Chatting to like minded cruise lovers can keep that holiday spirit alive, and help you to ease back into everyday life. Sometimes the people who are part of your everyday life just don't understand!
You can easily find cruise forums around the web - just google it and pick the one which best suits your habits. If Facebook is more your style, check out and "like" the Cruise Sale Finder facebook page for cruise news and discussion!
4 . Move somewhere tropical
This one's drastic, and only recommended as a course of action for those severely stricken with cruise withdrawals after every ocean voyage. If coming home is too hard, make your home a little more holiday-like. In Australia, this could mean shifting north to the upper reaches of Queensland, or even setting your sights overseas to start a life on one of the South Pacific islands beloved by so many cruisers.
Of course, the number one way to conquer cruise withdrawals is to retire or semi-retire and take up cruising on a more permanent basis if life and finances allow it. We recently interviewed Rob Mitchell who has done just that - you can hear about his experience, tips and stories in our three-part series: one, two and three.
5 . Start dreaming of the next one
Call it a "head in the sand" attitude if you like, but you can nullify the effects of the return to reality just a little by beginning your plans for the next cruise. We're not saying you should make rash decisions while still on that holiday buzz, but it doesn't hurt to start gathering options and eventually booking something else to look forward to.
Cruise Sale Finder can certainly help you to do that without breaking the bank. We've got whatever specific antidote you might be looking for - say, a last-minute cruise from Brisbane, a P&O cruise from Sydney or a fantastic Carnival cruise deal. Find your next getaway and banish those blues!