Seasickness is one of those things you really don’t want to experience on your cruise when you should be enjoying yourself. The big question often asked by newcomers is “Will I get seasick on a cruise”?
The good news is there are many things you can do to avoid it.
It is hard to understand what causes motion sickness in some people but not in others. It can be quite debilitating for the unlucky ones and some folks just don’t suffer from motion sickness at all and actually enjoy the roughest of seas whilst continuing their daily routine of eating and drinking.
Eventually, most people get their sea-legs and wonder what all the fuss was about. So there is no need to worry or suffer while getting acclimatized to sailing the seven seas when it is so easy to prevent seasickness.
So here are our 8 top tips to on how to avoid getting sick and help you get maximum enjoyment from your cruise.
1. Talk to your doctor
If you are in any way concerned about seasickness make an appointment to see your doctor. Discuss your concerns and ask him to recommend one of several over-the-counter motion sickness medications or prescribe a motion sickness patch (scopolamine), or similar. Also ask about natural remedies for seasickness like Ginger. On some cruise lines, they provide ginger candy as you leave the restaurant.
When on board your ship, if you are really sick you can ask the ships doctor for a shot which works wonders and sorts you out in no time at all.
2. Use Wristbands
If you don’t like the idea of medication, why not try motion sickness Wrist Bands, which are proven to alleviate motion sickness and allow you to enjoy traveling and cruising in particular.
One example of this is Sea-Band, a knitted elasticated wrist band, which operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud. Because the bands do not use drugs, they do not cause any of the side effects associated with anti-nausea drugs and can be worn on each wrist whenever you feel nauseous. They are suitable for adults and children.
Examples of Motion Sickness Wrist Bands can be found here: Sea-Band Nausea Relief Wrist Band: Drug Free Nausea Relief
3. Book a low midships cabin
Book a stateroom or suite that is on a low deck and in the middle of the ship (Midships). Try to avoid an inside stateroom, so one with an Oceanview or a balcony is good. It is interesting that many cruise lines have their most luxurious (and expensive) staterooms and suites on the highest decks which is not the place to be if you are prone to motion sickness, so be prepared.
4. Keep Eating
Do try to keep your stomach full despite the urge not to eat if you start to feel queasy. Eat simple foods, non greasy and non spicy and this will help prevent nausea. Don’t overeat, though. Ginger is good for calming seasickness and many ships will have this available when you leave the restaurant.
4. Double-check your stateroom location
Before you make the final payment fro your cruise, check the ship’s deck plan. Just because you paid for an inexpensive cabin doesn’t mean you are on a low deck as sometimes the cruises lines upgrade you if space is available. Also, don’t choose a stateroom at the front (bow) or back (stern) even if it is on a low deck. It doesn’t matter how low or high you are, these are the 2 areas on the ship that move the most particularly in high seas. It can get noisy in these locations as well!
5. Don’t Hide Away
Avoid staying locked up in your stateroom. Get out and walk the promenade or stretch out in a deck chair with a cup of tea or plain water. While it may be tempting to scale the rock-climbing wall, you may want to reconsider until your seasick “wave” passes. You may want to avoid any designated smoking areas on ships which allow smoking as this can only make you feel worse.
6. Go Outside
If you’re trying to get by without medication and start to feel a bit queasy, get out on deck and stare at the horizon. This age-old technique really does work. Despite any movement of the ship, staring out at the horizon and focusing on it does wonders to stop you feeling poorly. The other sure fire way to fix seasickness is to sit under an Apple Tree!!
7. Don’t Drink too much alcohol
While some people feel better after a drink or two because it may calm their nervousness about becoming sick, like anything to excess, it can have adverse reactions especially if you are taking any motion sickness medication.
8. Don’t leave it until it’s too late!
If you ignore the signs and seasickness sets in, it’s a challenge for even the best medication to relieve it quickly. If you are at all concerned, remember better be safe than sorry. Follow the instructions and take your medication before the ship sets sail. By the time you are out to sea, the chance of feeling seasick will be greatly reduced. You can prevent getting seasick.