Let's Talk Seasickness
Even the most expert cruisers have experienced seasickness. Depending on the season, such as during hurricane season in the Atlantic, you may expect the waves to be rougher. But in reality, the weather and ocean swells can kick up any time of year.
If you are susceptible to seasickness, take that into consideration when booking your cabin. Even an expensive suite isn't always located in the calmest part of the ship. Look for a cabin located in the center of the ship. Then look up and down. The middle decks are your best bet if the seas get rough. It also helps if you have an outside cabin with a window or better yet, a verandah. Ironically, adults typically experience seasickness the most and kids are the least affected.
So what do you do to prevent seasickness?
Assume the worst and prepare ahead of time! I always bring Bonine (adult and child's strengths), a few types of natural ginger candy, and Sea-Bands.
Confession...yes, I wear SeaBands. They are stretchy bands with an acupressure plastic bead that sits right on the inside of each wrist. They don't contain any kind of medicine so they won't interact with anything you may already be taking (or drinking!) Plus, they really work. I wear them from the moment I get up to when I go to sleep. My family laughs at my SeaBand "jewelry" on Formal Night. But I don't get seasick, so I'm not changing a thing.
Once you are onboard, if you start to feel a bit queasy, here are some easy tricks to remember:
If you already know that you are prone to seasickness, there are several medicines that your doctor can prescribe for you ahead of time. Or if you do experience unpleasant side-effects while on your cruise, don't hesitate to visit the doctor on board as well.
Admittedly, seasickness can be debilitating. But keep in mind, the captain of the ship is doing their best to get you back into calmer waters. Once the waves are less rocky, it's usually only a matter of an hour or two before you will be back to enjoying your cruise!
Do you have any secret remedies or tricks that you use for seasickness? Let's hear!
Alyson (My Virtual Vacations)
10/14/2017 08:07:12 pm
Hi Linda, Glad you found them helpful. I’ll definitely have to check out an electronic seasickness band before my next cruise. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks for your tip!
2/2/2021 02:12:56 pm
It was really helpful when you mentioned that having a light meal before you go sailing can help prevent you from getting seasick. In a couple of months, my wife and I are planning on going on a whale cruise during our vacation that we are going on to celebrate our anniversary. I get seasickness from time to time when I am out on the water, so I will have to make sure that I eat a light meal before we go.
Alyson (My Virtual Vacations)
3/14/2021 07:20:08 pm
Thanks for reading and happy to know you enjoyed these tips. Your plans sound like great fun. In the past, it’s always helped me to plan ahead, and getting some food in your stomach has definitely helped. Plus, bring a green apple along for the ride! Have a great time!!
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