Preventing Motion Sickness on CruisesSeptember 16, 2015
You chose the perfect cruise. On the day of departure, you board the beautiful ship, find your room, go through the muster drill, and excitedly watch from the deck as the ship pulls out of the port. Everything is going to plan and you feel wonderful.
That is, until you don’t feel wonderful anymore. You start feeling awful, actually. You realize that you’re seasick.
What do you do now? And how can you prevent this from happening in the future? Here are 5 tips on how to prevent and treat motion sickness on cruises, so that you can enjoy this unique and fun travel experience to the fullest.
1. Choose a Cruise with Calmer Waters
If you know you are prone to seasickness, you should probably factor that in when choosing a destination. Some routes require trips through rougher waters. The Caribbean (except during hurricane season), Alaska’s Inside Passage, and the Gulf of Mexico tend to have calmer waters. You might want to avoid trips on the open ocean, or choose cruises that spend minimal time there. The North Atlantic, the trip from Seattle to Alaska, the Pacific crossing to Hawaii, and Antarctica are known for being rough. There are many resources online that can advise you on the best routes at the best times of year.
2. Choose the Right Cabin
First, consider the size of the ship. Large ships offer a smoother ride than smaller ships, and large, modern ships also use stabilizers when necessary. When it comes to selecting a cabin, try to get one in the middle of the ship (between the front and back of the ship), on a lower level, with a view window. Having a window enables you to see the horizon line, which can help you feel more balanced. Rooms with balconies can also be good for those who feel the need for fresh air, but they are often located higher up on the ship where you feel more motion (and they’re more expensive).
3. All Hands on Deck
Spend as much time as possible out on the deck of the ship. Watch the horizon line, or focus on something stationary in the distance so you can maintain your equilibrium. The fresh air may feel good too!
4. Ginger and Green Apples Are Your Friends
Many people swear by ginger as a way to ease the symptoms of seasickness. Studies have shown that ginger alleviates nausea without making you drowsy. Ginger comes in multiple forms: capsules, powder, tea, candy, syrup, ginger ale (made with real ginger), and everyone’s favorite—cookies.
Some also believe green apples help reduce nausea, and many ships have green apples and crackers available to guests.
5. Stay Hydrated and Watch What You Eat
Dehydration can both bring on and exacerbate symptoms of seasickness. Make sure to stay hydrated and if you plan to drink alcohol, you should probably do so in moderation.
Cruises are known for their plethora of delicious and readily-available food. While you may want to eat everything you see, if you’re prone to seasickness, you might want to ease off on the third helping and not be too adventurous in your food selection. Of course, eating from the smorgasbord of deliciousness is half the fun of a cruise.
We hope you enjoy your floating get-away. As an added measure of comfort, remember your Motioneaze bottle. Motioneaze is all-natural (no synthetic medication or side effects) and can be used either preventatively or even after symptoms have started. You’ll be feeling better in just minutes and you can enjoy the sunbathing, the view and even a little on-board karaoke!
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