Taking a cruise can be a vacation dream. However, if you suffer from seasickness or motion sickness, a cruise can quickly turn into a nightmare. There are some simple steps you can take to prevent seasickness on a cruise before you even begin to embark on your cruise adventure.
Carefully Choose Your Cabin Location
Where your cabin is located can make a large difference in the amount of movement you feel on the ship. If you choose a cabin located on a lower deck, toward the center of the ship, you will find that your seasickness symptoms on the cruise will be significantly less than if you were to stay in other locations onboard the ship.
Cabins that are located toward the front of the cruise ship experience substantially more motion. If midship staterooms are not available, choose a cabin that is located toward the aft or back of the ship. Also, if possible, choose a stateroom that has a balcony. This will allow you to open a door to let in the fresh ocean air and you can look at the horizon of the ocean to help find your equilibrium.
Be Prepared to Spend Time on Deck
One of the mistakes many people experience seasickness symptoms on a cruise is to stay in their enclosed cabins. Instead, step out on the deck and get a fresh breath of air. Also, looking at the horizon helps your inner ear to find a place in relation to your surroundings. This alone can help alleviate motion sickness symptoms.
Have a Plan for Paying Attention to What You are Eating
Your diet, while you are on your cruise, can make a big difference in how well you feel. Although it can be tempting to eat all of that terrific food at the buffet or at dinner service, you may find yourself regretting it later. Avoid foods that are especially spicy, high in fat or have a high salt content. Also, consuming large amounts of alcohol can contribute to feelings of seasickness.
To help with motion sickness, eat smaller, plain meals across the day and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Foods that can soothe your stomach include green apples, ginger – either in pill form or tea – and saltine crackers.
Be Ready to Stay Active
The more your body is in motion, the less you will experience motion sickness symptoms. Most cruise ships today have a multitude of fun activities for guests, including swimming, deck walking, yoga classes, pilates, and a gym.
If you are inclined to be less active, intersperse your sedentary activities with periodic walks around the deck. If you are reading, read short passages and then take a break by looking up at the horizon or getting up and stretching.
Choose an Itinerary with Frequent Ports
Multiple days at sea can contribute to seasickness symptoms. If you are on a cruise that stops at a port where you can get off the ship and do some exploring, you will probably find that your symptoms are less distressing. If you are especially sensitive and have very strong symptoms, you may want to avoid Transatlantic voyages or cruises that have two or more days at sea at a time.
Choose a Larger Ship
Older, smaller ships can be very difficult for people who have issues with motion sickness. Newer and more contemporary large cruise ships have stabilizers that control the roll and roll of the ship. Cabins that are closer to the center of the ship are also closer to the stabilizers and experience significantly lower levels of motion than other areas of the ship, even during inclement weather.
Have Methods to Avoid Anxiety and Thinking Yourself Sick
It is easy to become anxious about becoming seasick if you are a novice cruiser. Unfortunately, the more anxious you become about it, the more likely it is that you will actually become seasick. Instead, try distracting your mind and body by being active and staying above deck as much as possible.
Staying top deck is especially important in the early days of your cruise adventure. By looking at the horizon and being in the fresh ocean air, your eyes and body will be in sync with your surroundings, alleviating inner ear problems that contribute to motion sickness.
Prepare for Motion Sickness in Advance
Even if you have never experienced seasickness before, it never hurts to be prepared for the possibility of it happening on your cruise vacation. If inclement weather occurs, you will be ready for potential discomfort and can head it off immediately.
Pack items such as ginger tea, saltine crackers and dried apples to help soothe your stomach. Also, packing Motioneaze is a great way to prevent motion sickness symptoms. Motioneaze is a natural blend of oils that will relieve nausea and dizziness that come along with seasickness. Place a small drop of Motioneaze on the head behind each of your ears, either 10 minutes before the ship leaves the dock or as soon as you begin to feel ill.
Fear of motion sickness should never keep you from taking the vacation of your dreams. Even if you have never had seasickness before, Motioneaze can help alleviate symptoms if a sudden storm occurs during your trip. Motioneaze can also help with feelings of nausea or dizziness during car rides, hot air balloon trips, and parasailing. No matter your ultimate cruise destination, be proactive and prepared so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.