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About Getting Sea Sick on a Cruise

Updated on May 10, 2014

Don't Let Fear of Seasickness Ruin Your Cruise

Have you ever decided against taking a cruise vacation because you're afraid of falling seasick? Seasickness is nothing more than motion sickness at sea. Yes, it can be bad. It's far worse for some people than others. And some people don't seem to suffer from it at all.

There are things you can and should do if you are subject to nausea and other symptoms when you travel. So, please don't let fear of contracting "mal de mer" prevent you from enjoying a fabulous cruise vacation!

Perhaps "seasickness" seems worse than "motion sickness" because you can stop the car and get out for a break, but you can't stop a ship and get off in the middle of the ocean. In addition, you may feel a lot more motion at sea than you would a car. So, it would seem to follow that being sick at sea must be a lot worse than being carsick.

Yes, it's true that But don't let that thought stop you.

Consider these things: Large cruise ships are much more stable than you might imagine. There are precautions you can take ahead of time, and 'just in case' remedies you can take with you. You can even select a cabin location where potential rocking and rolling will be less pronounced.

Seasickness Symptoms - What Are They?

Here are some typical symptoms of seasickness. The most common ones are dizziness and nausea. You might get some symptoms but not others. Normally, you won't experience all of these symptoms at once.

  • Vertigo (dizziness)
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • General Discomfort
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Ginger People Gin-Gins Candy - Helps Some People with Motion Sickness

The Ginger People Ginger Chews, Spicy Apple, 3-Ounce Bag
The Ginger People Ginger Chews, Spicy Apple, 3-Ounce Bag

I usually pack a bag of Gin Gins in my carry on, and a couple more in my checked baggage. They've come in handy on more than one occasion for fellow cruisers who didn't think to bring anything along. The nice thing is that these are a 'natural' remedy (ginger has been used forever by seamen) and they don't make you drowsy, like some things do!

 

The Motion of the Ocean - How much is there, really?

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Sometimes there's only a little. . . Sometimes there's a LOT.

Modern cruise ships are remarkablhy stable in normal seas. (See Stabilizers, below) But that doesn't mean you won't ever feel like you are at sea. So how much will you feel the motion of the ocean?

There is no one answer. It depends, in part, on where you are sailing, and weather conditions that you might encounter.

The Caribbean typically has calmer sea conditions than the Eastern Pacific or the North Atlantic. And the waters around the horn of South America are treacherous more often than not.

I've been on cruises that were smooth sailing start to finish. I've also been on cruises on which the seas were rough some or much of the time.

Have you ever experienced motion sickness?

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Common Remedies

Just in case

Even if you are not normally subject to motion sickness, bear in mind that, on a cruise ship, you MAY encounter a lot more motion than you are accustomed to handling. (And you may not!)

If you'd like to have all your bases covered, just in case, here is a list of travel sickness precautions and remedies that are readily available. These suggestions are based on what is used by my cruising friends. Bear in mind that what works well for one person may be less effective for another. Bring one or more of them with you. Not all will be available on board the ship.

1 - Dramamine and Bonine are available over the counter. Many cruisers prefer Bonine, as it is less likely to induce drowsiness. Follow the directions on the box.

2 - Wristbands that employ acupressure to alleviate nausea associated with sea sickness are made by Psi, SeaBand,Travel Eze, and BioBand. I don't know how these work, but my friends who use them wouldn't cruise without them. They seem to like both Psi and SeaBand real well.

3 - Ginger capsules are used by one of my frequent fellow cruisers, and she swears by them. She begins taking them a couple of days before boarding.

4 - Ginger candy from The Ginger People is what I take along in case someone needs it.

5 - Queasey-Pops are widely used by cruisers, kids, and expectant moms. Very affordable, but not too many in a package... you'll want several packs for a week long cruise, just to be sure.

All of these are are available on Amazon, and you'll find links below. (There are more expensive "systems" available, but the folks I know have been perfectly satisfied with the more affordable products I'm showing here.) Some come in both adult and child versions.

Things to Use - for Preventing Motion Sickness

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Bonine Chewable Tablets for Motion Sickness 50100187 16 pk

Bonine is preferred by many cruisers, who say it's doesn't make them drowsey at all.

 
Ginger Gum Anti-Nausea,24 pieces 1.35 gr each
Ginger Gum Anti-Nausea,24 pieces 1.35 gr each

I haven't tried the gum, but I do know that ginger, in one form or another, works for a whole lot of people.

 
Psi Bands Acupressure Wrist Bands for the Relief of Nausea - Cherry Blossom
Psi Bands Acupressure Wrist Bands for the Relief of Nausea - Cherry Blossom

For the fashion minded, these are available in pain black, a selection of colors

 

Stabilizers

Help Keep the Cruise Ship from Rolling

Most of today's cruise ships are equipped with Stabilizers that reduce the effect of "roll" from waves and wind. Roll is the term for the side to side rocking motion of a ship.

Stabilizers do not mitigate pitch or yaw. (Pitch is when the ship dives up and down, front to back, and yaw is when the bow, or front swings 'off course' to the left and right.)

They are like fins or paddles that extend out from the side of the ship, and change their angle with sea conditions to cancel out some of the effect of roll.

Photo: Ship Stabilizer by Templar52

So, the good news is that today's passengers are less likely to have motion sickness than previous generations of ocean travelers.

However, if you are still worried, simply avoid cruising during hurricane season, as stabilizers are no match for the wind, waves, and swells a tropical system can generate.

When Kids are Subject to Travel Nausea - Try One of These

My granddaughter often experienced travel sickness when she was younger, and she took children's formula Dramamine. Later on, she discovered Queasy Pops, and changed to them. Both seemed to work for her.

Not all people react the same to all of these, so you may have to simply find the one that works best for your child.

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What I Used Once

But Only Once.

I don't use anything. Perhaps it's just that after some 35+ cruises, I've "got my sea legs." I sure hope it stays that way, as I do love to be at sea!

Once, I took Dramamine. Knowing that Hurricane Jeanne was fast approaching our port of departure, and that we would be sailing through unusually rough seas, it seemed like a wise precaution. I don't remember the first 24 hours of that cruise, because I couldn't stay awake! I can't tell you if the Dramamine was effective in preventing anything except alertness. And yes, it was the "Less drowsy formula."

Now, I usually take along several packages of Gin Gins. I've never needed them, though we've been in some fairly rough seas now and then. But I it was nice to have some on hand to give to a few shipmates who were feeling a bit queasy.

Lately, I've been reading about a product called Motion-Eaze, which sounds impressive. (Click HERE to check it out.)

What I read is that: 1) it is all natural; 2) a drop behind the ear does the trick; 3) it works even after symptoms are already present. (Many other products must be used beforehand.)

I have no personal experience with this product, but would love to hear from anyone who has. Did it work for you? Was it effective even after you already felt sick?

Favorite Seasickness Prevention or Remedy - (a poll)

What is Your Favorite Seasickness Preventative or Remedy?

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High Seas Stir Up a Ship's Swimming Pool - And Create Quite a Display

Here's a brief video showing the effect of moderately high seas on the water in a ship's swimming pool. I imagine that a few passengers might have been feeling some effect, as well. A lot of people have commented that they wouldn't have wanted to be on this ship. But, is sure is fun to watch from the stability of dry land.

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Are You Susceptible

to Travel Sickness?

Seasickness and motion sickness are the same thing, so if you normally are affected by plane travel or get car sick, there's a good chance you may be subject to seasickness, as well.

If you are prone to motion sickness in general, discuss the matter with your physician. He or she will help you determine what might be the best seasick medication for you on an extended sea voyage.

"The Patch," or Scopolamine requires a prescription, and does have possible side effects. Make sure you are aware of them if you chose this precaution.


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One thing that some people say will help to stabilize your equilbrium is to fix your eyes on the horizon.

For more suggestions, read on.

Suggestions Regarding Mal de Mer - or Getting Sick from the Motion of the Ocean

GENERAL SUGGESTIONS

Here are some things to take into consideration when planning a cruise if you are concerned about the possibility of succumbing to mal de mer.

  1. Try cruising on a newer, larger ship.
  2. Bear in mind that cabins nearer amidships, and on lower decks, will "move less" than those on either end or on upper decks.
  3. Hurricane Season is June 1 - November 30, but PEAK activiey is usually August - October. Avoid the Caribbean during this time.
  4. Bring your motion sickness remedy of choice with you rather than waiting to obtain something on the ship. See below for some suggestions if you don't already have a preference.
  5. If you begin to feel affected, try keeping your eye on the horizon, or get where you can feel fresh air in your face, or lie flat on your back.
  6. Though it may seem like the last thing you want to do, try to eat something. Try apple wedges and saltine crackers.

Do you have a favorite motion sickness remedy to share? Or a story about sailing in rough seas? Or maybe, you'd just like to leave a friendly "Hi there."

Ahoy, there! - Tell a motion sickness story, recommend a remedy, or just say "Hello."

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      kkitty44 3 years ago

      I have a few friends who struggle with motion sickness. they came on a cruise with me last month, and no issues. they couldn't believe how stable new cruise ships are

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      meggingmad 3 years ago

      Hello!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have always had a problem with motion sickness and it does make me scared to take a cruise :(

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      MissMalaprop 4 years ago

      The first time I ever went on a cruise, from New Orleans to Mexico, was with my dad and sister. My dad has been on TONS of cruises, and he readily admitted that the one we went on together had choppier waters than normal. I was sea-sick the entire time, and I also didn't expect it to be COLD on the ship either! It's way overly-air-conditioned on there, especially in summer, so I had to buy a sweatshirt in one of the cruise ship shops. The second cruise I went on, with my boyfriend and some friends, I was much more prepared for. I stayed on Dramamine the entire time and brought a sweater. I was fine!

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      I have sufferred from sea sickness once, luckily not always :)

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      Terry Lomax 4 years ago from Rep. of Ireland

      Luckily for me I have never suffered from sea sickness. In 11 years in the Royal Navy, 4 of those years on 2 aircraft carriers, I never had any problem, even through some very serious storms. I did have a couple of friends who just had to go through it and get used to it, I really felt for them, for anyone suffering from sea sickness, it's no joke. If I could help, I would say stick to the centre of the ship on a lower deck, and don't starve yourself, have a snack of something. One of the best things to do is distraction, try to get up onto the outside decks, you'll enjoy the fresh air, and look around, there are things you might see at sea that you would never see on land. For example flying fish (depending on where you are) Porpoises, Jellyfish (really big ones) other ships (take binoculars), other lands. Bon Voyage.

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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Great Lens and excellent coverage of the various aids available...I wish I had read this about 6 hours ago, since I just recreated a very similar list fro my new Rocket Squid Lens that I'm writing on our first cruise. So maybe instead of doing that part I'll just give your link. The one thing I wanted to comment on here was on something I discovered right before we went on our 1st cruise in 2002. OK I know that was a pretty long time ago, but were are going on another one in a few weeks and that's why it's fresh in my mind. So what I wanted to tell you about is this device I just got called the Reletex Anti-Nausea Neuromodulating Device. It's expensive, roughly $200, but I had an earlier model on our other cruises and it was amazing (and less expensive back then too!) I'm going to write more about that and give a link to where I found it after an exhaustive search online, so if your interested come visit my lens tomorrow...that' assuming I actually get it done in time! Thanks so much for all the hard work you put into this great lens!

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      Brian Stephens 4 years ago from France

      I think sea sickness is more likely on small boats than big ships, I have never had a problem with it personally. But I guess there could always be a first time :-) Interesting lens.

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      jengogreen 4 years ago

      Thank you for the great motion sickness tips. I haven't tried eating something like saltines but that seems like it might help.

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      oooMARSooo LM 4 years ago

      @Lady Lorelei: Oh yeah, isn't that the truth of it: if you have a sincere love of the water, swimming, feeling the crazy awesome sensation of the mix of hot sun rays and cool water against your skin, then of COURSE sea sickness is part of the mix too. I think it's just a Murphey's Law kind of thing, but I also think it may be that the Universe has a little bit of a sadistic sense of humor. Maybe.

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      oooMARSooo LM 4 years ago

      @HardyGirl: hahaha! I can totally relate to that feeling. You know, I thought building this Lens would somehow help my seasickness, but the truth is that coming back to read about it or to work on my site at www.whatisseasickness.com is kind of making me experience a "memory" effect. Isn't that weird? ANYway... thank you so much for visiting my Lens. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      It is funny but I absolutely adore the water yet I cannot get onto a boat. I guess I truly am part mermaid, I was meant to be in the sea, rather than on top of it. Best of wishes my friend.

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      butternyk 4 years ago

      i carry homeopathic medicine along

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      HardyGirl 4 years ago

      My favorite remedy is to get the #$%& off the boat! Ha! Nice lens.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I've used ginger candy for motion sickness in the car. It really helps a lot!

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      oooMARSooo LM 5 years ago

      Oh, man do I ever get sea sick. It's so bad that I actually even started a blog about it. LOL Is that normal? I am not sure. I would love to invite you to check it out, and if you like it maybe even include it here on your lens: http://www.whatisseasickness.com

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @makemoneyonline5: Glad to be of help. Enjoy your cruise!

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      makemoneyonline5 5 years ago

      Perfect timing this lens, bookmarked as going on a cruise next year. On my bucket list is a cruise out of Norway to see the Northern Lights :)

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Informative and interesting.

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      I love to cruise, and have learned to take the Dramamine starting on day one. When we took a cruise during my first trimester of pregnancy, I wore the wrist bands... they worked too.. but not as well. Of course, since I was pregnant, it was hard to tell where the nausea came from.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great info! My dad has never been on a cruise because he is afraid of wasting the trip by being sick the whole time. I'll have to share your info with him!

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Very informative. I feel worse in a car on the back seat than on the boat. But I will keep in mind your suggestions. Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love sailing, but unfortunately also have a very bad motion sickness. Luckilly I found very good medicine which i usually take a few hours before sailing and it really helps. Keeping my eye on the horizon, usually helps too, but not always. Thank you for your suggestions, I think that they will come handy next time when I go sailing.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @senditondown: What a shame!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I am used to on board for years and so far I don't encounter any kind of motion sickness. There was only once when I play the roller coaster,

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      Senditondown 5 years ago from US

      Bought a boat and never used it. I discovered I got sea sick when I went out on my father-in-laws boat, so mine sat.

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      Motion sickness is makes me MISERABLE. I think the best way to remedy sea sickness is by applying the patches under your ears the night before you go to sea.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      I don't have motion sickeness but some of my family does. Great suggestions!

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

      I never take anything, since I don't have sea sickness. But if I do get one, the tips from this lens will help me a lot. Nice presentation!

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I took less drowsy Dramamine before going on a glass bottomed boat in Florida. Got so sick! I spent my time up on deck instead of down below seeing the coral reefs. Rats. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      nealberk 5 years ago

      Almost all the ship information desks have bonine available free for the asking. I get seasick easily (but it does not stop me from cruising!) and by taking bonine before the cruise starts I am good until mid cruise when my sea legs take over. It is interesting that the same stuff is available in the ship store for $$. I have also used the sea bands (they seem to work) and drink lots of ginger ale ((it also seems to work). Not really a fan of ginger but I had candied ginger on my first cruise and it too seemed to work!

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information! My mom gets sea sick so easily!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Hi! I am sea sick, I better don't tell you some stories,,, I take dramamine and I am ok! This is a great lens for me with a lot of useful resources

      thanks so much!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Its terrible to suffer from motion sickness. Takes the fun out of sea travels. Your tips will surely help.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      revisit to this wonderful and informative lens for some reference. thanks. ~blessed~

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I used to suffer a lot from motion sickness, but have gotten better the last few years, luckily... Thank you for sharing

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      EmergencyPrepar 5 years ago

      I haven't been on a cruise because I'm afraid of getting sea sick but I MAY take your suggestion one of these days and try a NEWER ship. I have used wristbands and they do help a litlte. My mom takes dramamine before flying or drivnig long distance and she swears by it but I'd like to stay awak too lol :) I saw one that said non-drowsy. so not sure how that would do. Thanks for great lens.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      I'm pretty fortunate, was in Navy for many years and never really got sea sick, even when the ship tossed and turned, as well as the small submarine I used to serve on, these days you hardly ever feel ships moving they are so big :)

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I say Dramamine. I had a friend who went out deep sea fishing with me and he swore that he wouldn't get sick. I took dramamine and he was hanging over the edge most of the trip! ha! Squid Angel blessed.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      The whole week I didn't get sea sick. A few hours before I sang in front of 1500 people the boat starting rocking and I got a little sea sick. I was wearing a band so that may have helped.

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Car and boat sickness, been there.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I don't get motion sickness, but my kids do. Wrist bands seem to really help them.

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      My remedy is to get up so that I can see the the water and the horizon. After a while the seasickness eases up. Doesn't work for everyone though.

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      LAJ2468 5 years ago

      my moms really bad with sea sickness so il mention these remedies to her:D I also have a lens on travel sickness - 'travel sickness' be sure to take a look at it:)

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      rt8ca 5 years ago

      I do suffer from motion sickness. Going to give the wristband a try next holiday. Worth a try! You may enjoy my article on Motion Sickness as well. Thanks again!

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      peachplanet 5 years ago

      I love to travel, but have never been on a cruise for this very reason. I'm really bad, sometimes I get sick just driving. Dramamine works, but don't expect me to carry a conversation with you :(

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      I don't get sea sick but I don't like my feet to leave the ground either. Flying or sailing just scares the heck out of me. I like my feet firmly planted on the ground. I'm not a very good traveling companion ;)

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      hi never had motion sickness glad to say enjoyed the lens though thank you

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      Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

      I've been on the ocean in samll boats a couple of times and became hopelessly seasick. I've been on one cruise and did OK feeling a bit queasy from time to time but never sick.

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      MorningShine 5 years ago

      My experience has been that the nicer the cruise line (read: more expensive) the better the stabilizers, and then the lower the incidence of motion sickness. The wristbands were both the best preventive and cure for my moton sickness.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      My daughter is prone to seasickness. She would get seasick on our Sailboat sailing in Barnegat Bay, NJ. and in cars. But never on a cruise ship. But I always come prepared with the wristbands, ginger candy, and Dramamine. Luckily we never have to use it. Great lens and very informative.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Coreena Jolene: Different things work better for different people, but the ginger seems to help a lot of folks, and you aren't taking medicine!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @pawpaw911: Just remember that the larger, newer cruise ships tend to be unbelievable stable... choose the Caribbean. but not in hurricane season for your best bet for very calm seas.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      I get motion sickness, I have since I was small in my parents car. I use Bonine, sometimes it makes me just as drowsy as Dramamine and sometimes it doesn't. My husband drives a crazy fast dune buggy in the desert and I have to take this to not get sick in it! I am thinking of trying the ginger. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Sea sickness can be a serious thing, especially for rookies. I went fishing with my dad, uncle and brother once (just a day trip), and I was the only one that didn't lose my lunch. It took a lot of will power, and not looking up helped also.

      My wlfe has been bugging me about a cruise, so I think I will go at some point.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @paperfacets: Congratulations! I wish I were going, too.... a canal cruise is one of those on my to do list!

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      We are going on a 14 day Panama cruise April 10th. I'm trying the ginger candy. Thanks for the info. I will check out your other cruise articles too.

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      Fantastic Voyages 5 years ago from Texas

      I've been on two ocean cruises, and was sea sick both times. Bonine helped a lot! I'm not prone to car or air sickness, so I was surprised that the sea bothered me. I much prefer river cruises for this reason

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for your useful tips. now i am ready for a cruise. ~blessed~

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @FalconFan LM: Thanks - I hope she finds something useful here.

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      FalconFan LM 5 years ago

      Love this lens! One of my friends was recently discussing her sea-sickness cruise concerns. I'll have to point her in this direction!

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      This is exactly why I have never gone on a cruise! But you have some great tips here...maybe I will now! :)

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      Seasickness is one reason I do not go on cruises. A lot of my friends love cruises and do not ever get motion sickness. But I enjoy reading your cruise lenses which are great stabilizers. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping back to add a little angel dust to settle those queasy tummies, man that's a hard word to figure out, kept getting those red dots and almost got nauseated myself!

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I've never had much problem with sea-sickness, but have heard that ginger is really good.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I can't imagine how it must feel to have sea sickness on a cruise. I've never been on a cruise, but did do a catamaran vacation for a week and felt fine. I now worry, I guess, about cruise mishaps like the recent one on the news.

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      thesuccess2 5 years ago

      Modern ships are MUCH better, Car Ferries have stabilizers etc. As a boy I remember being on a car ferry which was awash with sick it was like a scene from hell.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have never experienced any motion sickness along your beautiful cruise lenses! Neither during the rare outings at sea! Thanks for another great cruise!

      Password below: experience! I guess it speaks a lot! :)

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      Holysheepskin LM 5 years ago

      I have tried the wristbands but didn't find much relief. I was still nursing my baby on the cruise that I experienced sea sickness on, so couldn't take anything. I would love to try again because the ship and the staff were amazing!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I have been on 4 cruises and never gotten seasick.

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      OK ... Good lens but still no coupons for FREE beer. You are right about picking a cabin ... the lower you go and the more in the middle - less movement you will feel. We've been at sea around 150 days and only had 1 bad evening ... in the Craibbean of all places. Crossed the Atlantic twice - no problems.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I have had motion sickness before on a boat, but never on a cruise ship.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      G-R-E-A-T lens. I recently sailed around point conception with a friend and he got horribly seasick. I, thankfully, have never been motion sick but they say it happens to everyone eventually so this lens helped me choose which remedy I will keep on board.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @LiteraryMind: Thanks for passing on that tip!

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      Ellen Gregory 6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great suggestions. Good idea for a lens. Got queasy on the high speed ferry to Martha's Vineyard and....you aren't allowed outside and.....there is only 1 restroom (unisex). One of the ferry attendants told me that people who work on ships, rely on bananas. He said the potassium ends sea sickness. When we reached shore, I bought 2 and they did seem to help. I have never had the opportunity to try them at sea.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      We just went through 26 foot seas on our Bermuda cruise Oct 2011. 95 year old mom was the only one in our party of 7 who did NOT get sick. Ugh!

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      My honeymoon aboard a ship brought me undone.. I had spent most of my life on boats in the ocean when parents and friends took me out fishing and big game fishing. We would be out there somethimes for the whole day. Aside from swaying when we got home there was little other effect. So I never thought that within hours of boarding this ship that I would feel queezy enough to lie down and wish I was somewhere else. Never had the vomiting or headache though. The thing is when we landed after 3 days on board it took me a couple of days to get over it. Wondering if it might have been a reaction to all I did before the wedding and the excitement etc. Nice lens and interesting subject

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Thanksgiving. Many thanks for all your support and kind words, which are always very much appreciated.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I suffered horrible sea sickness almost every year as a child taking a ferry boat to Manitoulin Isle (Canada). Looking out into the horizon somehow helped me with proprioception (a sense of where my body is in relation to the earth, in this case). Still I used gravol, peppermint and fresh air seemed to help. Thanks for all the other suggestions!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I guess sometimes one wishes to see the sight of land, I know what it means by sea sickness.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Never get sick on a ship, but I do on planes

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      seedplanter 6 years ago

      I am one of a few people on the planet who has never been on a cruise. Even so, this topic was interesting, because I remember visiting an historic ship that was open to the public. It sat at a dock, gently rocking in shallow water. As I descended into the lower section, I felt this nausea overtake me and my head was spinning. Caught me off guard! What a wimp I am. So interesting to learn that ginger candy is a good antidote for sea sickness!

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      The Psi bands really work for my motion sickness.... and avoiding cruises all together. I'm definitely a dry land person in rough weather. I try to avoid flying on small planes as well.

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      3 years ago I went to a trip to London. We took a ferry and I felt sick during the ride. Next time I'll take the plane! :)

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      AlleyCatLane 6 years ago

      Great, informative lens. Just went on my first cruise, and since I am prone to vertigo, got the scopolomine patches. They worked great. Started wearing them the day before boarding. No side effects, No drowsiness. No sea sickness. I swear by them now. Dramamine knocks me out - even the non-drowsy formula.

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      traveller27 6 years ago

      Well done!

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      Rankography 6 years ago

      very helpful lens. thanks for sharing

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      EMangl 6 years ago

      Luckily i don't know how it feels, never happened to me :-)

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Excellent topic. The patch works best for me on a cruise ship, but I adjust pretty quickly to the motion. On smaller, bouncier shuttle boats I just have to stay out on deck and keep an eye on the shore.

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      ziggysun1 6 years ago

      I can get seasick if the seas are rough. Normally a little bit of alcohol helps me, nothing strong just an amaretto & cola.

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      TravelingRae 6 years ago

      The only time I've ever had a feeling of sea sickness come over me was during a rough passage through the North Sea separating the Orkney Islands from mainland Scotland. Lesson learned: do not sample three whiskies on an empty stomach before getting on a boat in rough water. Luckily, I maintained my dignity. :) Your lens has great information, thumbs up.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I took a cruise once that went right through a Nor'easter storm. I was okay but had to stay in the middle of the ship where I didn't feel any up and down swaying from the pitch or yaw as you described it. I didn't know those names for it until I read your lens. Very informative lens. Thanks.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I had never thought about people prone to motion sickness from a car being more susceptible to sea sickness. Thanks.

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      iRenew 6 years ago

      I don't know how the sea band bracelet works for sea sickness, but I can vouch for it with morning sickness.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 6 years ago from Ozun

      thank you for the tips, i only had 200 km on the sea and very happy to survive it, now i am almost ready to try it again.

      great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      I often have car sickness. It helps to eat and drink properly and a pause or two can save the day.

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      i was sea sick in a yacht in abu dhabi and i missed the fun because i was constantly tilting my head left and right to regain the balance of my ears. i don't know anymore if this worked. that was so many years ago. can you try it if it works?

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      Iâve successfully used humor in order to forget how sick I was feeling on a certain adventure in the sea. My humor helped many others forget their fear and nausea too.

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      ccorrig 6 years ago

      I should let my girlfriend read this lens. She'd afraid to go on a cruise because she gets car sick. Great lens!

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      avgsuperheroine 6 years ago

      my husband was worried he'd get sea sick, but didn't have any problems at all. Great lens!