Seasickness on the cruise

Will I get seasick on my cruise?

Before I started cruising, one of my biggest fears about getting on the ship was being afraid of getting seasick. If you are reading this article, more than likely, you have the same fear.

The short answer to that question is that you probably won't have any issues during your cruise; in fact, most people don't. Modern cruise ships are massive vessels that are not easily rocked by small waves. Additionally, all cruise ships do their best to avoid severe weather since the cruise's primary goal is to bring an enjoyable vacation and make you enjoy it so much that you will want to come back over and over again.

If you are still not convinced that you won't get seasick, in this article, I will talk about ways to minimize the risk of seasickness and things to do if you get seasick.

 So what is seasickness, and what causes it?

Seasickness is basically a motion sickness. Your brain gets signals from your inner ears, eyes, joints, and muscles when that tells it that you are moving. However, when those signals don't match, your brain sends out an alarm by giving you motion sickness. For example, your brain knows that furniture, doors, and windows are supposed to be still from your previous experience.

However, since your inner ear and other parts of the body signal movement, the brain gets stressed out and sends an alarm (like nausea).

Can you go on the cruise if you get seasick?

If you do get seasick, various medications and natural treatments can prevent you from feeling seasick.  For those with a really severe form of getting motion sickness, there are prescription medications that you can take.

If you are unsure about seasickness, you can always try a two or three-day cruise to start your cruising adventure.  I tend to get very seasick on smaller boats; one time on the whale watching tour in San Francisco, I spent two out of three hours below deck feeling like I was going to vomit.  That experience made me afraid of cruising.  But after my first cruise, I realized that most of my fears were unfounded.  And after more than 70 nights at sea, I am confident that seasickness won't be a problem for most people.

Ways to avoid seasickness

Here are few ways to try and avoid getting seasick:

  • Get the right stateroom. If you are prone to seasickness, it's best to book a stateroom on the lower deck in the middle of the ship. Usually, the front and the back of the ship is where you would feel the most motion.  From personal experience, even on the largest cruise ship at the time of writing (Symphony of the seas), I didn't experience seasickness having my stateroom on the front part of the cruise ship on the 11th deck.
  • Get Fresh air. Fresh air and breeze can sometimes help your body adjust to the waves.
  • Don't read too much. Staring at an object closed to you for an extended period can set off motion sickness as the brain thinks the book you are holding is stationary.
  • Don't drink too many alcoholic beverages. For obvious reasons, those drinks can increase symptoms of motion sickness.
  • Use medicine or PSI bands. If you are not sure if you will get sick, make sure you bring over-the-counter medication or a PSI band to prevent or treat motion sickness. We are going to talk

Treatment and prevention of motion sickness

There are few practical ways to treat motion sickness.  In my experience, cruise lines sometimes give free motion sickness pills in the ship hospital. However, if you want to prepare, there few things that I do recommend:

-[eal asin=”B00SD9IE9O”]Dramamine Pills[/eal] are made from ginger.  They can prevent or treat symptoms of seasickness like nausea and vomiting without drowsiness.

– [eal asin=”B083HYNVGG”]Motion sickness wristbands[/eal] Wristbands

-[eal asin=”B00PG4NUOS”]Electrode Stimulation band[/eal] 


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