Dealing with Sea Sickness on a Cruise


If you or someone in your family is going to go on a cruise but they struggle with motion


sickness, also known as sea sickness, then you have one more thing you need to make


sure you prepare for before you head out on your cruise. If not properly prepared for the


occurrence of sea sickness your cruise can be a miserable experience.


Some individuals may not even know they are prone to sea sickness until it is too late,


they don’t normally get motion sickness in the car so they think they will be fine on


board a cruise ship.


What causes Sea Sickness? Seasickness is caused by the misinterpretation of signals


to your brain from the eye and the ear. The eyes are telling your brain one thing, while


you’re the balance system of your inner ear is telling your brain a different story.


If you are on board a cruise ship, if it is a large ship, what you see all around you seems


to be stable or fixed and not moving, but your inner ear senses the movement causing


you to feel dizzy which in return leads to the other symptoms of motion sickness.


For most people, symptoms of sea sickness include dizziness, nausea, sweating,


stomach cramps and even vomiting .  If you have a tendency to get motion sickness or


are worried that you might get sea sick while on your cruise there are some things you


can do to prevent it from happening ahead of time. Or if you have never had sea


sickness and start to feel it coming on there are some things you can do to minimize the






There are several medications both prescription and over the counter medications you


can get before you leave for your cruise. The most common prescription drug is


Transderm Scop, also known as a  scopolamine or Scop patch.  It is a patch that is


applied behind the ear at least eight hours before your cruise sets sail. It is effective for


up to three days. Keep in mind that Scop is a precautionary drug and is not a treatment


for sea sickness.  Check with your doctor of pharmacist for possible side effects.


Over the counter medications include  Dramamine, Benadryl,  and Bonine.  On some


ships if you experience seasickness you can visit the ship’s doctor and they will give


you some while other may charge a hefty fee.


Make sure you carefully follow all  instructions of these medications. Don’t take more


than the recommended dose. If it says to take it with food or water then make sure you


do so. Some of them require taking it during a specific time frame before your departure


so pay attention to this important detail.


Other Tips for Avoiding Sea Sickness


If you don’t want to spend most of your cruise knocked out by Benadryl and would


rather try a natural remedy, you might want to give Ginger a try.  Ginger is a well know


remedy and is the most common herbal remedy for seasickness. Sometimes Ginger Ale


can help if it has real Ginger in it. You can also get Ginger in capsule form and can be


found in health food stores.  Some people complain of an after taste and sometimes


heartburn can occur.


Wrist Band Remedies for Seasickness


Some people have luck wearing wrist bands.  Wrist bands provide a type of


acupressure for the relief of seasickness. There is a point about an inch and a half


above your wrist on the underside of the arm where the wrist band applies pressure.


Here are a few other tips that will help lessen the likely hood of getting sea sickness on


a cruise.


The newer cruise ships today are equipped with stabilizers that significantly reduce the


motion of the ships that cause sea sickness.  For those who easily succumb to motion


sickness more than others will be happy to know that it is much less likely you will get


sea sickness on a larger ship than a smaller one.  So the bigger the ship the better and


the less it will rock!


Choose a state room wisely.   When selecting a room on a cruise ship try to book a


room in the middle of the ship and the lower the level the better off you will be. This is


because the ship is most stable mid-ship and the lower you go. Having a stateroom on


the outside with a window will also give you a consistent view of the horizon.


Avoid playing games or reading a book if you suffer from sea sickness.


Try to get some fresh air, spend as much time as possible out on deck, the horizon can


help acclimate your surroundings keeping your equilibrium in balance.


Pick cruises that have fewer distances between ports such as an Eastern Caribbean


Cruise and avoid cruises that have “fun days at sea” such as a Western Caribbean




Even if you take these precautions no method or medication is 100% foolproof when it


comes to sea sickness.


Don’t let your cruise vacation be spoiled due to your fear of suffering from motion


sickness. Do all you can to subside the symptoms on your own. If that isn’t effective


then try various over the counter products. As a last resort as your doctor for a


prescription medication to help ensure you can get through the travel process so you


can enjoy your holidays. If you find certain types of transportation are more difficult for


you than others you should avoid them if possible.