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

 

effects.

 

Medication

 

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

 

Cruise.

 

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.