Maybe you want to go on a cruise but you are worried about getting sea sick. Here are some tips to help ease your mind.
Before you leave home:
- Let your travel agent know that you are worried about getting sea sick. You should pick a stateroom in the center of the ship and on a lower deck. If its in your budget you might want to get a room with a balcony so you can see the outside and get fresh air.
- If you have never cruised before maybe you will want to try a shorter itinerary with less days at sea. Disney Cruise Line has a 3 day cruise on the new Disney Dream with no days at sea. Royal Caribbean also has lots of 3-4 day itineraries.
- Pick an itinerary that goes in more sheltered waters. A transatlantic would be rougher than a Caribbean cruise. The more sheltered the water is the calmer it will be.
- If you get motion sickness on airplanes or cars then you might want to talk to your doctor before you leave home and see what medicines they suggest. There are a few options, both over the counter and by prescription, and they would know whats best for you. Lots of people wear a patch behind their ear and find it works great. There are also wristbands you can buy but I don’t think they work.
Once on board: Here are a few things to help once you are on board and hit rough seas.
- Don’t let yourself get too hungry. You can order toast, crackers and ginger ale from room service or get them at the buffet on deck. (You will have to pay for the ginger ale)
- Check in with the ship doctor if you didn’t bring anything for the motion sickness. They will have options for you on board.
- Go to the center of the ship on a low deck, outside if you can. On the Explorer of the Seas that was deck 5. You can get something at the promenade or go outside and sit in a deck chair.
- Don’t try to read or watch tv if you are not feeling well. Listen to some relaxing music, close your eyes and just relax.
- If you are in your room then make sure the ac is up. You will feel better if you are cooler. Turn the ac up and then get in bed if you are cold.
We had a great time on our last cruise and didn’t have any problems. My kids slept great and were not bothered at all by the motion. They do well in the car too so I guess that’s a good indication. I would love to hear from other seasoned cruisers. What do you do if you get a little sea sick or to prevent it? Thanks for sharing.