More than 20 million cruise around the world every year. And 60 percent of those people originate from North America. Cruising is a great way to travel and see the world and meet new people from all around the globe.
As a former crew member onboard a ship I have seen a lot of people who get seasick even on the first day of the cruise, and they end up having a not so enjoyable cruise staying in the cabin for the most of it. It sure can’t be pleasant to come onboard and expect sunny weather while cruising the Caribbean or some other tropical part of the world and the sea gets a little bit rough all of a sudden and you start feeling seasick. Some people have more aggressive symptoms like vomiting, headache, sweating, and nausea, dizziness, while others experience mild nausea and fatigue. Onboard you can purchase some forms of seasickness pill and bands who can be very helpful most of the time. But for some people it doesn’t have any effect and it makes it hard for them to enjoy the cruise. There are things you can do before going on a cruise in order to prepare in advance.
First you can start off with choosing the location and the season you will be cruising. This is one of the most important things you can do, you don’t want to book a cruise on the Caribbean in the hurricane season. But there is always the element of luck involved, however if you make the right choices you might end up having a marvelous cruise while sailing on smooth sea and sunbathing on the open deck and enjoying your cocktail!
Another thing that is critical when picking a cruise is the type and size of the vessel. I have worked on multiple ships before and there is a difference when sailing on a smaller ship with a flat bottom and a bigger ship with larger gross tonnage and stabilizers. Smaller vessels tend to get a little bit rocky even when the sea doesn’t seem to be that rough at all, and all that moving around makes some people seasick and some people are not even bother by it at all.
Try picking a cruise with less sea days and more ports. Have you ever done a cruise across the Atlantic where you are at sea for at least 6 days? It can get rough at times even on ships that are made for crossing. Instead book a cruise on the Caribbean with only a few sea days.
Pick a good cabin. The cabins that are located at mid ship and on the lower decks are usually less prone to rocking. If you pick a cabin at the very front of the ship and the weather gets a little rough you will probably feel the effects of it if you are prone to motion sickness.
Before you embark on the ship you can bring some medication with you like Dramamine (It can make you sleepy so pick a non-drowsy Dramamine). Every ship has a shop that usually sells travel sickness pills and motion sickness bands. Transderm Scop is a patch that is applied behind the ear at least 8 hours before exposure and its effects can last up to 3 days and comes as a highly recommended product if you are prone to motion sickness.
There are also few drug free remedies and tips when you are already on the ship and you start feeling seasick.
-Ginger extract. Get some ginger syrup or down a ginger ale. Ginger has been known to relieve motion sickness.
-Green apples. The pectin in the green apples neutralizes acid in the stomach which takes away the nausea.
-Stay hydrated. Hydration is very important because if you get dehydrated you will start to experience symptoms of seasickness or make them worse if you already have them. So drink plenty of water.
-Eat in moderation. Food on cruise ships is pretty damn good and it comes in abundances and choices. But try not to push yourself to eat more than you should.
-Acupuncture and pressure point therapy. These are ancient remedies which are known to be helpful in more than one way, but they are also very good for motion sickness as well. And you can probably get them onboard in the Spa Department.
-Step out on the open deck. Go out on the open deck and feel the sea breeze and enjoy the horizon. Don’t stay in the cabin if you feel its bobbing back and forth.
Everyone reacts different to the various remedies mentioned above. It depends on you if you want to give them a try next time you go cruising and see what works best for you.
Written by: Kristijan