In another episode of 60-Second Cruise Tips, Gary Bembridge, author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook“, “Essential Cruise Tips” and “River Cruising Essential Tips and Tricks” shares another cruise tip. This time it is:
Seasickness is unpleasant and cruise lines do everything they can to reduce the probability of you suffering from it. Steps they take include scheduling and sailing itineraries that minimise the chance of encountering rough seas, using ships equipped with stabilisers to help keep the ship steady in rough seas and swells and taking advantage of modern radar systems to avoid poor weather.
If you are concerned or prone to seasickness there are a number of steps you can take such as traveling in a cabin in the middle of the ship and low down as movement is least here and take over-the-counter motion sickness pills like dimenhydrinate (marketed as Dramamine, Gravol, etc.) in North America and cinnarazine (marketed as Stugeron or Stunarone) in Europe. You must buy them before you go. They may make you drowsy for a few hours, but resolve the problem.
If you do not want to use medication here are some other tips:
- Try the pressure pads behind the ears or wrist bands. Both are available at drugstores and pharmacies.
- Eat ginger.
- Look at the horizon and get fresh air.
- Go on a river cruise as you will not suffer from motion sickness.
- If none of the above work, visit the medical centre as they will offer an injection which will make you sleep usually but will solve the problem fast.
Do not let the fear of sickness put you off a cruise!