Alex O'Brien

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5 things you MUST do to avoid seasickness on a cruise

5 things you MUST do to avoid seasickness on a cruise

Nothing ruins a cruise holiday like a bout of seasickness. Here are five things you must do to ensure you stay shipshape when you head out on the seas.

1. Choose the right cabin…

The middle of the ship is its natural balance point, so cabins far away from that point (right at the bow or the stern of the ship) are going to move the most. Book a cabin as close to midship as possible and on a lower deck, which will stay more stable. It’s also a good idea to book a cabin with a window or a balcony. It gives you a constant view of the ocean and the horizon, which can help maintain your equilibrium, and fresh air will do wonders.

2. …and the right cruise

If you have a history of motion sickness and suspect that you will get sick, try to avoid cruises with lots of days at sea. Itineraries with plenty of port days give you the chance to get off the ship frequently and you’re also less likely to be out in the middle of a rough, open ocean. You should choose a larger ship that will be more stable because of its size and also fitted out with stabilisers. Small ocean going ships are more likely to be tossed around in the waves.

3. Let yourself acclimatise

Sometimes, the only thing you can do is wait. If you’ve never been on a ship your body can react strangely, especially as the subtle motion can play havoc with your balance. Even if you don’t get motion sickness in cars or on trains, a ship can be a whole different story. Take it easy for the first day or so, spend as much time as you can outside on deck and try to eat lightly. Once you get your sea legs, you should feel much better.

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4. Try a natural remedy

Ginger works wonders for all kinds of motion sickness, so bring some ginger tea, ginger ale, ginger lollies or a supplement to settle your stomach. Acupressure can also help, particularly on the pressure point on the wrist. Sea-Bands are a motion sickness wrist band with a small bead that continuously exerts a gentle pressure onto the spot. Many cruisers swear by them.

5. Medicate yourself

If all else fails, it might be time to hit the hard stuff. Many cruise lines will have free sea sickness tablets available at the medical centre. If you want to come prepared, an over the counter medication like Travacalm can help with symptoms. Some people also use antihistamines, which can affect the areas of the brain that are responsible for nausea and vomiting.

Have you ever been seasick on a cruise? If so, what did you do to cope? Let us know in the comments below.

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