Shannen Findlay


Here is where you MUST go to beat seasickness on a cruise ship

Here is where you MUST go to beat seasickness on a cruise ship

Cruise ship holidays are one of the best ways to travel if you are looking for a mostly-inclusive trips with multiple perks and a relaxation guarantee. 

However , there are unfortunate side effects with being out on the water that some passengers may experience and this is sea sickness. 

Motion sickness is caused by repeated movement while travelling including bumps in a car or moving up and down in a boat. 

Doctor Ben MacFarlene has revealed the best place to go on a cruise when battling pesky sea sickness in his book Cruise Ship SOS. 

Doctor MacFarlene recounted an experience while aboard a vessel with particularly difficult weather which caused a number of cruisers to report signs of seasickness. 

“‘You know the other thing we should prescribe?’ Kiri [a nurse] says in one quiet patch as [Doctor] Edward stars extolling yet another of his ancient mariner sea sickness cures,” he wrote. 

"‘A couple of hours in the casino. [Casino worker] Kieran says it’s designed to be the most stable room on the ship.

“'They don’t want to compromise the roulette ball. Nor do they want any seasick passengers heading back to their cabins and interrupting a losing streak.

“'If you’re feeling queasy on board then Kieran reckons the casino is the only place to be.'”

The next place to go if there is no casino present on your cruise ship, experts recommend finding fresh air on a deck, or looking straight at a fixed point (such as the horizon), closing your eyes and breathing slowly. 

Doctor MacFarlene noted however medical staff can pick out those trying to pass a hangover as sea sickness. 

“Seasickness is a very convenient illness,” Macfarlane’s medical colleague told him, he writes in the book. 

“You’ll notice that the people who suffer the most are the ones who were in the bar knocking back mojitos at 2am the previous night.

“You’ll also see that these people never have hangovers. They come to us with sore heads in the morning because they’re prone to ‘migraines'.

“They feel sick when they wake up because of the air-conditioning in the staterooms, not because of all the vintage port they consumed at midnight.”