President's Circle Award 2012President's Circle Award 2011Cruise Holidays of Burlington

info@cruiseholidaysburlington.ca

(866) 860-6218  (905) 332-4500

 Google PlusFacebookTwitter

Cruise Myths: Seasickness

 

If you’re worried that you won’t enjoy a cruise because you’ll get seasick – a form of motion sickness that results from the rolling motion of a ship – be assured that it’s not an automatic effect of cruising.

 

Some people may be susceptible to seasickness, but many are never bothered by it. There will be rocking or other movement of the ship from time to time, but you may be surprised by how gentle that motion can be. In addition, your ship will be specially equipped to minimize rolling, and there’s a lot you can do before and during the cruise to guard against seasickness.

 

All modern cruise ships have stabilizers attached to the hull, which reduce any rolling (side-to-side motion) of the ship. Stabilizers use sensors to automatically position themselves to best counteract the rolling effect of waves; the captain and crew can also control the position of stabilizers as needed. Plus, the ship’s officers are trained to set a course that will minimize pitching (front-to-back movement) as well as rolling.

 

While making cruise reservations, you can book a stateroom in the most stable part of the ship. Ask your travel professional for assistance.

 

Before you depart, consult with your doctor about anti-seasickness medications. Your doctor may recommend an antihistamine, available over the counter; or, a prescription adhesive patch, which can provide several days of protection.

 

If you don’t know whether or not you are susceptible to seasickness, give yourself a chance to find out. The excitement of getting familiar with the ship and attending the launch party may help distract you from any potential seasickness; before you know it, you’ll be out at sea and having a wonderful time! If you do feel nausea or other symptoms, Mayo Clinic recommends taking these steps:

 

  • Sit on deck for a while and focus on the horizon. Keep your head still and rest it against the back of the deck chair.
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods and alcohol; ask a waiter for some dry crackers or a carbonated beverage to help settle your stomach.
  • Take an antihistamine (be prepared for drowsiness as a side effect) or put on your patch.

Chances are, you’ll soon feel better and will adjust to the motion of the ship. Bon voyage!

 

More on preparing and packing for a cruise


 

About Us

 

Debbie Cruise Holidays of Burlington owners Carol Patterson and Debbie Pickett love cruises. They took their passion, combined their many valuable years of travel industry experience, and opened their own franchise brand within the Travel Leaders Leisure Group in 2003. They are the experts on everything cruise related.

 

Learn More

 Call or email us today to start planning the vacation of a lifetime!

 

TICO # 50012239

 

Join Us On Line

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase Travel Insurance