Overcoming seasickness

Tom loves the idea of cruising but thinks his seasickness may be a stumbling block. Queasiness can be overcome with a few tips and tricks.

Q. Tom

I suffer from seasickness and this makes me wary about cruising, even though I love the idea. Does my seasickness make cruising an impossibility.

A. Tom, going on holiday only to suffer terrible sickness would be a real tragedy however, most large passenger liners are so stable, you wouldn’t even know you were on the water. Seasickness is also something which usually disappears once your body has acclimatised to the motion of the boat. Here are further steps you can take until your body is used to the motion of the ocean:

  • book a mid-ship cabin where you will experience the least amount of motion
  • get plenty of fresh air
  • drink plenty of water
  • keep vertical, you will be more prone to feeling the motion of the sea when you’re lying down
  • getting involved in activities will help keep your mind off the feelings of dizziness and nausea
  • walking around will help combat the effects of the motion of the sea
  • eat little and often – light meals will be easier to keep down then a full-on three course meal.

If these tricks don’t help, there will be an experienced physician on board who will have many clever cures for seasickness, but it’s probably worthwhile visiting your own GP to ask for some advice.

Only you will know how bad your seasickness is and whether or not you think you’ll be able to combat the nausea you feel and hopefully it won’t stop you giving cruising a go.

Written by Debbie McTaggart



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