Overcoming seasickness

Seasickness can be overcome with a few tips and tricks.

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.


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    28th Jun 2014
    Overcome Sea Sickness !! Go to Uluru instead !
    28th Jun 2014
    Dear Tom,
    I've done 24 cruises, & I agree completely with the suggestions from Debbie. I would like to add one thing, & that is, when you book your mid-ship cabin, make sure it is on a lower deck, as that is the most stable part of the ship. After all, that's where the medical centre & the passenger services desk are located!!!
    28th Jun 2014
    Agree with Jaws100 - go for the lower decks. Don't be tempted to save money by getting an inside cabin! At least get an outside cabin & if you can afford a balcony, fresh air is only at the end of the bed. Many people also sleep with the balcony door partly open (depending on the weather). Purchase a packet of Kwells pills, available from chemists, before you leave - ships' medical centres are very expensive. The latest Kwells are chewable, so very easy to take. One before bed on an expected rough night (if you're very unlucky) is good, but don't hesitate to take one during the day if you feel queesy. Enjoy your cruise - cruising is really great. As is Europe river cruising - no rough waters on those lovely rivers!
    28th Jun 2014
    Before my first cruise i consulted a GP. He suggested i take Kwells for the first 4 days, by which time my balance mechanism would have adjusted to the movement of the ship. Worked perfectly. I have done this for each cruise, and i am a good sailor. While i love a balcony cabin, i loved the inside cabin i booked last time. While people with outside cabins were commenting on noises, i heard nothing. So much to do on most ships, you only have to go to your cabin to sleep or change clothes.
    29th Jun 2014
    Inside cabins are cheaper of course but beware - on our last cruise we booked inside after always having outside and one day the entire ship's switchboard and electricals failed and for 8 hours we had no lighting (or toilets or lifts) - ever tried finding your way around a pitch-black cabin - and it is pitch-black. So if you can afford an outside cabin go for it - lovely to wake up in the morning and look out to see where the ship is.
    28th Jun 2014
    The easy way of stopping sea sickness is to buy cyrstallised cooking ginger and eat to your hearts content. I know of one Navy Ship's Chef who keeps a stock on hand for sick sailors after advice from his Nan.
    28th Jun 2014
    George is right. I have a friend who is a poor traveller and she uses ginger combined with the wrist bands you can get in a pharmacy, but she still needs the occasional back up with Kwells.
    28th Jun 2014
    Yes - I forgot to mention the wrist bands. Again, purchase them from a pharmacy before boarding - another thing that costs more on the ship! They are inexpensive & worth trying along with the ginger & Kwells. I find that the Kwells make me a little sleepy - doesn't matter, because I'm not driving the ship! Start out on a short cruise - there are plenty of "taster" cruises these days. If you get hooked, then the world is your provervial oyster!
    Frugal Travels
    28th Jun 2014
    I've found Sublingual B vitamins work quite well. Just a drop under the tongue and you'll be fine and problem free. You can also take the B vitamins in pills but the B 6 can be difficult to digest unless it's absorbed into the blood stream like this. It's also great for Altitude Sickness and even morning sickness for pregnant women. Don't know if it's OK to leave a URL of other travel tips: UnconventionalTourist.com
    Polly Esther
    28th Jun 2014
    Whatever floats your boat
    28th Jun 2014
    The Sewerage in the Moat !!
    28th Jun 2014
    I always go to the doctor and get a prescription and start taking the tablets a few days before I sail. I take properly for the few days of the cruise then maybe one a day and any sign of rough weather take the full dose again. If you suffer from motion sickness this is the sure way to,be in control.
    7th Feb 2016
    My first sea voyage was to sail from Adelaide to South Hampton. I had great sea legs from the start. But then we stopped in Melbourne. Oh dear! I felt wobbly and nauseous whilst walking around. I went to the chemist and they said I had the reverse of Sea Sickness and also gave me Kwells.

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