Sea Sickness

How easy is it to prevent sea sickness on board a big cruise ship. Does the ship have stabilizers?

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The newer ones do...the older ones not so much. The higher your cabin, the more it might sway a bit....most folks never feel it...some get over it in a day or so...heavy weather can make even old salts a lil queezy...what ship are you on? Some folks take bonine BEFORE they even start...Ive never had to...what makes you think you'll need anything?

All cruise ships have stabilizers. If you are prone to motion sickness in the air or riding in a vehicle then you will probably experience problems on the sea, if not you probably will be okay on the ocean. Best bet is to get a cabin on the vessel where movement is minimized and that is normally as low a deck as possible and mid ship. I have met cruisers who have 1500 days sailing and never been sick, however those folk were on inside waters such as the Caribbean, once they got out into the high seas It was a different story. The cruise lines go out of their way to make sure guests enjoy calm waters, so you really don't have to worry very much.

True enough KENN, but they'll only minimize side to side roll..wont do much for bow to stern pitch....either doesn't affect me, and more importantly, doesn't affect her...if momma aint happy....well you know te rest...

If you are not generally susceptible to motion sickness but start to feel queasy on board, you might try eating a green apple (generally available at the buffet), or something containing ginger (ginger candy, ginger ale). Another possibility would be a seaband, available at many drug stores or WalMart type stores. It is an elastic wristband with a bump in it that presses on your wrist nerve (accupressure).

These have generally worked for my wife.

Or there are the medicines, over the counter or prescription, but those generally have side effects.

Many swear by the patches. These little round things you stick on behind your ears that dispense an anti nausient.

Thanks for the input. I know now a days some ships have electronic stabilizers.


I always take chewable ginger gravol and also Bonine with us, bu fortunately have only used it once. We prefer a Riviera deck room because its so much calmer down on the lower deck.

I am very motion sensitive, and my doctor prescribes these for me for each cruise. I have two sisters that have tried them and they work well for one but the other has too many side effects. This is why you must see a physician for them.

Yes there are stabilizers onboard, as others have mentioned. You won't feel the ship move. What you feel on land is what you'll feel onboard, so unless you feel the ocean when walking on land or the *sings* "the Earth move under your feet...." then you'll be fine.

But some people are prone to motion sickness. If you are, go to Customer Service, they can give you dramamine.


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