If you’ve ever been seasick, you know that few feelings are more miserable. It’s a condition that once you’ve experienced, you never want to have again. Dizziness and nausea are the hallmarks, but it actually feels worse than that sounds.
Fortunately, technology has helped modern cruise ships smooth out some of the motion of the sea. And stabilizers and other improvements make passengers more comfortable than in the past. But since repositioning cruises can cross vast expanses of ocean, it’s not uncommon for them to encounter some rough seas.
As is the case with most maladies, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And there are several things you can do to keep yourself from getting seasick in the first place. First of all, don’t drink too much during your cruise. Excess drinking will dehydrate you and undermine your equilibrium. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest, fatty, or acidic. Many of the foods served at the breakfast buffet — bacon, sausages, eggs, and corned beef hash — are really poor choices.
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself properly hydrated. Carbonated beverages bother some people, but ginger helps quell nausea. A ginger ale helps some cruisers feel less queasy. But you can also buy ginger in pill form at most health food stores. Coca Cola works for some people, and eating saltines will help absorb any excess acid.
Although you may be tempted to stay inside where it’s safe and dry, most people do better out on deck where there’s plenty of fresh air. But stay out of direct sunlight, which can also speed up dehydration. Since diesel fumes make many people queasy, just make sure you’re not being exposed to any exhaust from the ship.
You’ll feel the least motion at the center of the ship on the lower decks. And if you can keep your eyes on the horizon, that will help. Avoid laying down at all costs.
If you’re prone to motion sickness, a bracelet that presses on your wrist helps many suffers prevent illness. And over-the-counter products like Dramamine can be effective when taken in advance. For those with serious motion sickness, a scopol amine patch is available by prescription.
Following these precautions should help you enjoy your cruise without any queasiness.