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How Do I Avoid Getting Seasick?

One of the things that prevent potential first-time cruisers from experiencing the awesomeness of cruising is the fear of getting seasick. What’s the likelihood of getting seasick? And what can you do to prevent it. 

Ways To Avoid Sickness

There a number of things you can do proactively to avoid getting sick. Some are things you might never have considered. Here are 6 of our recommendations.

1. Medication

The first way to prevent seasickness is to take medication. The most popular is Dramamine. Depending on which strength you choose, it’s recommended to take the medication 30 minutes to one day before boarding the ship. 

2. Choice Of Cabin

Where you are in the ship can have a profound effect on whether you get sick or not. To explain, we have to go back to high school science class. 

Because cruise ships float on water, they don’t have the stability of riding down the freshly paved road of the interstate. As a result, there will be some motion. 

To have the least impact, you want to pick a cabin that is in a part of the ship with the lowest center of gravity. This is going to be in the middle of the ship on lower decks.  That means you will likely be farther away from areas of the ship you might want to frequent. 

For example, if you like to bathe in the sun, the lido deck with the pools is the place to be. Are you the athletic type who wants to get your early morning run in the refreshing ocean air? Do you like to workout in the gym to kickstart your day? 

Suite cabin on MSC Meraviglia
MSC Meraviglia, MSC Yacht Club Deluxe Suite

All these places are on the upper decks away from the lower decks where your ideal stateroom would be to avoid motion sickness

Because your stateroom will be in the middle of the ship, any activities fore (the front) and aft (the rear of the ship) will mean you will have to travel to get to your destinations. 

That can be quite a distance on modern cruise ships. So if the activities mentioned above are what you enjoy, know that you will be getting sone exercise in before you make it to your destination. 

In addition to being on the upper deck (not really an issue because of the elevators), the gym is at the front of the ship. As for the pool, they’re usually near the back of the ship. After your first day onboard, you’ll get used to where everything is. But it’s something you should be aware of. 

3. Keep Your Eyes On the Horizon

If the last two recommendations don’t cancel out motion sickness, there is another trick. 

If you have a balcony or are on a deck where you can see outside, focus on the horizon. Inhale deeply and exhale slowly. This technique along with the breeze can calm you down. Try not to focus on the waves. Looking at the waves can contribute to seasickness. 

4. Monitor Alcohol Consumption

This one is subjective as alcohol affects everyone differently. Not to mention what you drink can have different effects on you depending on the proof in the liquor you are drinking.  

Pay attention to when you begin feeling seasick. If it’s after drinking alcohol, you might want to keep hydrated with water (certainly not as tasty). 

5. Choose a Big Ship

Atrium on MSC cruise ship
Modern cruise ships are massive

You might be surprised by this one. 

Most of the popular ships you hear about with the go-kart tracks, water slides, roller coasters and such are big ships. They hold anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 passengers not counting crew. 

As you can see in this image, modern cruise ships are so massive, it’s like being on a floating city

These large ships have stabilizers to counteract the motion of the ocean. They are so effective, you will likely not even realize you’re on the ocean at all no matter where you are on the ship. It can actually feel like you’re walking on land. 

This is true even in the staterooms. But if you do feel like seasickness is approaching, take the steps we’ve outlined.

6. Choose a Trip With Fewer Sea Days

One of the easiest ways to not get seasick is to not be on the sea. Sounds kind of contradictory. But hear us out. 

Cruising is one of the best ways to see the world. Your room and food have already been paid for. Your entertainment is also provided. Thus, you have a floating all-inclusive resort. 

What’s even better are the ports you stop at. This can actually be one of the ways to combat sickness. 

Some itineraries will leave you docked at a port for a day or more. Others will go to a new island every day. 

So choose an itinerary that keeps you at the port for most of the day. The Dream Team can help you decide. Then in the evening, the ship will sail to the next destination. And in most instances, you won’t realize it until you look out the window or the captain announces it. 

Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s no need to be concerned about getting seasick on a cruise. Even if you do succumb to it, you’ll probably experience it on three first day. Once your body adjusts to being on the water, you won’t notice

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