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Top Tips for Preventing Seasickness on a Cruise

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One of the things that can be most off-putting about taking a trip on a boat is the thought that you might get seasick. Follow our tips below for how to avoid seasickness happening in the first place and also how to deal with it if you do suffer from seasickness.

Prevention is always best

There are many ways that you can try and avoid the possibility of seasickness, some of which are medical but some of which involve natural or herbal remedies. If you would rather have a ‘drug free’ prevention, then acupressure wristbands work for most people and are useful if you are taking any other medicines. The other thing you can do is consume some ginger. It is available in many different forms but a practical way of using it is via anti-nausea ginger gum. Alternatively, it is possible to get a prescription for a Scopolamine patch, which is worn behind the ear for three days at a time and provides a small, continuous dose of scopolamine, the anti nausea drug. There are also other anti-nausea medications available over the counter without a prescription.

Times and places to avoid sailing.

It is possible to reduce the chance of developing seasickness by ensuring you travel to the right places at the right times. Open seas such as the Atlantic or Pacific can often be choppy, although the Caribbean is generally better. Try and avoid taking your cruise at the end of the season. While destinations such as Mexico or the Caribbean are warm all year round, autumn sailings in places such as Northern Europe and South America should be avoided, as the onset of colder weather brings with it the choppier seas.

What to look for in your ship.

By choosing the right ship or by making a request to your cruise line, you might be able to try and avoid seasickness. Sailing on larger ships means that you are less likely to feel the boat moving around as much and on some vessels, you might feel like you are not moving at all. When you have booked your cruise, it is worth making sure you are in a cabin with a window or balcony that is low and central in the ship. The closer to the centre of the ship you are, the less likely you will be to move around.

What to do if you begin to feel ill on a ship.

If you have been unable to prevent yourself from feeling ill, there are several things you can do to help yourself when it happens. The nausea that can come with seasickness is due to your body being confused about the motion of the ocean and the fact that the ship does not appear to be moving. If you are able to, then go outside to look at the horizon. Having this reference point should help your body to rebalance and the fresh air should also help with the nausea. Ginger is very effective in stopping nausea and foods such as green apples and dry crackers can help settle an empty stomach. It is also still possible at this stage to take tablets although they are intended to be preventative, so are more effective before you begin to feel unwell. If you follow these tips then hopefully you will manage to avoid being unwell on a ship. If this is not possible, then hopefully the tips for how to cope with the ensuing nausea should prove useful.

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