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Preventing Seasickness

Preventing Seasickness

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Seasickness—just the thought of it can make some of us a little queasy. And if you actually have it ... no, let’s not think about it. Let’s think about how fortunate we are to be sailing on a large, modern cruise ship on some of the calmest waters in the world. Two huge stabilizer fins take the bite out of the worst wave action, and modern medicine has provided more than one helpful remedy. If you’re looking for that ounce of prevention, read on!

 Purely Natural—Go topside, take deep breaths, get some fresh air, and look at the horizon. The worst thing you can do is stay in your stateroom. Seasickness is caused by the confusion between what your inner ear senses and what your eyes see. If you can look at something steady, it helps your brain synchronize these. Eventually your brain gets used to the motion and you get your “sea legs,” but that can take a day or two. Drink lots of water and have some mild food, such as saltine crackers—avoid fatty and salty foods, and eat lightly.

 Herbs—Ginger is reported to help reduce seasickness. It comes in pill and cookie form—even ginger ale can help. It’s best to begin taking this in advance of feeling sick.

 Bonine, or “Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula”—These are brand names of Meclizine, which has far fewer side effects than its older cousin Dramamine (which we don’t recommend). Try it at home before your cruise to check for side effects, then take it a few hours before departure for maximum effectiveness. Note: For kids ages 6 to 12, look for “Bonine for Kids,” or use regular Dramamine. Tip: The onboard medical facility (discussed on the next page) provides free chewable Meclizine tablets (25 mg.) from a dispenser next to its door on deck 1 forward. Guest Services (on deck 3 midship) may also have some Meclizine if you can’t make it down to deck 1.

 Sea-Bands—These are elastic wrist bands that operate by applying pressure to the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist by means of a plastic stud, thereby preventing seasickness. Some people swear by them; some say that they don’t work. Either way, they are inexpensive (unless you buy them on the ship) and have no medical side effects. They don’t yet come in designer colors to match your formal evening gown, however.

 Scopolamine Transdermal Patch—Available by prescription only. It is the most effective preventative with the least drowsiness, but it also comes with the most side effects, such as dry mouth and dizziness. For more information about scopolamine, speak to your doctor and visit http://www.transdermscop.com.

 Ship Location—A low deck, midship stateroom is generally considered to be the location on a ship where you’ll feel the least movement, and midship is better than forward (worst) or aft (second-best). This fact is reflected in the higher price for a midship stateroom. If you know you’re prone to seasickness, consider requesting a stateroom on decks 1–2, midship. But once you’re onboard and you find yourself feeling seasick, the best thing to do is get out of your stateroom, go to deck 4 midship, and lie down in one of the padded deck chairs—then use the tips noted in “Purely Natural” above.

 Choose Excursions Wisely—Those prone to motion sickness may want to avoid shore excursions that rely heavily on smaller boats such as ferries and sailboats, and glass-bottom boats and subs. Read the excursion descriptions in chapter 6 (starting on page 221) carefully for mentions of motion sickness or rough seas. If you don’t want to miss out on anything, begin taking your preferred seasickness remedy well in advance of the excursion.

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Top Photo Slice: Get fresh air when you're feeling seasick (℗ 53521) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx


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