When booking a cruise for the first time you may not know if you are troubled with seasickness until you are on the boat. Seasickness is a type of motion sickness. It is caused by the inner ear sending different signals to your brain than what your eyes are seeing. This can be troublesome if there are rocky seas in store for your voyage.
Symptoms Of Seasickness
Symptoms of seasickness are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell. It can definitely send your happy vacation voyage downhill.
Tips For Handling Seasickness
There are things that you can do to help with seasickness.
The first one is if you are on the cruise ship already and you didn’t pack anything to help your seasickness call the front desk. They are sure to have remedies readily available sometimes at no additional cost. You would not be the first person to experience this.
Cruise ships have endless buffets, and food options. When suffering from seasickness make sure you watch what you are eating. Stay away from the fried, greasy foods. Try to not drink excessive amounts of alcohol either. They can exacerbate your seasickness symptoms.
Try eating green apples. Green apples contain a lot of pectin. Pectin is a soluble fiber that turns water into a thick gel in the intestines. The benefit of this is that it helps slow down your digestion which can help ease your queasiness and settle your stomach. Green apples are also high in fructose which can help with your energy levels staying high. The sour taste can also help with the symptoms of seasickness.
Salted crackers are good for nausea.
Anything with ginger is also great. This could be ginger beer which is a non alcoholic drink, ginger candies, ginger tea, or ginger extract.
If you know you are prone to seasickness, book your room accordingly. An exterior room on the ship with a window and possibly a balcony can help with seasickness. It will allow more sunlight and air to move through your room which can help alleviate symptoms. Also booking a room that is down lower on the boat can also help. The rooms lower down will have less rocking or movement. Most cruise ships will have the most expensive rooms on upper decks, but this may not be the best for you if you suffer from seasickness.
What time of year you travel can depend on how rough the seas will be when you travel too. Bigger boats will have less movement as well.
Facing towards the direction you are going can also help with seasickness. Keeping your body forward and focusing on the horizon can help the signals of your brain to stop working against each other. When sitting at the pool turn your lounge chair in the direction the boat is going.
Getting fresh air and taking a walk can be more helpful than locking yourself up in your room.
There are sea sickness bands you can buy. These bands focus on applying constant gentle pressure onto your wrists to alleviate nausea. They are a nondrug form of nausea relief that many people have said can work just as effectively as prescription or over the counter nausea relief. Since they are a non drug form of relief they don’t have any side effects that could occur with a medication.
Even if you haven’t suffered from seasickness, the crew onboard the ship will be able to help you. If you call down for some nausea reducing foods, they will probably send you some ginger ale, saltines, and green apples. Green apples are becoming more common in fighting sea sickness with their sour taste, high amounts of pectin, and fructose.
Wearing sea bands to help apply pressure constantly can also help.
If you are concerned about seasickness, you can speak with your doctor who may prescribe you with a motion sickness prescription, or suggest some over the counter medication that may be helpful for you.
If you suffer from motion sickness, or air sickness, you may also suffer from seasickness. So if you are planning a cruise, it would be best to plan accordingly.
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