(Closed) Cruises and seasickness – help put my mind at ease!

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I have emetophobia, so I completely understand your anxiety.  I was seasick the first time I went on a cruise, but only for an hour or so, and I didn’t actually get sick.  It’s worth mentioning there was a huge storm.  The other two times I’ve been, no problems at all.  I suggest bringing OTC motion sickness pills and wearing one of those sea band things around your wrist.  I know it sounds like BS, but even if it was the placebo effect, I found it helped a great deal.  

If you have severe anxiety, it may be worth talking to a doctor about getting a prescription for as-needed anti-anxiety pills just to have on hand for the cruise.  Even if you don’t need them, maybe having them around would be comforting.  This only really applies if you have, like, panic disorder levels of anxiety though, as otherwise I wouldn’t risk messing around with those kinds of drugs.  (Obligatory I-am-not-a-medical-doctor disclaimer, just someone with bad panic attacks.)

I think you would regret not-going, especially over something like anxiety.  I’m so glad I went on my cruises, even though I was absolutely terrified.  

And, even if you do get seasick … it’ll likely only be for the first day or so.  Then your body habituates and you’ll be right as rain.  So you won’t be seasick for ten days, promise.

Post # 3
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I have emetophobia too! I have been on one cruise, and actually was sick the night before (stress I think) – I took meclizine and was fine on the ship. It’s an OTC medicine, similar to dramamine but doesn’t cause drowsiness. 

Post # 6
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Cruise ships are so big that most barely feel the movement.  Bring some dramamine or wear a sea band, and stash some ginger candies in your purse.  The ginger will calm your stomach, and that will probably ease your anxiety.

Post # 8
2452 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I take ginger capsules starting 2 days before the cruise & every day on the cruise. Works beautifully. And I’ve been seasick on the 2 cruises that I tried something else. 

Post # 10
9524 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Rooms closer to the middle of the boat have less impact. That means, upper levels and in the middle of the port and starboard. Taking dramamine made me extremely tired, which made me miss too much of the cruise. I have a friend who gets seasick on car rides, she swears by seasickness wristbands 


Post # 11
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Oh how fun! We are doing a med cruise this fall, I can’t wait!

I agree with what PP have said, and another thing to keep in mind is that Med cruises are extremely port intensive generally, so you won’t have huge stretches at sea, likely only one or two sea days, and probably not in a row. It definitely helps me to know that I can get off soon, and you will likely sleep really well if there is some minor motion.

I’ll also mention that while I get motion sick pretty easily in cars (and to a lesser extent buses) I’ve never been seasick, even in pretty heavy seas (not on a cruise ship but on both a sailboat in a pretty bad storm and a small boat north of the arctic circle), so you may not (likely won’t) even get sick at all. I say look into the patches/medicines if you are worried, but go and have a great time!

Also, have you looked in to rescue remedy? i’m not really into homeopathic type remedies but I’ve had good luck with it for my anxiety around flying. Its OTC and available widely in Canada–definitely not as strong as something RX, but it may help take the edge off.

If you do end up going, look into the Cruise Critic site and forums. You can find your roll call and make some friends from the ship before you cruise.



Post # 12
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

When I went on my first cruise, everyone kept telling me how sick I was going to be — but I wasn’t at all. Honestly, I only felt the boat move, like, twice, and that was because we were standing in one of the dining rooms at the far end/bottom deck of the ship. And it was barely noticeable even then.

When we were on our honeymoon, we encountered some rough weather, so I definitely felt the shop move more, which made me a little nervous, but I still did not get sick. That being said, I don’t have motion sickness, so you may be more prone than me.

The ships sell dramimine in all forms, and they have an infirmary if you need it. I would also recommend seeing your doctor ahead of time if just in case you need something with an extra “kick” to curb potential motion sickness.

Also, like PPs said, rooms in the middle decks located in the center of the ship feel less movement, so I’d stick with one of those.

Have fun!!

Post # 13
11377 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Meclizine (OTC medication) will be your best friend! I get car sick if the ride is around 45+ minutes or a new road I’ve never taken. It works like a charm!

Post # 14
242 posts
Helper bee

I just got back from a cruise and I wore Sea Bands on my wrists. They can be uncomfortable at times, and are not the cutest thing to wear on your wrist but they worked for me. I get dizzy on ferries, in planes, in cars, etc.

I also brought

ginger gum – which tastes REALLY strong

Dramamine – which makes me very sleepy so I didn’t take any for the cruise

Post # 15
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

About 90% of the time, you can’t feel the shop move. I usually start taking Dramamine a week before we leave because I’m extremely sensitive to motion (I can’t even turn my head quickly without feeling sick) and it helps a lot!

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