(Closed) Do people commonly get seasick on a cruise?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

The bigger the ship the less you will feel it. Also, lower level rooms away from the engine are good too.

Post # 4
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

No, and if you do get sea sick it usually only lasts a few hours.  Also, there are things you can take like dramamine to avoid this.

Post # 5
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

just bring dramimine in case. its not a big deal. ships are so big that you usually can’t feel yourself on the water

Post # 6
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@rel318:  I was worried about this because I get motion sickness from even being in a car. But, you get used to it. I went on the smallest of the carnival cruises and I just had a big window in our room (not a balcony). We were fine! 

We brought dramamine which I only took the first night! We wore the motion sickness acupuncture bracelets and were great! 🙂 The first night we had rough seas so it was weird, but it didn’t ruin my night! 

I LOVED our cruise, my Darling Husband loved it and we had a blast! I wouldn’t think it would ruin your trip. 🙂 

Post # 7
8724 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Some people are more prone to seasickness. The best thing you can do is get a low level stateroom and take some sort of anti seasickness medication. My tip would be to get some of the non-drowsy variety or the ones that work for 24hrs but take it at bed time starting a day before the cruise. Otherwise your partner will be drowsy and not enjoy his cruise.

Post # 8
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@rel318:  I get carsick, bus sick, airsick, seasick…..  If I’m not driving it, I’m usually trying to keep from yakking.  That said I have been on 10 cruises and I have only had issues on two.

The first time I had a problem it was because I drank too much and ended up hungover which caused me to get seasick and it was bad enough that I ended up dehydrated and in the medical bay getting IV fluids.  Lesson learned.  Have fun drinking and getting a buzz but don’t go overboard and get drunk enough to have a hangover.

After that I cruised just fine until my ninth cruise.  We sailed the Caribbean in November.  I had no idea that November is known for having rough seas.  I wasn’t the only one sick on that cruise, the rocking was so bad on the last night even crew members were seasick. Lesson learned.  Don’t cruise the Caribbean from September through November (December is fine) because it’s hurricane season and the seas can be rough.

My other tips include: Book an inside cabin as low as you can go and as close to the middle of the ship as possible.  These rooms have the least amount of sway.  Pack dramamine for just in case.  Try to avoid booking excursions that involve boat trips because smaller boats can make you seasick then you can’t get rid of it once you’re back on board.  Book the biggest and newest ship available.  Newer ships have newer technology to stabilize the boat from rocking.  Also, the bigger the ship, the less you will notice the rocking.  Happy sailing!!!

Post # 9
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t been on a cruise yet, but got violently sick on a fishing trip.  I know the two are vastly different, but I wouldn’t chance getting on any boat in the ocean now without starting a course of Dramamine (or Bonine, which is non-drowsy) before hand.  The meds don’t do any good if you’re already sick, which I learned the hard way.

Post # 10
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@rel318:  Is he someone that normally gets motion sickness on boats/buses/planes etc? My mother and I do. She has done a number of cruises in recent years – when the water is calm she is pretty much fine and might just pop a tablet, wear the pressure point wrist bands etc. They however did a cruise from Australia to NZ where the crossing can be much rougher than say the South Pacific. For the first two days she was holed up in their room thinking she was going to die.  So I’d say choose somewhere that is likely to have calm waters that time of year and be prepared with tablets etc. The cruise doctor can also give you an injection if it does get bad.


We have found some excellent travel sickness tablets in America. The ones here in Australia have been pretty much useless for us – they might prevent the vomiting but we still felt totally nauseous on plane trips the whole time and all we could stomach was bread and butter to eat etc. These are amazing! One tablet lasts 24 hours and I feel right as rain! You can get them at Walmarts for $6 for like 100. The brand is Rugby I think.

Post # 11
2822 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I’ve been on 8 cruises and I only got seasick on one. It was because the ship had to stay later at a port due to medical issues for a guest, so later that night the ship was moving at full speed to make it to the next port in time.

Post # 12
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@rel318:  Darling Husband and I both got minorly seasick on our honeymoon cruise (although I think I was just horribly hungover, but I digress).  DH ended up buying a product in the cruise shop gift store, its called Motion Ease.  Its all natural, so you can drink while using it and use it on kids, and it WORKS. I mean, totally and completely works.  DH put a few drops behind his ears and he was better in about 15 minutes.   He was calling it his own private miracle, and normally he is super suspicious of stuff like that.   He paid like $16 for it on the cruise, but I got some at Walmart the other day for about $5.   Its a tiny bottle but it goes a long way.  


oh and we never get seasick so it was really quite weird that both of us did.   But after the motion ease we were both fine!  I’ve used it on the plane and car too, it helps anytime you are feeling dizzy.  

Post # 13
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

The cruise I went on, everyone that was prone to motion sickness was complaining their seasickness was worse when docking/leaving port. Most people I was with were fine other than that. 

I didn’t really notice it unless I was in the shower trying to shave my legs and I kept being slammed against the side of the shower. Consider getting a wax before, it will make life easier!

Post # 14
795 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012


my experience:

when we went on our cruise we booked for acupuncture (first time ever) at on the ship spa (NCL Sun).  Booking at the spa the first day on the ship gave us a steep discount, so we thougt it would be a good time to try.  We ended up getting acupuncture for sea sickness.

1 hr before apointment: we did not feel steady on our feet, Darling Husband was slightly queezy, but nothing intense.

20 min before appointment: we were in the spa waiting room with beautiful windows looking over the ocean…. My nausea and clumsiness got bad….

after the acupuncture: wew ent to the dining hall and were very very relaxed, almost drowsy.

1hr latee… It felt as though we were standing on concrete!  this lasted the entire week!

i am not saying this works for everyone, but acupuncture for sea sickness definitely worked on us, we plan to do it on every cruise.

–my mom get sea sick and went on a cruise with her friends last year, we reccomended the acupuncture and she was fine the entire week while her friends had those annoying bands on the wrists.

Post # 16
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

It didn’t affect me at all, but my fiancé sure got sick. He was doped up on Gravol the whole time which worked, but made him drowsy though. So definitely get non-drowsy stuff!

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