Post # 1
My Darling Husband would really like to go on a cruise to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. My problem is I suffer from severe motion sickness. I get sick if I’m not the driver in a car, I get sick on planes, I have decided no more fishing on boats (even standing on the pier overlooking the water makes me sick).
I would hate to essentially be stuck on a boat for a week and be sick for the entire time. But maybe I’m making it into something it’s not.
What has your personal experience been?
ETA: I have tried every OTC remedy out there. I have not gotten the ear patch from the doctor recently. But I didn’t have much success with it.
Post # 2
Have you been on a cruise before?
I never had any motion sickness at all. I took my first cruise and the first 2 days I was just so sick and couldn’t adjust to the constant motoon. However after the first two days I was absolutely fine and haven’t had any problems since (4 cruises later).
Honestly with you having motion sickness if you really want to do a cruise Id plan it well so you’d be in a place at a time when the waves aren’t so big (ie more rocking)
Post # 3
TheMrsTulip: I grew up on boats. Before the cruise I only got sea sick once– and that was because I drank way too much. I had been fine on rough sea, calm waters, and everything in between. I thought I’d be fine on the cruise, but had a lot of problems looking out the windows, especially at night. Staying in an interior room and sitting in the middle of the restaurant, I was fine. Outside I was fine, but I got so sick near the windows.
I didn’t love the cruise, and I would not go if you are prone to sea sickness
Post # 4
I love cruises and have never had issues (and I get carsick all the time).
I think you should just Google “how to avoid seasickness on a cruise” and read some of the top articles. There are lots of useful tips out there.
Post # 5
TheMrsTulip: I would be very careful about this. I also suffer from very bad motion sickness in cars, buses, and some types of boats (I do a lot of work in Venice, Italy, and while I can be on the water buses with little ill effect if the ride is short and the water is calm, if it’s even a little rough in the lagoon, I will feel dizzy and have problems keeping myself totally straight as I walk for up to a day after).
I’ve been on precisely one cruise–I took every medicine, prescribed and OTC, that I could get my hands on and that wouldn’t kill me if taken together, and it had virtually no effect. Never again.
Post # 6
FutureMrsHodgy: I have never been on a cruise before.
Pollywog: Thanks for your input. (That’s what I was afraid of)
TheGridMonster: I did Google something similar. I am not looking to avoid sea sickness with remedies/tricks as much as I am wondering how bad it might possibly get. I was told that I wouldn’t feel sick while on an airplane, and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Post # 7
MarriedToMyWork: Thank you. That was the answer I was expecting but not what I had hoped for.
Post # 8
Stay midship….I got queezy going to one side of the boat for dinner, had to move my table,otherwise I was fine.We are going on a cruise for honeymoon,made sure I had balcony and midship suite.
Post # 9
Maybe you should start with a shorter 4 day cruise instead of a week. If you get sick, you won’t be stuck for a week. I’ve been on a few cruises and didn’t feel anything. Sometimes when I sat down or laid down I would feel the swaying and that made me a little dizzy. some people wear a motion sickness bracelet and a patch.
If you e deside to go for a week, look at the Allure of the seas from Royal Carribean. It’s their largest ship. It’s absolutely amazing! We thought we were gonna get bored on a week long cruise, but there was so much to do and see, that we didn’t see everything.
Post # 10
TheMrsTulip: Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. It is so frustrating to be put so out-of-whack by these forms of transportation that most people use all the time. I hate having to do things like exile tall people to the back seat of a car, but it’s either I ride up front or I a)get sick in the car b)feel so terrible when we arrive that I have to spend 30-60 minutes doing nothing to feel better. And then when people tell me to read to pass the time on a plane or a train–not happening, my friend!
Post # 11
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TheMrsTulip: I’ve been on about 9 cruises. One rule of thumb I go by- the colder the water, the rougher the seas. The 7 cruises I went on in warm water- Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, South America- were all perfectly smooth and I had no issues with motion sickness at all. Then I went to Alaska and New England. Both of those were so rocky that I had to take dramamine and take very long naps just to keep the nausea at bay. You will be fine with a warm-weather cruise. Just make sure you bring dramamine with you (it costs a fortune on the ship) and also try to get the prescription patches from your doctor. You put them behind your ear and they work great. Also, try to go on the biggest ship possible. This will normally be Royal Caribbean. Since they are bigger and heavier they will obviously rock less, and since they are newer they have better stabilizers to keep the boat from rocking.
Post # 13
I don’t think a lot of the people replying to this thread quite get what the OP is talking about when she talks about having severe motion sickness. As an aside, TheMrsTulip:, have you ever tried any vision therapy exercises/talked with an eye doctor or your regular doctor about Visually Induced Motion Sickness? Cars are much more bearable for me when I do modified versions of some of the focusing and tracking exercises.
Post # 14
I was really worried about this, too, but it sounds like my motion sickness is much more mild than yours. I took Dramamine and got the behind-the-ear patches from the doctor, (didn’t end up using the patches, though).
We did an Alaskan cruise. I guess the downside to that would be your fellow passengers are going to be mostly older folks and families, if that matters to you. We did one shore excursion that had several other young couples and it was like, “Oh my God, YOUNG PEOPLE!” However, we travelled through the Inside Passage every day but one, so I felt nothing as far as movement/rocking any day but the one day we were in open water.
A few people mentioned inside cabins, but I had heard the opposite, that you want AT LEAST a window if not a balcony if you are prone to motion sickness, so that’s what we got. Again, mine seems much more mild than yours, and I am guessing it really depends on YOUR body’s reaction, which unfortunately, there is no way of predicting before you’re on that moving ship.
ETA: Just reread your original post, and I missed that you get nauseated just standing on the pier….unfortunately, I don’t think a cruise is for you.
Post # 15
I get seasick unless it’s a suuuper stable boat and even then I don’t feel 100%. For some reason I didn’t think a ship would be a big deal but our first night was ridiculously choppy! I started to feel really sick during dinner and had to run downstairs to the infirmary to grab some dramamine. It helped… a little. I took it for 4 out of our 5 days and even though I was okay by day 2/3, it wasn’t the best feeling.