With your bags packed, your itinerary at the ready and your daydreams about cocktails by the pool finally becoming a reality, it’s natural you’re going to feel excited about your upcoming cruise. Yet, if you’re worried about seasickness, either because you know you’re susceptible or because you’ve never cruised before and are concerned it might affect you, don’t fret.

With a few tips before departure, as well as the knowledge that you’ll be supported by the crew while at sea, you can be certain your next cruise will be a happy and healthy one. Read on to discover how to avoid seasickness ahead of your next cruise with us.

What causes seasickness?

Seasickness was always considered a natural part of life at sea, even as far back as the days of sailing ships. Luckily, we now have plenty of ways to overcome it, but it’s still a smart idea to understand the root cause.

Essentially, seasickness is caused by the movements of the ship and your brain’s reaction to them. Just like being in a coach or car, that feeling of giddy disorientation is a form of motion sickness. These sensations are caused by a kind of battle between our minds, our senses and our reality.

Our eyes, ears and muscles are constantly telling our brain that we are balanced on solid ground, even when we don’t consciously know it. Seasickness is often caused because the motions of the ship send a confused signal to those organs and muscles, meaning our brains believe we are unbalanced. For many of us, it’s simple to overcome and we quickly adjust, but it’s natural that some of us find this a challenge. That’s especially true if you’re in your suite or in the cruise ship’s restaurant, because your senses say you’re indoors, yet you can still feel motion.

If all this sounds scary, don’t worry. On average, many people settle into their sea legs just two days into the voyage, and if you’re concerned that’s not going to happen for you, there are lots of ways to prevent or cure seasickness.

Size matters at sea

Cruise ships are designed with your comfort and happiness in mind, from top to bottom. That includes using technology that’s been invented especially to help us feel stable at sea. You’ll find that large, modern cruise ships like those of Marella Cruises include machinery down in the hull that steadies the ship at sea.

Better yet, studies have shown that seasickness simply doesn’t occur as much on larger ships. With modern cruise ships bigger than they’ve ever been, that’s fantastic news. Cruise ships also actively target routes that avoid storms or adverse weather at sea, meaning less choppy waves and a smoother journey overall.

Remember, the first two days at sea are when symptoms of seasickness are most likely to appear. If you want to make sure you avoid any discomfort, spend time outside where you can see the horizon. Your suite will still be there, and you can book one with a view to ensure you’re not too sealed away, and thereby less susceptible to the moving sensations.

Chances are you’ll be taking this advice without realising it. Getting on a cruise ship is exciting, even if you’ve cruised countless times before, and it’s likely you’ll be actively exploring what will be your home from home, taking in the sights and experiences onboard. Any time you feel disoriented or dizzy, just spend some time focusing on the horizon and breathing deeply to help your brain understand you’re safe and sound at sea. The sounds of the Med are especially soothing, after all.

The best ways to prevent seasickness on your cruise

Even with all of our advice in mind, the good news is that there are medicines and other treatments you can use to make sure seasickness can’t get you down during your happy voyage. The most well known solution is to get some over the counter medicine in tablet form. Standard motion sickness medicines like Dramamine or Bonine do a great job of keeping your head clear and your smile bright throughout your cruise. It’s generally a good idea to start taking tablets like this a couple of days before you depart on your cruise, because that allows your body to have the medication in its system in advance of you stepping onboard.

Home remedies are also a good idea, and ginger comes recommended to help calm a queasy stomach. Whether it’s ginger root or a sip of ginger beer, give this a go if you’re looking to keep your tummy settled. And of course, technology is on our side too, such as patches to discreetly fasten behind your ears or wristbands that send tiny acupressure pulses onto your inner arm, using the secrets of the East. If you’re not one for taking tablets, these can be a good alternative.

More than anything, remember that the staff and crew onboard your cruise ship are there to help you. Medications like those we’ve talked about are easily found at shops or help desks onboard, and the trained crew deal with seasick guests all the time, so have plenty of help to pass along. With that in mind, you’ve every reason to enjoy your cruise to its fullest.

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