Tactics and Remedies for Limiting Cruise Ship Seasickness, Part 1
Are you considering booking a cruise trip to one of your most desired destinations, but concerned about the potential for seasickness? We fully understand your concerns. But did you realize that there are numerous tactics and approaches you can take to prevent these risks?
At Cruise Lady, we’ve proudly run cruises and land tours for Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for years, with options ranging from Israel land tours to Mediterranean cruises and numerous other destinations. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over everything you need to know about seasickness: What causes it, some pre-trip themes you can hit to minimize the risks, and some other specific tactics we recommend while on board.
Causes of Seasickness
For a proper understanding of how to prevent seasickness, it’s good to be informed on how it’s caused to begin with. As many might be aware, seasickness is a form of motion sickness, one that – as the name suggests – happens over a body of water.
From a scientific perspective, what’s actually happening here is the body’s inner ear feeling motion that doesn’t balance with what its eyes are seeing. If your body feels movement your eyes don’t see, or the other way around, the brain receives mixed signals that it sometimes can’t work out. This causes seasickness, or other forms of motion sickness in many cases. Both seasickness and motion sickness overall can cause dizziness, nausea, tiredness or headaches.
One area many don’t consider when thinking about how to prevent seasickness: The design and size of the ship they’re boarding. Ask about items like stabilizers on your ship – these are deployed for larger waves to keep the ship from rocking or tilting.
In addition, consider the size of the ship in question. In general, the larger and heavier the ship, the less chance it will rock or create seasickness risks. If you’re on a smaller ship, on the other hand, the risks might be slightly higher.
Another pre-trip consideration to keep an eye on: Where your stateroom is located within the cruise ship. If you believe you’re susceptible to seasickness, look to book a stateroom on the lower deck of the ship, plus located as close to the middle of the ship as possible. These are areas where any swaying of the ship tends to be felt less.
Yet another planning tip that will help you avoid seasickness risks: Avoiding itinerary items that involve you sailing frequently on open water. Longer trips that cover multiple continents will likely encounter a larger variety of wave and water conditions, but those that stay within a sea – such as one of our Mediterranean cruises – will generally be more contained and will not involve such major passages. Also consider the time of year and how winds and water calmness are impacted in the area you’re traveling to.
For more on avoiding the risks of seasickness on your next cruise, or to learn about any of our tours or cruises, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady today.