Tactics and Remedies for Limiting Cruise Ship Seasickness, Part 2
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the tactics you can take to prevent seasickness if it’s a concern for you on a cruise trip. Seasickness is caused by the body’s inner ear feeling motion that doesn’t jibe with what the eyes are seeing – it impacts some people severely, some in minor ways, and others not at all.
At Cruise Lady, we offer a wide range of cruises and land tours for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, from a Panama cruise to an Egyptian land tour and numerous destinations in between. If you’re concerned about seasickness for you or anyone else in your party, we’re happy to provide expertise and solutions wherever we can. In today’s part two, we’ll dig into some items you should bring along to ward off motion sickness plus some other tactics to consider.
Items to Pack
There are several items, both medications and otherwise, that can help ward off seasickness. Some of the best include:
- Medications: For those who regularly suffer from seasickness, there are several over-the-counter medications that help reduce or eliminate the symptoms. In severe cases, you can even go to a doctor and get a stronger prescription for repeated motion sickness issues. If you happen to forget a normal medication for seasickness, speak to guest relations on your cruise to see if they carry and tablets or other medications – many do.
- Natural items: Others do just fine with natural remedies, the most common of which is ginger. It’s available in both pill or smell form, and works for many people when warding off motion sickness. If you don’t like or have ginger, try peppermint candy or peppermint oil for a similar effect.
- Acupuncture or acupressure: Most have heard of acupuncture, which uses small needles to hit trigger points and relieve several areas of tension. Those on cruise ships often don’t have access to this service, however, so acupressure is a good alternative – it involves pressure bands around your wrist or another pressure point on your arm to help keep nausea down.
While we fully understand that seasickness feels horrible and you may not want to move from your bed, it’s important to try and get some fresh air where possible – particularly when the ship is on a stationary route and not moving very much. Our ships offer several above-deck areas where you can get some air and clear your head without worsening any seasickness.
Finally, those concerned about seasickness should pay close attention to their hydration. Dehydration is known to exacerbate seasickness symptoms, so you should always carry a water bottle. Another related tip here involves keeping your stomach full with meals and snacks throughout the day, which can limit nausea.
For more on avoiding seasickness risks while on a cruise, or to learn about any of our vacation packages for church members, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady today.