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Seasickness

Seasickness is a major roadblock to enjoying a cruise. The very fear of mal-de-mer is enough to drive people away from a great time. Here are four methods of dealing with seasickness. I classify them in a passive to active manner below

Cruise choice:

Some cruises are more accommodating for the chronically motion averse. Cruising the Caribbean where the water is more calm is a good choice. Even here cruising the western Caribbean is wiser than east and sailing from Miami, Tampa, Galveston or New Orleans will limit the amount of open water and possibly rough seas. For east coast cruisers the crossing of the gulf stream near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina often is a turbulent experience. A second aspect of cruise choice is the larger the ship the more stable the environment.

Cabin Choice:

A little physics goes a long way here. A ship moving across a rocky ocean has more movement at the very rear of the ship and the extreme fore of the ship. My personal experience is the motion in the bow of the ship is most noticeable since the ship is also absorbing the shock of the wave there. The most stable cabins are in the middle of the ship. The second factor is the height factor. The closer to the waterline the lesser the motion. Consider a central deck as opposed to the more expensive higher decks. Finally, many find the thing that sets off the feeling of queasiness is seeing the movement. Some find, for example, that they can handle car travel if they can look straight ahead in the moving vehicle. If this is your case book an inside cabin and enjoy the view from the deck above.

Natural Choice:

An excellent choice for controlling motion sickness is available in most Vitamin stores. Consider purchasing capsules of powdered ginger. Ginger has been a natural choice for dealing with nausea and stomach discomfort for years. The best part of this tool in the seasickness arsenal is it has no side effects and can be paired with all of the other options in the war on motion.

Medical choices:

Over the Counter - Two common over the counter choices are out there. The first and oldest is dramamine. While settling the stomach, it also creates sleepiness. The newer version is Bonine which does not have the sleep side effect.

Acupressure - Two forms of acupressure treatment help many. The passive form is a medal disk on an elastic wrist band sold in most drug stores. While this may help, the more active system, called a "Sea Band" produces an adjustable electric impulse that relieves the sense of nausea. The latter version usually

Prescription - "The Patch" a trans dermal scopolamine patch that adheres behind the ear is an excellent choice for many. The patch produces a lower instance of sleepiness and lasts for three days so there is no clock to watch or fear of missing a dose. The patch can produce dry mouth and, sometimes, irritation at the site of application. Some people experience a headache. Talk to your doctor about these and other side effects


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