During our 18 cruises I have tried most of the usual OTC and Prescription meds to prevent motion sickness. I started out with the prescription patches, switched to Dramamine and finally settled on what worked best for me, which is the LESS DROWSY Dramamine. I take it only every 12 or 24 hours and someimes don't need it at all.
When I was purchasing our Dramamine for our last cruise in December, I ran across a package of Motion Ease. It is a very small bottle of oil which containes Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Frankenscense and Myhr (sp?). I said "what the heck, this is a Christmas cruise so the Frankenscense and Myrh might just work.
You just dab a little behind each ear and rub it in. We tried it - even when were already starting to feel a little bit off in rough seas and it worked almost instantly. Our last day and night on the ship the seas were so rough that almost everyone was in their cabins, sick. Even the room stewards and waiters were complaining of motion sickness. My BIL was really green. We offered him and our waiter the oil to try and both had immediate relief. Needless to say this will be on my packing list from now on for ALL cruises.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
I used bonine but having never used it before and not reading the instructions I swallowed 2 tablets rather than chewing them .
There are as many remedies for motion sickness as there are sufferers. Ancient Egyptian documents have a recipe -- you don't want to know what is in it!
My DW tried them all, prescription and non-prescription. The one that works for her is the ReliefBand, which puts a small electric current into her wrist. It is FDA approved for relief of morning sickness, and she says it works great on motion sickness too.
Now, me, I sit there and eat lobster while the rest of the ship is moaning and drinking weak tea.
My daughter suffers from car/sea/motion sickness, and I give her Children's Gravol which apparently is only avaialable in Canada. I didn't want to drug her on every day of our cruise, so i decided to get sea bands. Sea bands in Canada are crazy expensive, so I decided to wait and buy in florida - that's where I found the motion ease. Works like a charm.
On our last night of the cruise, the waters were so rough, we had 6ft swells on the lido deck from the water swishing from side to side out of the pool. All I gave my daughter was the motion ease and she was fine. My son, however, who does not typicalyl get motion sickness, threw up after dinner ... a little motion ease and his stomach was quickly quelled.
Disney Fantasy - 2013 [pending]
Disney Dream - 2012
Royal Freedom of the Seas - 2011
HAL Eurodam - 2011
Royal Grandeur of the Seas - 2010
Carnival Dream - 2010
Grand Princess - 2002
Royal Voyageur of the Seas - 2000
Royal Sovereign of the Seas - 1999
Carnival Ecstacy - 1991