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Old June 12th, 2010, 03:28 PM
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To those of you who have cruised from Calif to Hawaii .My wife wants to know if the water is rough with the possibility of causing seasickness . She spoke to a local travel agent who said yes .The agent was "pushing" a Pride of America cruise and I don't know if she was being truthful .
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Henry,

I have never been to California, much less the Pacific but I have read tons of stuff as regards crossing the Pacific and the Atlantic. I've also spoken with friends who have done both. All I can do is tell you what they have seen and what I have read.

Crossing either the Atlantic or Pacific IS NOT like routine sailings of the Caribbean. Both oceans are more turbulent for lack of a better word. From those whom I know who have crossed both oceans, I get the idea that those cruising the Pacific experience more motion. But keep in mind, both oceans are subject to storms, etc. I think I'm confident in saying however, that it's certainly not like traversing the Bay of Biscay or the southern Indian Ocean.

However, there are two mitigating factors. First of all the old adage about obtaining a stateroom that is on a low deck near the center of the ship makes a big difference. Secondly, the larger the ship, the smoother the ride.

I have also read that on Pacific and Atlantic crossings it is favorable to avoid the change of seasons such as Spring or Fall. In short, I understand that the best time to go would be during the summer but i could well be wrong.

I hope someone with experience answers this query but in any event, figured I'd throw in my two cents.

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We crossed from Hawaii to Vancouver in May of 2006. We experienced no more turbulence than when were on any of our other cruises. Don't let the agent talk you in to something you really don't want. In fact, the worst seasickness we ever experienced was on a cruise to the Bahamas in Feb. of 2006. This was on Disney, and there was a storm coming that made the ship leave Castaway Cay 2 hours ahead of schedule. There's no way to plan for Mother Nature!
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To those of you who have cruised from Calif to Hawaii .My wife wants to know if the water is rough with the possibility of causing seasickness . She spoke to a local travel agent who said yes .The agent was "pushing" a Pride of America cruise and I don't know if she was being truthful .
Henry43, we sailed from San Diego to Hawaii in September 2008 on the Radiance of the seas. The weather was never warm until you reached Hawaii. It did not seem rough but we are good sailors. The Pacific is big and can kick up some big waves, I would be more concerned about the weather than sea conditions. The islands are beautiful once you arrive, and it's nice to see all the islands. CruiseMate's is planning a Hawaii trip next February, something you should check out. Mike
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We went on a 15-day cruise to Hawaii leaving from San Diego this past January on HAL's Zaandam. It was very rough, rough enough to make most of us seasick and cause damage to the ship. I've been on 16 cruises and that was the only time I've been sick. Everything was fine once we got to the islands. They are, indeed, beautiful. The cruise back to San Diego was rough, too, but not as bad as S.D. to Hawaii.

I would strongly recommend that you not cruise on the Pride but would very much recommend you check out the CruiseMates cruise.

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I've done this cruise several times, as well as several transatlantic crossings.

The fact is you can encounter every kind of seas. The fact is also that you might have seas as smooth as a bathtub. There is no "set rule", just as in the Caribbean or anywhere else.

Just like any other cruise, it's luck of the draw, not any norm that you can count on.

Simple rule... take bonine, then if the seas are a bit choppy you won't even notice it.
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Henry, one of our favorite cruise's was on Island Princess from LA to Hawaii and back . If you and Mrs. Henry like sea days this is the cruise for you! We didn't find any particulary "rough seas". There were some "up's and down's", but unless Mrs. Henry get's carsick or airsick, she'll be fine.

As Kuki said, you may find all kinds of seas!

If Mrs. Henry is susceptible to sea sickness (car sickness, air sickness), I'd suggest she talk to her doctor. Some people do well just taking ginger or eating green apples, some need the "behind the ear" patch. MOST people don't need anything at all! IMHO, some people get themselves so worked up about being seasick that they make themselves sick .

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Henry43, we sailed from San Diego to Hawaii in September 2008 on the Radiance of the seas. The weather was never warm until you reached Hawaii. It did not seem rough but we are good sailors. The Pacific is big and can kick up some big waves, I would be more concerned about the weather than sea conditions. The islands are beautiful once you arrive, and it's nice to see all the islands. CruiseMate's is planning a Hawaii trip next February, something you should check out. Mike
We are considering the cruisemates cruise .I want to do it ,my wife is undecided .We cruised to Bermuda and nearly every passenger became ill .Wehen we cruised to the caribbean we were fine .
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We are considering the cruisemates cruise .I want to do it ,my wife is undecided .We cruised to Bermuda and nearly every passenger became ill .Wehen we cruised to the caribbean we were fine .
Henry.. I just cruised to Bermuda from NY a couple of weeks ago, and seas were very calm. So, as I said... you never know.

BTW if your TA is recommending Pride of America over Princess I wouldn't recommend using her anyway

Pride of America is the least popular ship in the NCL fleet. She does get customers simply because she's the only ship to sail strictly in Hawaiian waters.
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Henry.. I just cruised to Bermuda from NY a couple of weeks ago, and seas were very calm. So, as I said... you never know.

BTW if your TA is recommending Pride of America over Princess I wouldn't recommend using her anyway

Pride of America is the least popular ship in the NCL fleet. She does get customers simply because she's the only ship to sail strictly in Hawaiian waters.

Its not our TA ,my wife went to a storefront travel agency in our area .
I posted the following previously on another thread but did not get a response:
If you were talking to my wife and wanted to convince her to do the 2/26/11 cruise what would you tell her ?
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Its not our TA ,my wife went to a storefront travel agency in our area .
I posted the following previously on another thread but did not get a response:
If you were talking to my wife and wanted to convince her to do the 2/26/11 cruise what would you tell her ?
I'd tell her she's going to have the BEST Time, enjoying a bunch of sea days going and coming, and getting to see Hawaii (saving HOURS of flying time), with close to a 100 GREAT cruisemates on a wonderful ship!

If that doesn't do it, she really doesn't want to go
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I just read on another thread that Princess beds are soft .That may be a problem because having just had back surgery I require a firm bed
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I just read on another thread that Princess beds are soft .That may be a problem because having just had back surgery I require a firm bed
Would one of my egg crate thingys help. I think all the cruise lines have these available is needed. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. Below is a picture of the egg crate thingy I'm talking about. I haven't cruised the San Diego to Hawaii, but I have cruise the Miami to Europe (transatlantic) we had very smooth seas. My Alaskan cruise had the roughest seas. My hubby and I are good saliors no seasickness problems.
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I just read on another thread that Princess beds are soft .That may be a problem because having just had back surgery I require a firm bed
Henry, both of us like a firm bed and have never had a problem with Princess' bed's. Usually, the people who ask for the egg crate's want a "softer" bed.

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We were on the Golden Princess in April/may to Hawaii. If being seasick is a problem, get a mid ship cabin in the lower levels....less motion is felt there.

Beds were on the firm side.


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To those of you who have cruised from Calif to Hawaii .My wife wants to know if the water is rough with the possibility of causing seasickness . She spoke to a local travel agent who said yes .The agent was "pushing" a Pride of America cruise and I don't know if she was being truthful .
Well, seasickness is a question of mind over matter.

If you don't mind, then it doesn't matter. ;-)

Seriously, the "Pacific" (literally, "peaceful") got that name because it was much more peaceful than the Atlantic when European explorers first discovered it....

I have done two vacation cruises on the open waters of the Pacific. The first was my last Princess cruise, which was to to "French Polynesia and Samoa" round trip from Papeete, French Polynesia, aboard MV Tahitian Princess (since renamed MV Ocean Princess) -- a very small ship that rode very smoothly. The second was a round trip cruise to Hawai'i from Los Angeles aboard GTS Infinity (since renamed GTS Celebrity Infinity). The seas were so calm that the ship apparently did not use the dynamic stabilizers during the transit -- a decision that resulted in a slight, but very smooth, roll that was only noticeable if one sat at the stern and looked at the horizon beyond the far side of the ship. Neither was in any way unsettling to any of the passengers onboard.

By contrast, the waters between the United States and Bermuda are notoriously one of the roughest areas of the ocean that cruise ships routinely transit. Cruises to Bermuda typically have the highest incidence of seasickness of any itinerary for this reason.

As others have pointed out, it's always possible that you may encounter a storm on any of the world's oceans. Nonetheless, I would not recommend that she stay home. She could bring a supply of Drammamine to take in case of need if that would reassure her.

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She does not want to be in a stupor and therefore would not take any medication
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We were on the Golden Princess in April/may to Hawaii. If being seasick is a problem, get a mid ship cabin in the lower levels....less motion is felt there.

Beds were on the firm side.


The cruise was grrrrrreat!
We are going on the Feb group cruise, too.

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I didn't mean an inside cabin, A cabin on the Caribe deck is lower on the ship and you would feel less ocean motion. Caribe also has a larger balcony than other decks A cabin closer to the middle of the ship also would have less motion than those fore and aft.
Hope this helps....now book it, Danno!
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I need an intervention ,perhaps all the CM members can come to my house ,
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She does not want to be in a stupor and therefore would not take any medication
Bonine, non drowsy works wonders and there are no side effects. I always get a bottle of ginger root capsules from the health food store. All natural and ginger settles the stomach.

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I think you (or she) has too much information. Again, if your DW doesn't get carsick or airsick there's very little chance she'll be seasick. If she is, you can get pills from the Purser's Desk. It's really NOT that big of a deal, IMHO.

I also agree with Laura. Take a small amount of Bonine (meclazine) with you, just in case. It won't put DW in a "stupor".

I also agree with Kuki! Any TA that's "pushing" a particular cruise or cruise line is not someone you want to do business with .
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