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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Default Motion Sickness (Sea Sick)

Of all the cruises I have been on I have never been Sea Sick (Knock on wood). I have never taken any kind of prevention med so I want to make a POLL or views on prevention. I have heard of many but I wish to round up the meds you all have had good luck with.

Reason of this: I have a friend who has never cruised or been sick so I want to pass your information to him/her.

What is best to prevent being sick onboard a sailing ship?
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I always take Dramamine in the morning before I get on the ship and then take it for the next day or two, I then stop taking it and have had no problem except for one time . Our last night on Inspiration the sae was very rough and after dinner I didn't feel to good so I went back to the cabin and went to sleep and all was fine.


I don't really know if I even would need it however my thinking is since laying on a hammock gets be dizzy it just a good idea to take until my body adapts to the motion.
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We have always taken the generic for Bonine (Meclizine) starting the day before boarding the cruise. We usually take it for several days into the cruise and then taper off. If the seas are rough, we usually resume taking it. Have never had a problem with meds or getting seasick. Don't know if we even need it, but better safe than sorry!
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I have heard that Bonine does do the trick. I think by keeping food always in your stomach also helps a lot, and very easy to do while cruising...Most of the ships today, have stablizers, so there is not a lot of motion..
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 01:47 PM
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Since you mentioned 'sailing ship', I have to ask; is your friend wanting to do a cruise on a tall sailing ship or a cruise ship? Obviously, movement on a sailing ship is going to considerably different than that on a large cruise ship. As was mentioned, cruise ships have stabilizers, which make the ride much more smoother than those without them. All the newer ships have computer controlled stabilizers, which are wonderful.

Because of the dynamics of how a ship moves through the water and how the wind and waves affect a ship, the absolute best place on a ship to be is in the middle as low as possible. Obviously, if you want a balcony, low is not an option.

As far as what to use to help prevent motion sickness, there are many solutions available; some over-the-counter and others by prescription. Any of those involving drugs will usually have some side affects, which can be undesirable; sleepiness, dizziness, lack of appetite, etc. Some people are affected by these more than others.

Some people report good benefits with the acupressure wristbands.

Another option, which has been around for thousands of years is ginger. They sell ginger tablets over-the-counter and cheaply. It has no side affects and has been proven to work for many people. In fact, the guys on Mythbusters did a show about motion sickness and they found the ginger worked better for them than all the other options.

But no matter what option he decides to use, he has to start using it about 3 days in advance in order to get the best affect. Waiting until he gets seasick, should that happen, is too late.

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Stabilizers produce drag, which costs money in fuel, so cruise lines are, shall we say, hesitant, to deploy them.
They are very happy to tell you they have them, though.

I just watched a show on the Queen Mary 2. They were in 20-foot seas all day, and the passengers were NOT doing well. The show performers were hesitant to perform doe to the motion, and only THEN did they deploy the stabilizers (and alter course to match the wave direction). They cancelled the show anyways (and I bet the stabilizers were immediately retracted).

Incidentally, stabilizer fins work well for the side-to-side (rocking) motion, but are useless for the front-to-back (up and down) motion.
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I learned about Bonine from CM .I take one pill as soon as I board the ship.
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I also read green apples do the trick.
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The ship in reference is not a sail ship, it is a large cruise ship cruising the Caribbean.

Thanks all of you for the info. I knew or at least have been told all of the suggestions. Just wanted to review and hear from you guys.

Any more suggestions?

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I have never been truly seasick on any ship. The closest I came was on the Epic when we had to stay overnight in Cozumel because the winds were too strong to move away from the pier. Once in route from Cozumel to Miami the Captain had the ship at full speed in 20 ft. seas. I made the mistake of sitting on the balcony and staring down at the water for about ten minutes. That's when I started to feel ill. I got up and went inside and within a few minutes I felt fine.

Overall, very few people actually get seasick on a cruise ship. Most of them may have a little too much to drink and eat food a little too much rich food and get ill.

Take some ginger and meclazine, just in case and tell him/her to not worry.

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I have only experience seasickness once. That was in a troop carrier sailing through a typhoon in the Pacific.

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I hear that, Manuel! First time I went out onboard a ship when I was in the Navy back in the late '60s, we hit 75' swells and I got unbelievably seasick! I would not have been surprised to see my shoes coming out of my mouth I was throwing up so hard. But it's true what they say about once you get seasick like that; you never get seasick again! I've never come close to getting seasick since that time even though I've been in some pretty rough seas.

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Pete, it's good to hear that once you get really seasick, you never get it again.

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Well, not saying it's true for everyone, but it's definitely true for me and alot of sailors I've known through the years. It was always a running joke whenever we'd see someone turning green at the gills and not having their sea legs. Of course, they learn very quickly to use the leeward side to take care of business and not the windward side!!

And speaking of sea legs, there's alot of truth to that one, too! You can always tell a sailor who's been out to sea for many months; they walk funny when they get off the ship! They sort of look like Popeye with the bow legs. That's from walking, as they teach them to do, with their feet wide apart and their knees bent - makes it easy to walk when the ship is rocking. Takes them a while to get their 'land' legs back.

Can't tell you how many times I've met another Navy sailor on a cruise ship during rough seas and together we'll get a huge laugh out of watching landlubbers try to walk on the rocking ship. We were once on a ship in the Atlantic and they couldn't get the stabilizers deployed. This other old salt and I were in hysterics watching people trying to navigate down the promenade.

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Those of us who love the sea don't mind if the ship rocks.

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Got that right!

We did a 10-night cruise from Baltimore up to Canada/New England and you know how the Atlantic can be. We purchased an inside guarantee and they put us in a cabin that was as far forward as you can possible get and still be on the ship. Well, as luck would have it, we hit some pretty good waves one night and we were actually being lifted off our beds. It was great and we had a ball! Others? Not so much. They weren't happy at all. The next day we were talking to the captain and asked him if we could do that again! The captain laughed and said to me, "You must be a sailor!" We got a good laugh out of that, but the people standing around us thought we were nuts!!

It's tough for those who don't love it to understand why those of us who do, absolutely love the sea.

Guess that's why I decided to get into the business and cruise whenever I can. To me, there's nothing to beat sitting on my balcony, having a nice drink, smoking a cigar (yes, I hear the groans with that one), and watching the sun set over a beautiful sea with my wife at my side. Life just doesn't get any better than that!

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To me, there's nothing to beat sitting on my balcony, having a nice drink, smoking a cigar (yes, I hear the groans with that one), and watching the sun set over a beautiful sea with my wife at my side. Life just doesn't get any better than that!

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Pete, you're a cool guy. I too love to watch the sun setting over the ocean and also to see the moon reflecting on the water at night.
I do enjoy a nice drink and I did smoke cigars for some time. About 25 years ago, I had a bad throat infection and I had to stop smoking.

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Hey Ray. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) buys meclizine, over the counter at Wal Mart, or Walgreens, as it can be bought that way, in quantities of 100 for only about 9 or 10 dollars, per bottle. When we're sailing, she takes one every morning, whether she needs it or not, and has NEVER had a problem. I, like you, never have a problem, except on that TROOP SHIP in the Pacific, on the way to Japan/Vietnam.

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