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Old February 16th, 2015, 05:18 PM
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Default First Time Cruiser: Forward stateroom vs. Mid-Forward Stateroom

We are planning an Alaska Cruise from San Francisco on Princess Cruises, The Golden Princess. The only room avail was a forward room, I've heard it's a rough ride at Sea, we have an opportunity to switch the date were going to move our room to a Mid-Forward Room but will have to pay $400 more for it. I am worried about seasickness, rough ride, etc., is it worth switching our forward stateroom, pay more and be in a mid-forward room? Has anyone taken an Alaska Cruise from SF and been in a Forward Stateroom or Mid-Forward Stateroom? I have to made the decision soon, thank you.
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Old February 16th, 2015, 08:26 PM
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The worst seas I've ever been in was on San Francisco to Seattle leg, that being said I don't think forward to mid-forward will make much difference if you have bad weather(low decks are best too, so deck 3 mid ship is optimal).

Do you know you experience sea sickness or just aren't sure? They have medication you can take that will lesson symptoms but you should start 3 days prior to departure for the best effect. If your sailing is still awhile off I would just call once a wk and see if other rooms have opened up due to cancellations or someone upgrading no need to change dates.
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Old February 17th, 2015, 03:55 PM
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I'll be honest I have never sailed this route, however we have sailed around the horn of Africa, and the Bay of Biscay. My wife who cannot go on a rowing boat or pedelo without being sea sick, has done both without the need for seasickness tablets. The key point being we have had cabins right up front, at the back and also in the middle, to her it made no difference, she was okay. But I will quantify that by saying, if it gets really bad in conditions, it dont matter where your cabin is, all on the ship are going to feel it.
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Old March 8th, 2015, 01:18 PM
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I have extreme motion sickness and cruise fairly often
and here are my parameters for not getting ill:
1. book midship or forward...
never rear.
2.always have a balcony or ocean view
3. buy sea bands..NEVER cruise without them
they even started a pink line that works for morning sickness
4. try to be in ttowards the upper decks of the ship.
following this...
I have been nauseous once..
during VERY stormy weather.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 10:14 PM
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If there is a rough sea there will be difference between forward and mid-forward cabin, it also depends on which deck is your cabin. But I would recommend you to take with you seasick pills just in case. Don't take them in advance. If you see that the ship starts to roll then take as it prescribes. The important in the anti-seasickness measures is not to wait for the first symptoms of nausea and you will be fine.
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Old March 16th, 2015, 11:47 PM
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If you've ever watched the show Mythbusters, they debunked what alot of people thing about seasickness remedies. After trying all the usual treatments; bonine, patches, wristbands, etc, they found that ginger pills work the best. Simple, easy, cheap, and available over the counter. It's been a Chinese remedy for thousands of years. Doctors recommend ginger ale for morning sickness in pregnant ladies for a reason.

Most of the remedies have side affects; drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, etc. And sometimes taking these things cause you more discomfort than they are worth, especially if the seas never get rough and it turns out you didn't need them in the first place. Ginger pills have no after taste or side affects.

Also, contrary to what others have said, whatever you decide to take you must start using them about 3 days prior to the cruise. If you wait until you start to get motion sickness, it's already too late.

And another myth is that not being able to see the horizon is worse/better than being able to see the horizon. Everyone is different and just because one person does better or worse when seeing the horizon or not seeing the horizon does not mean you will react the same.

Having spent 6 years in the Navy and having done 48 cruises around the world is some very rough seas, I can personally tell you that there is no one size fits all when it comes to what works and what doesn't.

Now, with all that said, yes, sometimes the seas from San Francisco north can be a bit on the rough side. And yes, the front of a ship will fee the most 'motion of the ocean' than the back or the middle. Also, lower is better. Unfortunately, the best place to be is in the middle of the ship and these cabins always cost more and sell out quickly. And I know you really don't want to hear this, but this is the main reason why you always want to book a cruise as soon as possible and not wait for those 'last minute' specials you always see advertised. (It's usually nothing more than smoke and mirrors anyway.)

Best advice is to be prepared. If you have a problem with motion sickness, start whatever you decide to use as a preventative before the cruise. Hopefully, your seas will be calm and your cruise will be wonderful.

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