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Koshka February 16th, 2005 04:33 PM

Post Cruise dizziness
Hi All,

I felt little dizzy on the ship (Voyager), it did not bother me too muck - took Bonine only once.

It's been 5 days since we came back from the cruise, but I still feel dizzy (never happened to me before), and it does not seem to go away..

Wondering if anyone else had this problem?
Any suggestions?


PapBill February 16th, 2005 04:38 PM

Re: Post Cruise dizziness
Happens all the time , you will read threads about it all over. It is an inner ear thing from the subtle (or not so subtle ) motion on the ship. It will go away in a few days.

hazelson February 16th, 2005 07:47 PM

Re: Post Cruise dizziness
Make yourself a drink with an umbrella in it, sit on a deck chair and enjoy the feeling lol. It will go away eventually. TTFN Jennifer

TKelly March 1st, 2005 07:07 AM

Re: Post Cruise dizziness
Just returned from Carnival Victory on Sunday. Monday and today I feel like my home is tilting. Never heard of this and am thankful it's happening to someone else!

rockingal March 15th, 2005 03:02 PM

Re: Post Cruise dizziness

There is a rare syndrome that is becoming more common as cruising increases. A person takes month or year to get their "sea legs" back after a cruise, boat ride, or even an airplane trip. Many of us have had this syndrome for years after taking a cruise. If you feel a rocking, swaying, or bobbing motion, imbalance, and fatigue and have difficulty concentrating every day, all day, you probably have this. For a select few after being on a boat, plane or in car this feeling gets longer every time. We are not crazy or making this up it is a documented vestibular syndrome. It is generally thought to be an inability of the brain to re adjust to land.

This is called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDs). If you need information email me or contact or type in Mal de Debarquement into Google. A lot of people feel like they are going crazy when the rocking doesn't stop for weeks or months and this actual effects your ability to think and speak for most people, in some degree. We are trying to increase awareness of this syndrome and let people know what they have. I have had this for over two years after a cruise. I have had other shorter episodes after boat rides and cruises.

It is true that other types of vertigo are similar to this syndrome, but many doctors have never heard of this. Most of the people in our support group (yahoo) self-diagnosed and had to print out Medical articles (Dr. Timothy Hain) to take to our own doctors. I am just trying to get the word out that there is such a syndrome for the people who are struggling with this. I had this after my first cruise for 1.5 years; it went away in one day. I went on a 2nd cruise 6 months later and now have had it 24/7, for 2 years and 7 months, not fun. We have over 100 people in our support group and some have had it over 14 years. They cannot work or function normally. Some drugs are helpful for different people. But it helps to get ideas on treatments and coping skills.

Here's some web sites:

We have a great support group on Yahoo:
Good luck to all that have this.


linda g. March 22nd, 2005 01:29 PM

Re: Post Cruise dizziness
Thank you rockingal! The only time I suffered from cruise dizziness was aboard The Voyager of the Sea, back in 1999, on our second cruise. I had no idea what this was and it lasted for several weeks. You have brought this temporary illness to the fore and should get the word out to as many cruisers as you can.

firecrackernj2ca January 7th, 2008 10:38 PM

Carnival Pride Jan 2007: still dizzy 36 hours
Just got back from my cruise and I've been feeling queasy since I got off the boat. The last 36 hours of the cruise were very rocky and I wasn't happy about it.

Now back on land, the floor seems to move under me, I feel lightheaded, and on the verge of getting sick. Sometimes I get a bad headache too.

Relieved to see that I'm not crazy or alone on this topic. Thanks for posting your replies. I'm trying to eat regularly to keep my blood sugar from dropping (problem I have anyway) and drink tea made w/ ginger, to help w/ the nausea.

Hope you all feel better soon too.

Carol Powers February 26th, 2008 01:20 PM

Post Cruise Vertigo
We just arrived home Sunday night from Carnival Elation's 5 day Baja and the house is bobbing up and down! I experienced some motion sickness the last half day of sailing as the sea was choppy for about 36 hours after leaving Cabo and the captain was "gunnin'" it to get back to port in San Diego. It subsided though after I took a Pepcid tablet (free sample from our cabin) and had a nap. Now that we're home though this rocking sensation won't seem to subside. I'm wondering if it's an inner ear de-stabilization thing?

Suzie Q June 28th, 2008 12:46 PM

Hello. I returned to California in the evening on May 14 from a cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea (port of Athens), 15 hours in the air, and a car ride home from the airport only to end up in the emergency room in the wee hours the next day. Severe vertigo was the diagnosis, but a horrendous non-stop, non-throbbing headache was the major symptom. After an MRI, CT scan, blood tests, visit to the well known House Ear Clinic, balance tests, and medication that seems to have made it worse, I still have a constant, vicious headache, but no dizziness, spinning, tinnitus, or sensitivity to light. It has been nearly impossible to work, although I've tried. Next step is a neurologist. First I was diagnosed with Meniere's disease, then migraine (some doctors don't listen to your symptoms). Am on Tylenol and Valium, which helps a little. Could all of this be related to the cruise and air travel? Any idea what to do about it, who specializes in treatment, or when it might end? I've had very few headaches or illnesses in my life, and I am 62. Thanks for any suggestions.

Suzie Q July 6th, 2008 02:46 AM

Thank you all, dear friends, for your helpful posts, especially re: Mal de Debarquement. I don't think the last doctor, the second neurologist, who listened to me and helped me feel like I wasn't a freak, was all that familiar with Mal de Debarquement. But together, the neurologist and me, decided I would try going cold turkey to get off ALL the pain medicine, which at this point was Tylenol and a bit of Valium before bed to make the headache go away a little so I could at least sleep.

Within 24 hours of stopping all medication, the headache, which by now I had for about six weeks straight, reduced a little, and every day since I have been feeling better little by little. Our conclusion (pending one more CT this coming week, this time focused on the ear) is that I am extremely sensitive to pain medicine of all kinds (which I knew to some extent before), and combined with getting off bus and boat excursions, a cruise ship, town car, etc., the drugs aggravated the post-cruise motion sickness. What started the chain, I believe, was pain killers at the start of and through the cruise for a knee that I sprained the first port out.

That three doctors (internist, ENT specialist, and the first neurologist) prescribed MORE medicine (despite my telling them I was sensitive to general anesthesia and pain pills) which made the pain increase more and more to absolute agony and inability to do hardly anything, is a violation of doctors' primary rule, "Do no harm." I am not generally a cynical person, but that so many doctors pushed drugs without bothering to listen and research the possibility of allergic reactions to pain killers makes me question the practices of doctors towards drug salespersons, who seem to always be in the doctors' waiting rooms!

My suggestion to those who are suffering severe headaches after considerable post-cruise vertigo: Try to keep off the pain meds if you can handle it, and see what happens.

Good luck to everyone.

Suzie Q

ferrangi July 14th, 2008 04:41 PM

When we came back from our last (first) cruise... I had sea legs for about 4 days.... that's crazy stuff. But I had already experienced that going fishing on the river with my dad when I was a kid... we'd be out all day and when we got back to the harbor I'd start swaying back & forth.
I thought is was cool back then... Now, not so much!

Do you think the longer your cruise, the longer your sea legs? Last cruise 4 days... next cruise... 7 days. LOL

colorcrazie July 15th, 2008 01:31 PM

I think that the motion of the ship is a bigger factor than the length of the cruise. And since they tend to use older, smaller ships for shorter cruises, you may find that the newer ship with newer stabilizer technology will result in less of a problem for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. This is one time when I really want to be right.

ferrangi July 19th, 2008 10:39 AM


Originally Posted by colorcrazie
I think that the motion of the ship is a bigger factor than the length of the cruise. And since they tend to use older, smaller ships for shorter cruises, you may find that the newer ship with newer stabilizer technology will result in less of a problem for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. This is one time when I really want to be right.

Thank you. Oh boy, I'm getting really excited now. I was a little concerned (obviously not too concerne or I wouldn't have booked another cruise) LOL
On my last cruise, I started to get a little queezy... then I started thinking about all the money I spent to pay for this cruise...what was I going to do if I got sea sick... then I started giving myself an anxiety attack... I told my sis' quick where are the sea sick pills... we hurried back to the cabin and by the time we got there I was fine. And I was fine the rest of the cruise..
Want to hear the kicker?? We hadn't left the dock yet....
rofl rofl rofl

colorcrazie July 19th, 2008 01:55 PM

AH yes, the dreaded sea sick anticipation symptoms! Had them myself. Actually, there can be a tiny bit of motion even when docked and the sub-concious can decide to panic. I buy meclizine/bonine and carry it in my pocket. I chew one the instant I even thinkI'm feeling queasy or dizzy. That at least tells my brain to calm down, the problem is being addressed. We humans are so wierd sometimes.
LOL :shock: LOL

LynzzieRN August 21st, 2008 07:20 PM

I just returned the 19th from a 4 night cruise. We ran into Tropical Storm Fay and the last 24 hours or so of the cruise was horrendous rocking. Even people on the stage were toppling over. I had always gotten a bit sea-sick on my prior cruise but the scopolimine patch took care of it. But this time was different - I actually ended up physically ill. We spent an extra night in a hotel during the storm then returned home. I'm still dizzy and feel almost "floaty". I took my patch off yesterday and I'm much worse today. I have an extra patch - I'm thinking of putting it on to try and help. Hopefully it'll be gone in a few days. But really, it's ok - I broke my foot my last day in Fort Lauderdale during a storm so I'm chilling on the couch anyways.

ferrangi August 21st, 2008 11:04 PM


Originally Posted by LynzzieRN
I just returned the 19th from a 4 night cruise. We ran into Tropical Storm Fay and the last 24 hours or so of the cruise was horrendous rocking. Even people on the stage were toppling over. I had always gotten a bit sea-sick on my prior cruise but the scopolimine patch took care of it. But this time was different - I actually ended up physically ill. We spent an extra night in a hotel during the storm then returned home. I'm still dizzy and feel almost "floaty". I took my patch off yesterday and I'm much worse today. I have an extra patch - I'm thinking of putting it on to try and help. Hopefully it'll be gone in a few days. But really, it's ok - I broke my foot my last day in Fort Lauderdale during a storm so I'm chilling on the couch anyways.

I hope the first part of the cruise was much better for you. :wink:

LynzzieRN August 22nd, 2008 02:10 PM

follow-up post
so since my last post i've done some research and found that much of the dizziness and nausea may be due to scopolamine patch withdrawal. I used it for 7 days and apparently if you use it past the recommended 3 days, you can have a withdrawal syndrome with dizziness, nausea, vomiting, headache, lethargy, etc. I started taking antivert last night and it seems to be helping a lot! i'm still rocking a bit in my head but not nearly as bad as yesterday.

Pattizoo August 23rd, 2008 01:52 AM

I have had this dizziness happen on several occasions, lasting from 2 weeks to 2 months after cruising. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to when it happens. 4 days on a 110' tall ship left me dizzy for 2 weeks. The only respite was the few hours I sailed on an afternoon cruise (same ship.) The dizziness went away completely while we were at sea. The 2 hour drive home was hell! Another cruise on the tall ship, including 2 days with high seas- no problem! 14 days, same ship- no problem.

First cruise on a regular big cruise ship- 4 day Mexico trip on Carnival- I was down for almost 2 months. After the next trip it was only a few hours. After 34 days last year on the Pacific Princess- didn't miss a step. Go figure. We are headed out for 14 days on the Millenium the end of next month- I hope that perhaps I am beyond the problem. I AM glad to have a name for the problem, just in case it happens again. I have no intention to give up cruising!!

geekdll September 8th, 2008 05:07 PM

Hey All,

I went on my first cruise for 4 nights 5 days. Got home friday 9/5 around 12:30pm started getting dizzy around 6pm that friday. I went the next day to the ER room because the dizziness didn't go away and I never felt this way before they tested my sugar level and vitals took some blood and all was good I felt alittle better (they precrided me "Meclizine" then left the hospital and felt dizzy again and have felt this way since. Meclizine doesn't do anything for me. I have a appointment today with my doctor to see what his diagnosed is on me. From what I have read online I might have "sea legs" hopefully but hopefully its not "Mal de Dabarquement Syndrome" Thanks to everyone who posted this information has been very helpfull. I will post my updates here.

Dave'sGirl October 22nd, 2008 04:20 PM

Oh sure... updates...

I had all kinds of problems from about mid-cruise onward when I went on my first cruise. Every time I stepped off the ship, the ground was moving. It was about a week after I got home before the sensation finally left me. Good thing it was just a weird "dizzy" feeling and not nausea to go with.

They tell me it doesn't happen with every cruise, so I have high hopes for the next one. 37 days and counting.

Overit January 3rd, 2013 06:50 PM

Its been over a yr since I went on a cruise and I still have that swaying feeling.... Ive been to specialists had cat scan etc and nothing helps ..Im really fed up with it and dont know what to do... I feel like nobody beleives me and Im going insane :(

ob653 February 3rd, 2013 12:20 PM

Both my wife and I are experiencing the same exact symptoms. This is our fourth cruise and have never had an issue before. We took the Carnival Breeze, their newest ship for a 6 day. My wife's dizziness started after she took her first shower once home. I laughed at her. Just took a shower this morning, and felt it start then...should have stayed dirty! I am trying some Sudafed hoping it ties in to sinuses and ears. I noticed on the ship my left ear hearing coming and going on the last day at sea. No dizziness on board, and never had, but the sea was a little rough and the wind was always ~30 knots. Hope it goes away soon. Good luck with yours! Keep us posted!

judacrisna September 27th, 2014 03:29 PM

dizziness/vertigo could be from your neck
hi all- i just wanted to share something i have experience with. if you have dizziness/vertigo/mal de debarquement longterm after a cruise, it could be stemming from a misalignment/irritated nerves/soft tissue damage in your upper neck. you can google plenty about the correlation between upper neck nerves and balance. (all of those nerves connect to your head, ears, eyes etc). google upper cervical chiropractic and check it out. also, if you have soft tissue damage in addition (or your adjustments just don't hold), look into some supplemental prolotherapy. it's amazing how many symptoms can come from just the neck being screwed up. there are so many nerves up there. been having great success with this. :) :)

tittatty October 13th, 2014 11:05 AM

3 day 4 night cruise to the Bahamas caused major land sickness
I just took a 3 day 4 night cruise to the bahamas with a land excursion which lead us into very choppy waters in a small boat. We were on the royal Caribbean enchantment of the sea ship. I am not sure what caused it but once off the ship, I felt very sick. I thought it was hang over from the alcohol and what not from the partying for 3 days but then it did not stop. I swayed back and forth and threw up for two days. It's now one week later exactly since I got off the boat and I am no longer swaying or throwing up but my head hurts like it is in a vice grip and its being tightened. I wanted to share what has helped me so far:

First days of sickness - Promethazine. anxiety medications didn't help so much as the nausea med did.
After initial sickness stopped I started on emergenC which is just vitamins but they did wonders for me along with the B-12 at night. I still sleep about 10-12 hours at night.

Day 7 and I still have a horrid headache and feel like I am running at about 70% normal but I will take that over previous feeling. I am not swaying so much, occasionally later at night it comes and I take the Promethazine to avoid the motion sickness which is the absolute worse feeling. Honestly I found that sugar also helps so I am basically drinking sprite all day.

At this point my headache is the concern and will have to go to an ENT but I also suspect the use of the drugs are causing a sort of hang over so I plan to use them less and less.

Hope this helps someone else. My advice is if you get motion sickness at all, get your doctor to prescribe you the promethazine before you cruise so you have it when you get off.

Good Luck! My cruising days are over, I enjoyed it but not worth it at all.

Paullynn September 30th, 2015 06:47 PM

Dizzy, swaying feeling
Hi, I was on a ferry the other day for about half an hour heading over to isle of mejeres in mexico, i was fine when i got over but on the way back it was a lot more wild when i got home i started feeling dizzy and feeling like i was bopping up and down like i was still on the boat. I still feel like this a day after the ferry does anyone know how long this will last i am really worried? Thanks

eri10 May 2nd, 2016 01:35 PM

So I got off the Carnival Miracle on Saturday morning around 10:00 in Long Beach. Me living in New Hampshire I flew home last night, and got into Boston at 9:00 p.m. For the last 48 hours of my trip back to Long Beach were very bumpy. My parents seem to claim the same thing, but not my sister. The captain was going really fast the last day which was Friday which made 85% of the people on the boat fall onto the ground. The plane ride home for me didn't help at all. On the plane I grabbed the barf bag and started breathing into it I was so nauseous. Then on the plane I decided to go to the bathroom. When I went to the bathroom I had to hold on very tightly to the sink because of the turbulance. When I was on the cruise, the crew were very nice and were saying to drink ginger ale and that it helped, but having not felt like I wasn't walking in a straight line until 1:30 p.m on Saturday, I obviously didn't drink any ginger ale. It wasn't until my flight home until I had 3 cans of ginger ale, but the ginger ale only made me feel more nauseous than I already felt. Now I'm just laying down in my bed afraid to eat, drink, or even get up to go to the bathroom because I'm afraid I'm going to pass out, faint, or fall down or up the stairs because that's hard for me. When I was driving home last night from flying into the airport I felt a lot better, and I was normal and just listening to music like I normally do, but when I got home and stood on the ground is when I just had to sit down. I feel like my house is tipping to the right, and then tipping to the left, etc. and I can't do anything about it. When I walk I can't even tell if I'm walking in a strait line, and I'm so tired but I can't fall asleep. Every time I ride an elevator, or walk up or down the stairs all I can see is the elevators on the cruise or the stairs on the cruise. For the past two days I've been crying nonstop because I'm so confused to where are the crew members are. I don't even feel like I'm at home, I feel like it's Wednesday night and I just got back onto the cruise in Puerto Vallarta ready for my two days at sea. It feels like I'm dreaming. And the worst thing, is that I have all of these pictures from my trip on my phone, and I don't even remember what they are, when I took them, or even remember taking them. It's like my whole vacation was some big dream, and this is the nightmare.

mintymoo October 20th, 2017 08:35 AM

hi , I have had this on and off for a few years. worked out I should avoid boats, long air flights, and would you believe lifts. Its all about the amount of time you spend on the boats etc. taking one lift does not affect me but if staying in a hotel and going up and down a few times a day for a few days will certainly set the floaties off. It does go away. might take weeks or days. my fear is that it might not go away one time and I will float for the rest of my life. god forbid. I did find out something that may be some help for someone else. I found if i put a towel on my head and made it into a turban and wore that around all day it lessened the symptoms . I know it sounds weird but the heaviness on my head sort of grounded me. Give it a go fellow floaters !! :idea:

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