How to avoid getting seasick on a cruise

How to avoid getting seasick on a cruise

There’s nothing more exciting than jumping aboard a cruise during a summer holiday, but for some of us it can be uncomfortable, especially if you frequently experience motion or sea sickness.

While it’s a very real possibility, there are a few things you can do to prevent queasiness and, if you do still fall ill, remedy it quickly. Here’s our top tips about how to avoid getting seasick. 

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1. What you eat

If it’s a particularly choppy day out at sea, watch how much you eat and drink. Avoid excessive alcohol and foods or liquids that “do not agree with you” or make you feel unusually full.

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2. Know where to sit

Try to sit or stand where you will experience the least amount of motion such as your room or in a restaurant. Standing on deck isn’t advised when the boat’s a rockin’! It might also help to close your eyes.

3. Avoid others

Get away from others who may be experiencing motion sickness, because that just might make you feel sick when you weren’t feeling unwell in the first place.

4. Bring medication

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Take some over-the-counter medications with you. If you’ve had severe motion sickness before, it could be worthwhile seeing your doctor beforehand regarding stronger medicines.

5. Take natural remedies

Ginger is by far the most common herbal remedy for seasickness and motion sickness. Take it in capsule form, which you can buy at health food stores.

6. Look at the horizon

You’ve heard it before but some cruise experts swear by it. The only thing that is stationary is the horizon when you’re on a rough sea and looking at it will provide some relief.

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7. Go for the juice

If there’s any way to get your hands on a carrot juice on board, do it. The carrot will help to calm you down and replenish your senses.

8. Keep cool

Suck on an ice cube to help calm your stomach and prevent the feeling queasiness.

9. Stay minty fresh

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Eat or drink some peppermint, whether in lozenge form or tea. Kids will like this too if you’re travelling with the grandies.

10. Just breathe

Practice your breathing when you start to feel woozy. Take a seat and breathe deeply and sip on some cool water.

11. Have a cuppa

Drink a herbal tea to settle your stomach and prevent vomiting.

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12. Don’t look down

Avoid books and screens as well as reading anything. Your inner ear can get confused with the motion and your eyes on a fixed spot.

14. Clean your ears

Wax build up can make it harder for your body to adjust to high altitudes and make you feel sick.

Do you have any other tips for people who want to avoid sea sickness on a cruise? Let us know your tips in the comments section below. 

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