Coping with Seasickness on a Cruise
By Anna Lynn Sibal
Probably the most common reason that deters people from going on cruises is fear of seasickness. Many people assume that seasickness is an illness that they automatically get once they step on the ship.
Of course this is not true. While some people are indeed prone to being seasick, seasickness is not some kind of virus that one catches once he gets on board a cruise ship. Seasickness is motion sickness experienced on a boat at sea. It is the reaction the body shows as its inner balance is thrown off by the ship's constant motion across the waters.
Seasickness does not usually require medication. It disappears after some time, often after a few hours or a couple of days, after the body's inner balance has adjusted accordingly to the motion on board the ship – gotten its sea legs, in sailors' parlance.
If you know you are prone to getting seasick, an ounce of prevention definitely helps. Book a midship cabin so you will get to experience the least amount of motion on board a ship. Remember to drink a lot of water and to get enough fresh air.
If you do get afflicted with seasickness, you should not take it as a reason not to enjoy your cruise. On the contrary, rather than let it spoil your trip, you should use seasickness as a reason to get more involved in the activities offered on board your cruise ship. You should go ahead and explore the decks, read a book while lounging at your balcony, go on tours, watch the shows, join in the dancing or in the games. Engaging in such activities gets your attention away from the dizziness and the nausea. Getting busy gets your mind occupied as the body adjusts and gets back its inner balance.
Another thing you should do when experiencing seasickness is to avoid getting your body in a horizontal position. When the body is on a horizontal position, it feels the ship's movements more. The body is also more liable to feel the ship's movements as it sails across the waters because the mind is not occupied. So, try not to lie down or go on naps while your body struggles with the sensation of everything spinning around you.
You can also combat seasickness by being careful with what you eat. Of course this can be easier said than done, since cruise ships usually offer scrumptious buffet meals with dishes that may look exotic to you. However, because you just do not know how exactly your body will react to the food you will take in, it is best to avoid the strange-looking stuff. Stick to the food you know and will give you comfort for the meantime, until your body gets over being seasick.
When seasick, just remember to keep moving so your body is forced to adjust to the ship's movements. Just walk around the decks. This can be an added bonus for you despite your debilitation, as you will never know whom you will meet and what you will encounter on board a ship.
If the seasickness does not disappear after a couple of days or so, go ahead and see your cruise ship physician.