For some of us, motion sickness isn't something we have to think about when we step aboard our classy catamaran or luxurious superyacht. We don't realise just how lucky we are – a permanently uneasy stomach is enough to put anyone off the idea of spending a week or two aboard a sea vessel. However, there's no reason a pair of wobbly legs and an unsteady belly should put you off, especially since there are a number of useful aides you can try to reduce the sensation. Check out our top five tips on cruising with seasickness.
Tip one – Choose your position
For our first tip, it's important we understand the reasons behind the problem. Motion sickness is believed to be caused when two senses report contradictory sensations, such as when your eyes see the floor itself isn't moving, but your balance is indicating otherwise. This can really knock our heads out of kilter as the various senses try to comprehend what's happening.
To counteract this, choose your seat well while the ship is in transit. When the ship rocks, the top is going to move much further than the bottom, so go below deck unless you really want that fresh air. Try and get as close to the middle as well.
Tip two – Take medication
There are plenty of options on the market for motion sickness medication. The trick is to find one that works for you. It may be a matter of trying out a few brands on long car journeys before your big trip. Or if you find it impossible to orally take the medication while you're in motion, there are options that can be ingested with other methods. Remember – it is important to clear all brands with your doctor, particularly if you are asthmatic or have other health concerns. And never take more than the recommended dose. Don't be afraid to consult alternative remedies – ginger and peppermint are both old folk medicines for calming a nervous stomach. And it certainly can't hurt to try them.
Tip Three – Distract yourself
Keeping your mind off the sensory conflict can work wonders. Try listening to music in your cabin, talking to your friend or partner on the cruise or even just lying back and closing your eyes for a bit. This removes the conflict from your brain, and can really help alleviate the symptoms of seasickness even in small doses. But don't try reading a book as this only serves to confuse the brain even further and is more than likely to make the sensation worse!
Tip Four – Watch the horizon
Rather similar to our first tip, watching the horizon gives the impression that you are stationary. After all, the horizon isn't moving, and as long as your brain is focused on that, it's not likely to be considering the other aspects of a cruise ship that give it so much trouble.
Tip Five – Take a break every few hours
This is often more down to the type of cruise you've chosen. However, if you're booking with Seafarer, rest assured that the majority of our transits last only a few hours as we jet around the Greek Islands or the Turkish coast, allowing you to get off at regular intervals to explore the crystal clear waters yourself. Allowing for a break every few hours of travelling can be one of the best ways of breaking up your nausea.
Tip Six – Take a snooze or a sleep
Following on from the above note, taking a break from consciousness does a lot to ease the sickness. A brief power nap for 20 minutes or an hour of sleep settles the stomach like nothing else, as all you're doing is looking at the inside of your eyelids.
Don't let motion sickness put you off while on a cruise – most passengers tend to adjust after a day on the boat, and consider themselves completely seaworthy after two at the most.