You’re in your stateroom when all of a sudden you feel the ground is rocking.
But everything looks like it’s standing still. You sit quickly as you begin to feel nauseous and dizzy.
What you’ve experienced is sea sickness.
Luckily, it’s easy to combat sea sickness and get back to having fun on your cruise.
The Causes of Sea Sickness
Sea sickness, also known as motion sickness, affects a third of travelers – even in mild circumstances.
Three types of motion causes sea sickness. This includes motion that’s felt but not seen, motion that’s seen but not felt and when both senses detect motion but the movement doesn’t correspond. Travelers usually experience the first and third variety.
The result of this disagreement between how you’re visually perceiving your motion and your inner ear balance system is called sea sickness.
Common symptoms include nausea, dizziness and fatigue.
Sea sickness affects cruisers in high proportions – especially those with inside cabins who are unable to see the horizon.
Untreated, sea sickness will disappear within a few days as the brain gets used to this new environment. But, with a limited amount of time to enjoy the trip, most cruisers decide to hurry the process along.
How To Fight Sea Sickness
Before Feeling Sea Sick
Best stateroom for someone prone to sea sickness:
- A room with a window. You have a point of reference that you can focus on when you feel movement.
- A larger ship. The larger the ship, the less it will rock and the less movement you will feel.
- A stateroom in the middle. There’s less movement in the middle of the ship.
After Feeling Sea Sick
The most popular methods to battle sea sickness are over-the-counter and prescription tablets or patches. Be sure to check with your physician to make sure these medications won’t conflict with any you’re currently taking.
You may have to try a few methods to find what works for you.
Untreated, sea sickness can put a damper on your trip. Good thing the remedies aren’t as complicated as the causes!
Enjoy earning your sea legs!
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