Tips For Getting Rid of Sea Sickness on a Cruise

You’re outside on the deck of a luxury cruise ship; the moon is full and the stars glow. Music and laughter drift from the lower decks. But then the ship lurches once too often. Your stomach flips, your face turns green, and you make a hasty retreat to the restroom.

Sea sickness can really take the romance out of cruising. That queasy, nauseous feeling comes from an imbalance of the inner ear caused by repetitive bobbing motion. “It is when our balance system notes a discrepancy between what our inner ears sense and out eyes sense that motion sickness can take hold,” Otolaryngologist Dr Horst Konrad stated in “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies.” The result is nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sweatiness and other symptoms that make you want to jump ship.

There are prescription and over-the-counter medications to combat sea sickness, including Dramamine and Bonine. However, Dr Konrad asserts that motion sickness is partially psychological. “If you think you are going to throw up, you’re probably going to.” So here are some simple, non-medical tips from “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies” and Medicinenet.com for enjoying your cruise and for keeping that sinking, bobbing, swaying feeling at bay.

* Location, location, location. Choose a cabin on the lower deck near the center of the ship. This is the most balanced area of ship and least likely to be affected by the constant motion.

* Avoid heavy, rich meals and excessive alcohol. This advice may seem like it defeats the whole purpose of a cruise, but what good is all that food if it ends up, well, going down the drain? Moderation is key.

* Ginger is a home remedy for sea sickness that could work for you. According to The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies, researchers theorize that it helps absorbs stomach acids and aids in preventing that sick-to-your-stomach feeling. Go to your local health food store and stock up on ginger capsules, ginger drinks or ginger chews. Gin-Gins, a company that markets to travelers, claims its candy has 30 percent fresh ginger.

* Stay away from strong odors of any kind.

* Leave your cabin and spend time outside on deck. Plenty of fresh air is recommended for sea sickness so take advantage of the crisp ocean breeze. Word of caution, however, while you are out in your deck chair don’t be tempted to thumb through a novel or magazine. The movement combined with the print on the page will exacerbate nausea and dizziness.

* Instead, keep try to keep your body motionless and if possible, focus on the beautiful blue horizon in front of you. Gazing at a fixed point will reduce the feeling of movement and help realign your balance.

* Finally, remember sea sickness won’t last forever. Eventually your system will adjust to the movement and your vertigo will subside. You’ll have your sea legs and dancing shoes and be on your way to a great cruise in no time.