Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Jun 16, 2012
    Angelica from GA Asked

    Hello - we're a family of five (three children - 8, 4, and 2) who just booked our first cruise ever on the Fantasy. We're really excited, but one think I'm wondering is if there's a way to tell if someone is prone to getting seasick? Any precautions?

    Hi Angelica,

    I really understand your concern.  I suffer from very bad vertigo myself.   I'm happy to say that I learned how to prevent it... prevention is the key to a wonderful sailing!   My kids never had a problem onboard probably because they moved so much more than the ship ever did. 

    I get a prescription from my doctor for the time released motion sickness patch.  It's a little, round sticker that goes right behind your ear.  Put it on one hour before stepping on the ship because you have to give the patch time to work before you set sail.  It's very convenient too, you don't have to put a new one on every day, just about every three to four days depending on your doctor's instructions.  Trust me, it won't come off until you take it off.   It has worked out wonderfully for me and you'll see a great many Guests wearing them too. 

    I have spoken to my pediatrician about trying to figure out if my kids would have motion sickness.  She said it would be more likely if they were prone to nausea and vomiting, if they got lightheaded  or dizzy while watching rapid moving scenes in a movie, or if they were nervous or anxious.  She also said that it would be very hard to figure it out ahead of time.  If you don't want to get a prescription, I've also used over the counter medicines to prevent sea sickness.  If you decide to go this route, remember to follow the instructions on the package, speak to your doctor about kid dosages, and take it before boarding the ship.  I've also heard that PsiBands work well, but I've never tried them.

    Remember, there is 24 medical attention available on board if needed, but there could be an extra charge for this. 

    I hope this helps.  You're going to have a magical sailing...bon voyage Angelica.
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Meet the Panelist: Marisol, Florida

Magic Kingdom still takes my breath away, but my favorite place to be is on a Disney ship looking at the horizon and breathing in that crisp, clean ocean air!  I love planning Disney vacations for others and making sure it's more than they dreamed. Learn More About Marisol

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