Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Dec 8, 2009
    Senaida from FL Asked

    Since we've never been on a cruise, do you recommend we take a shorter one for the first time? We're just not sure how we are all going to do with motion sickness.

    I recommend a shorter cruise for your first sailing. For our son's first voyage, we took a 3 night Disney cruise.

    To combat seasickness, I take Bonine starting a few days prior to travel. I then take at least half a tablet during the voyage, and sometimes more in the event of rougher seas. I give my son a Dramamine for the first night as it tends to be a little rocky when crossing the Gulf Stream. If you have main seating for the first evening's meal this tends to be a time when passengers haven't adjusted to their "sea legs" and I've seen passengers not feeling well during that first meal. Don't suffer. Go outside, get fresh air and take your preferred motion sickness medicine. Consult with your doctor prior to sailing.

    On my last cruise which was for 7 nights, I met a family sailing for the first time. They were nervous about seasickness. The husband wore the Scopolamine patch. When I ran into them throughout the week, they were happy to report that everyone in the family was feeling fine.

    I am very sensitive to motion sickness on windy roads in the car, on some amusement park rides and I even once got queasy on the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World.

    The disadvantage of a shorter cruise is that you are all likely to feel fine and just begin to know your way around the ship when it's time to disembark in Port Canaveral.

    Note that I continue to take Bonine for a few days back on land in order to curb the rocking motion that otherwise would follow me ashore.

    I prefer mid-ship staterooms which seem to have less rocking motion.

    Do not sail on an empty stomach but avoid spicy food for your first day of sailing. If you feel even slightly queasy, go outside. The fresh air and looking out towards the horizon helps your body to adjust.

    Do not let the threat of seasickness deter you from trying this magical mode of travel.
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I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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