Having experienced sea sickness whilst enjoying a show on board Norwegian Epic, I came away feeling nauseous. Since then I’ve read lots of articles and done some research to help prevent feeling this way again.

For those of us who have endured the swaying and queasiness (not nice) here’s the science bit to help understand why we feel this way:

Basically your inner ear and eyes send different signals to the brain making it confused, hence feeling queasy and causing sickness

A few tips when choosing you cabin:

Try to get a cabin midship and the lower down the better

Cabins at the front (forward) on ships get the most movement

Try to avoid numerous days at sea

Inside cabins can upset your natural balance and need for daylight

Choose a large/newer ship as they come with modern day technology and stabilisers, which means motion is reduced

*Most cruise lines have medical centers onboard, offering tablets or a sickness injection. Be warned, they will charge you approx £60 per visit. I would recommend checking your travel insurance to see what you’re covered for! Wristbands can normally be purchased in the on board shops

No matter the size of vessel I’ve always been told to look up and out. Look out to the horizon and avoid reading anything, from a menu to a book!

Drink COKE, it contains the same ingredients as an over the counter anti nausea drug


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Invest in a pressure band – basically a bracelet which touches the acupressure points on the wrist

If you’re thinking about taking tablets, start them a few days before you travel as they need time to kick in! Also bear in mind that tablets can equal side effects, so read up before you travel. Medicated patches that you wear behind the ear are very popular, again check for side effects.

Eat a little but not a lot! Relax, close your eyes and stay sober on rough sea days!


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