5 Tips to Avoid Motion Sickness on Your First Cruise

tips for enjoying cruise without motion sickness

Cruises are exciting! Seasickness though is not. If you get motion sick while in a car or plane, odds are you’re likely to get sick on a cruise ship as well. However, that doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Avoiding motion sickness at sea starts with smart planning ahead.

We have some tips for you that can help you feel confident about going on your first cruise.

#1 - Choosing the Right Cabin

Choosing the right cabin can make a big difference when it comes to seasickness. You want a cabin where you’re less likely to experience swaying and movement from the waves. The middle of the ship and not too high is your safest bet. A mid-ship stateroom with a balcony for quick access to fresh air may be ideal. If not available, consider a room that is either lower or closer to the back, as the front of the ship tends to experience the most movement.

#2 - Choose a Cruise with More Ports and Fewer Days at Sea

Different cruises offer different itineraries. If you’re prone to motion sickness, you’ll want a cruise that visits multiple ports and spends fewer days constantly out to sea. For your first cruise, you may want to consider opting for a shorter duration overall. Choose a 2 to 5 night cruise rather than the 6 to 9 night option.

#3 - Pack Dramamine®

If you regularly experience motion sickness, you are probably familiar with how effective Dramamine® products are for motion sickness relief. Dramamine® helps prevent and treat all four symptoms associated with motion sickness—nausea, dizziness, vomiting and queasiness. Try taking Dramamine® Original Formula 30 minutes to an hour before boarding the ship and then as needed and as directed on the packaging. To be extra prepared, consider taking Dramamine® All Day Less Drowsy a day in advance - relieves motion sickness symptoms with less drowsiness for up to 24 hours.

#4 - Keep Your Eye on the Horizon

Fresh air usually helps you feel better, so try and spend more time on deck (in the middle of the ship) than in your cabin. If you start to feel sick, focus on your breath and staying calm. Find a focal point on the horizon to rebalance your senses and reset your equilibrium. Watching the waves of the ocean can be disorienting, so be sure to look out, not down.

#5 - Avoid Books, Screens and Alcohol

Reading by the pool can be so relaxing, but just like when you’re riding in a car, reading and looking down at mobile devices can make you feel sick. If you want to read, take frequent breaks looking up and out at the horizon. Drink water and avoid or at least limit your alcohol intake so you have one less trigger that could make you feel out of balance.

Taking care of yourself and planning ahead are the most important things you can do to have a great vacation. Be sure to check our Special Offers page so you can stock up on Dramamine® and pay less too!