How do you know if you'll become sea sick?

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#2
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Its not that bad. I have never gotten sea sick. Nor has anyone I have ever cruised with. Bring some patches just in case.
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In the states you can get them from Walmart or anywhere like that. They aren't hard to get. Cheaper then buying them on the ship.
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#5
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I have experienced no problems thus far with ship sway. I actually think it's kind of fun. My theory is if you get car sick, you certainly should expect sea sick.
#6
Aliso Viejo, CA
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Originally posted by wrg11
DH and I will be taking our first cruise in April. How do you know if you'll get sick at sea?
If you get car sick or feel nauseous on a small boat or an amusement ride, you MIGHT get sea sick. The ship is pretty stable and you'll be busy with lots of distractions. The vast majority of passengers don't have any problems. A lot also depends on your cabin location; if you're not sure, book a cabin on the lowest deck mid-ship that you can and stay away from cabins on upper decks and any towards the front of the ship. Do not book a GTY because you could wind up anywhere on the ship.
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You can also eat ginger pills, green apples, wrist/pulse bands prevent sea sickness as well as bonine or dramamine.
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Originally posted by wrg11
DH and I will be taking our first cruise in April. How do you know if you'll get sick at sea?

You usually throw up?
#9
ca
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Originally posted by Rhitson88
In the states you can get them from Walmart or anywhere like that. They aren't hard to get. Cheaper then buying them on the ship.

If you are referring to the Scopalmine patch(the only drug I know of that comes in patch form)..it is by prescription only in the US...tho prices may vary..you will need a script..

Personally I think they can cause weird symptoms..

I prefer OTC things like Meclizine or Dramamine which now comes in a non drowsy formulation...tho if I am seasick sleep is a better option..
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If you can read a book in the back seat of a car, you won't get seasick (unless there are some really high seas... then maybe ).
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Originally posted by Pam in CA
If you get car sick or feel nauseous on a small boat or an amusement ride, you MIGHT get sea sick. The ship is pretty stable and you'll be busy with lots of distractions. The vast majority of passengers don't have any problems. A lot also depends on your cabin location; if you're not sure, book a cabin on the lowest deck mid-ship that you can and stay away from cabins on upper decks and any towards the front of the ship. Do not book a GTY because you could wind up anywhere on the ship.
You describe my wife & she has sailed dozens of times following such things

As 'nurserosie' said, the patches had more side affects than other medication & meclizine (generic for the much more expensive Bonine) works best for my wife.
#12
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Originally posted by Astro Flyer
You describe my wife & she has sailed dozens of times following such things

As 'nurserosie' said, the patches had more side affects than other medication & meclizine (generic for the much more expensive Bonine) works best for my wife.
I always take my bonine with me. We were told sometimes the medical crew onboard prefer if you don't use the patch as in some people it can mimic symptoms of a stroke. As well as location of your cabin certain itineraries you may want to avoid until you know for sure. Caribbean seems to be the smoothest, and Pacific is generally a little choppier. Better to take something with you and not need it then be sick and not enjoy your trip.
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#13
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Originally posted by Rhitson88
Its not that bad. I have never gotten sea sick. Nor has anyone I have ever cruised with. Bring some patches just in case.
A good indication for me was that I suffer from nausea/vomiting in the back seat of a car.
I was sick on my first cruise and wouldn't wish it on anyone. Take a preventative if you are worried. Holidays are too short to lose one being sick.
Good luck.
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Originally posted by Akheila
I always take my bonine with me. We were told sometimes the medical crew onboard prefer if you don't use the patch as in some people it can mimic symptoms of a stroke. As well as location of your cabin certain itineraries you may want to avoid until you know for sure. Caribbean seems to be the smoothest, and Pacific is generally a little choppier. Better to take something with you and not need it then be sick and not enjoy your trip.
Symptoms of a stroke...that's not good!

The only symptoms she gets from meclizine is once in awhile slight sleepiness but not nearly as much as with Dramamine or the patch. Obviously any of these things may affect others differently & they need to ask their doctors if it's okay with medications they take regularly.

If you're comfortable with a generic, meclizine is much, much less expensive.
#15
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I tend to get seasick so I take a Bonine (meclizine) every morning along with a natural ginger pill and then go on my way! I try to prevent it and have learned not to wait until I gets seasick. Most people do not get seasick. The patch gave me unwanted side effects although you will notice many patches behind cruisers ears! Oh - I always book a room on Emerald Deck mid ship!! I pass up the guarantees and book my room with a "do not upgrade". This way I am safe, although I am sure that I must have passed up opportunities for the upgrade fairy!
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I'm generally fine on the ship. I always pack meds, however, for the excursions that include some kind of small boat!
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#17
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Originally posted by mph045
You can also eat ginger pills, green apples, wrist/pulse bands prevent sea sickness as well as bonine or dramamine.

I also suggest trying coffee enemas. Ask for them in the ships store. That works pretty good too.
#18
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I tend to get sick easily on amusement park rides, but don't have any difficulty on cruises. Its a different type of motion.

I always carry Meclizine with me because of some of the small boat excursions that we enjoy such as some of the excursions on a catamaran. If it gets wavy on a small boat and we are not moving quickly I will take a meclizine pill to avoid motion sickness.

We traveled with friends last year. The lady was so fearful of getting motion sick that she fretted for quite a while before the cruise. She was pleasantly surprised at how little motion she felt. However as a precaution, for the first couple of days she took Meclizine since she felt it was easier to prevent feeling ill than deal with it later.

Anyway, bring some Meclizine with you. You can ask the pharmacist about it or buy it from Amazon.

Also, for the least amount of motion, its best to book a cabin on a lower deck and midship. If you are prone to motion sickness, avoid the cabins on the higher decks and cabins in the front.
#19
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I never got sick in cars or amusment parks or even boats on lakes but the first time we went fishing in Mexico I got sick. The smaller the boat the more likely i will get sick. I now always bring Meclizine but rarely need it on a big ship. It's those excursions that are problem.
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#20
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Originally posted by Rhitson88
Its not that bad. I have never gotten sea sick. Nor has anyone I have ever cruised with. Bring some patches just in case.

What patches can you get with out a prescription?
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