Posted September 5th, 2007, 11:54 AM
Dear GJClay, Now my story. The hardened cruisers and ones that don't feel motion will have a good laugh at this but I hope to encourage your husband. I am just like him. I have given up anything that causes motion because I feel it all. When I was younger on family vacations, we would stop 2-3 times for me to be sick on the side of the road. I even have gotten sick while on a float in a pool if I have my eyes closed and people are splashing causing ripples. I went to Hawaii 2 yrs. ago (on plane) and while there wanted to go whale watching and on a submarine. I was scared to death and decided my fear was worse than possibly getting sick. So I took a couple of tranquilizers, not enough to feel drugged or sleepy, but enough to take edge off my fear. Because I was so relaxed, I felt the motion, it wasn't bad, and I came nowhere near feeling sick. Because of that, I now am going on first cruise and not worried at all that MAYBE I will feel more than I want to. The fear makes it worse for your husband and possibly makes the motion feel worse than it is. Ask him to think abt. medicine for relaxation. We MIGHT feel sick but we will be relaxed abt. it. Ha!
Thanks! I'm glad to know we're not the only one's who want to cruise in spite of someone in the family struggling with motion sickness.
I'll never forget a deep sea fishing trip my husband took while on a company/family trip to Hawaii. Only the guys went, and when he returned after a full day of full blown sickness (much worse than any cruise ship motion could cause, I would imagine), I have never seen anyone's complexion with such a shade of green! Needless to say, he now gets to spend the day with me on the company vacations come deep sea fishing time, because his boss doesn't ever want to see him that way again!
On both of our cruises, he has used that prescription patch (can't recall the name), and it seemed to help, with only a few times in which he was uncomfortable. When he did get a little sick, he rested for a bit, the seas calmed down, and everything was great again.
I, on the other hand, didn't know prior to our first cruise if I would get sick or not, so also used that patch, and the patch itself made me sick. I suffered some rare side effect in which my eye dialated, I was dizzy, drowsy, etc. Once I removed the patch, I was fine, and found I don't have a motion sickness issue; at least not on a cruise ship.
I still think that particular times of year and itineraries (and cabin selection) can be deciding factors in producing the best odds he will be comfortable , and appreciate the advice given about my original question.