How common is seasickness?
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I was queasy once on my first cruise yet I don't get sick on much smaller boats out in the gulf, go figure. My advice; bring along a cure or two just in case.
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I have experienced motion sickness on pleasure crafts. I've been on four cruises. The first one, the first night, I got a little queasy but I think it was from the Dramamin! I think sometimes, for some people, the meds can make you sicker that taking your chances. I have done some research and have found that Ginger tablets, (I think Consumer Reports did a study) proved to be the most effective motion sickness remedy available! So, I take Ginger tabs and gum. If I get the slightest ill feeling, I start the Ginger. If I know the seas are going to be rough, I'll start them then, as well. Other than the first cruise where I was taking Dramamine and felt ill (had no problems after I STOPPED the meds) I haven't had any problems. I do advise getting up on deck, in the fresh air and watching the horizon at the first indication of feeling not quite right. Don't stay in your cabin and try to ride it out...unless you can see out the window!
Unfortunately, ginger tablets don't work for everyone. I have suffered from motion sickness all of my life. I get sick on planes, trains, ships, etc. I swear by Bonine. Taken at night, it does not make you drowsy. You take one every 24 hours.
I made the mistake of taking 2 before our last cruise. Then once on board, I had a welcome aboard drink. I was pretty much gone for the next couple of hours. After that, I took one a day and was fine.
The first 3 days of our cruise was VERY choppy, but I never felt sick at all.
Better safe than sorry!
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I have had motion sickness my whole life. Thats why I never dared cruise until I was in my 40's. After seeing my brothers pic's from a cruise, I got the nerve to try. I decided on a 4 night cruise just in case. I took Bonine a day before the cruise. When on board, I took a pill every morning and 1 at bedtime. The waters were BAD the last night. It was a rough night but I did really well. Never had a problem. I was so excited, I now have a 7 night cruise planned!I agree. BONINE. Use it every cruise. Dramamine tends to wipe you out. Stay away from it.
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It just so happened the couple we sat with at dinner received a bottle of champagne as a honeymoon gift and he had a glass....
Drugs + Champagne = outcold husband for 3 hours and kind of funny too!