How to Avoid Seasickness While on a Halong Cruise
by Michael Martin Leaño
Seasickness is definitelly something that can taint if not completely ruin your cruise. Ask anyone who’s gone through it and they’ll agree: seasickness is pure, unadulterated misery. It’s caused by conflicting signals being sent to your brain by your senses. To prevent that queasy feeling from ruining your cruise, here are a few tips to avoid seasickness.
Tip #1: Avoid certain foods
Before going on your cruise, make sure you avoid greasy, spicy, and heavy foods. If you’re having breakfast, eat something simpler and healthier like oatmeal or other cereals. Stay away from citrus fruits, juices, and alcohol as well. Alcohol, in particular, is a diuretic, which can increase your dehydration and weaken your resistance to seasickness.
Tip #2: Get acclimated
To find your sea legs, you simply need to get used to staying on a ship. To do so, you should try to spend as much time as you can on deck. Lying down can actually make the seasickness worse so try to keep moving around until your body acclimatises to the ship’s movement. When on deck, look at the horizon using your peripheral vision (i.e. don’t stare at it) to help your brain adjust.
Tip #3: Try anti-seasickness wristbands
By simply applying pressure to a certain part of your wrist through acupressure wristbands, you can reduce or eliminate symptoms of motion sickness. There are many products available online, in pharmacies, or even at Woolworths. The best part: they’re cheap, have no side effects and you don’t have to take anything to enjoy its benefits. Give them a try—they’re one of the best options here.
Tip #4: Take ginger
If you’re looking for a natural option, try ginger; it can ease the queasiness that comes with motion sickness. There are many forms including gingersnap biscuits, ginger capsules (take 1000 milligrams during every six hours), ginger candies, ginger ale, ginger beer (just make sure it’s the non-alcoholic kind), ginger candies, and ginger tea. Like the wristbands, ginger has no side effects and you don’t need a prescription to take it. Unless of course, you don’t like the taste of ginger. But considering that there are many forms, just pick the one you can stomach.
Tip #5: Consult a doctor
If you want a sure-fire way to avoid seasickness while on your long-awaited cruise, then talk to your doctor, who can prescribe you a wide variety of medications. These include Transderm Scop patches (placed behind your ear), dimenhydrinate pills (an over-the-counter drug), cinnarizine pills (usually taken two hours before travel), or promethazine pills (usually taken every six hours). Just take note that some of these medications would make you sleepy, particularly the pills, so don’t take them without your physician’s orders.
Tip #6: Cruise on larger modern ships
Want to minimise the effects of seasickness? When you book your cruise, choose a large, modern ship . These bigger and newer vessels use technologies like stabilisers that make your cruise smoother overall. Fortunately, these ships have become more common now as the industry is constantly trying to modernise its fleet.
Tip #7: Book a cabin in the middle of the ship
To help in your acclimatisation, get a cabin that’s situated in the middle of the ship since there’s less motion there. If you’re susceptible to motion sickness, stay away from cabins located at the stern or bow as there’s more movement there.