10 Tips for Avoiding Seasickness on a Cruise

I think God gave people feet instead of fins for a reason – he wants us on land, not on the water. 

When we were planning our first cruise, I had one thought that kept haunting me – am I going to get sick on the cruise?  Unfortunately, I tend to get seasick often.  As a result, I figured that I’d spend most of my days laying in bed feeling sick.  However, for most of the short (4 day) cruise, I felt very good.  This is my own guide for avoiding seasickness on a cruise.

How to Avoid Seasickness on a Cruise

  1. Get lots of fresh air.  Getting out of the cabin and walking around outside is important.  Be sure to avoid any areas that might smell of fumes.  There is something about walking in fresh air that helps calm a queasy stomach.
  2. Ginger.  I don’t understand how and why everything works, and some things I don’t care to really know all the details, so here is all I can say about ginger as a treatment for seasickness: it works.  While I’ve personally found that Dramamine does work, it makes me extremely tired.  Therefore, I wouldn’t consider it the best option for seasickness on a cruise.  I do use it on small crafts or during the night.
  3. Avoid alcohol.  I’ll never understand how people can combine a hangover and seasickness and ever consider a cruise fun.  Instead, drink lots of water to keep your body well hydrated.
  4. Take excursions to shore.  Whenever I have a chance to get off the boat, I take it.  Giving your body a break from the constant back and forth of the boat will help it to feel normal even if it’s just for a few moments.  On a similar note, don’t take excursions that involve riding in little boats (snorkeling boat trips or glass bottom boat rides).
  5. Ginger ale and crackers.  While your body might be different, both of those tend to calm an upset stomach.
  6. Focus on the horizon.  As long as you’re not in the dead of the ocean, you should try and find shore and focus on that fixed place.  Most often people start to feel seasick when they are in the enclosed areas of the ship.
  7. Sea Bands.  At your local pharmacy you should be able to buy some Sea Bands.  They are bracelets that put pressure on a certain point to help with seasickness.  I’m not sure why (much like Ginger) ,but 9 times out of 10 they seem to help.
  8. Control your diet.  Depending on the severity of your seasickness, you might want to limit how much you eat.  If you are feeling relatively well, you can avoid heavier foods (meat and greasy foods), and focus on healthier alternatives like fruits and vegetables.
  9. Distract yourself.  Sometimes sitting and thinking about your sickness only makes it worse.  Since there are so many activities on the cruise, get out and enjoy some fun.
  10. Limit the cruise length.  This is especially true if you are a first time cruiser.  Take a trial cruise of 3-4 days before heading out on a two week adventure.  In my case, I found that I enjoy a short cruise, but the idea of a longer cruise does not appeal to me.

What tips do you have for avoiding seasickness on a cruise?


  1. says

    Wonderful tips. I get seasick in the boats, busses and plains :-)
    Ginger is most helpful as is the travel sickness pills. Black chocolate just before the trip helps also.

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