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Avoiding the sea sickness

Large swells that led to a long night
The swells were brewing even before we left the Bahamas. It was a long night on the Norwegian Sun. It was very unusual, but it proves that it can happen.

As I mentioned in my post about our first day at sea, we had some rough waters. We’re not talking a few bumps and waves. We’re talking warnings-from-the-captain, 15-foot-swells, barf-bags-on-the-stair-rails type waters. I’m proud to say that I was fine the entire time, thanks to the sea-sickness patch, which I’ll talk about later, but there are other things that you can do (that I learned about on the cruise) to help stop your chances of feeling ill.

Ginger Ale

One night we were down in the bar and the bartender told me some ginger ale would help calm my stomach (he thought I wasn’t feeling well). I’ve heard it’s just not true. The ginger in ginger ale isn’t real ginger, which is what calms your stomach. But it does seem that the fizz of pop and the sugary, watery substance does help put some queazy feelings at bay.

So, check out the bar and ask for this drink should you start to feel a little uneasy.

Green Apples

This concept seemed so weird to me, but the bartender Bernard, who was working in the Windjammer Bar on the Norwegian Sun, swears by this. One night we were in the Windjammer Bar when it was particularly rough, there was a gentleman who wouldn’t move from his seat to head to his room because he was just not feeling well. He took some Dramamine but it didn’t appear to be helping. Bernard had given him a green apple and once he was feeling settled, his wife made him eat the entire thing. It took him some time, but he was able to get up and move to his room once he finished it.

I can’t explain the concept, except to say that for some people sour candy and drinks sometime help with nausea. Maybe this sour fruit is one way to help keep your body from getting upset when it’s been rocking and rolling over the waves.

A Few Drinks

My husband and I found that what bothered us more than nausea or not feeling well was that the boat, on those huge swells, moved. To me, it was uneasy. A quick remedy, a drink or two! My husband and i had several bottles of wine throughout the week because we had ordered the honeymoon/anniversary package as well as having a few bottles given to us. A glass or two of that and we felt a lot better. It was nearly unnoticeable that the boat would move from time to time.

Stomach Pills

On our boat, the medical center was offering stomach pills to members of the crew and the guests who were impacted by the swells we encountered. We never had to take these, though we learned from our someone we sat next to at dinner that they did appear to help when taken every 12 hours for the nausea.

Sea sickness Patch

We opted to get a prescription for Transderm Scōp patches before we left. Best. Decision. Ever.

I put mine on just after we left the dock and changed it out after three days. I never encountered any sea sickness issues. My husband started to feel a bit uneasy our second night at sea (the worst) and I put a patch just behing his ear. It took a few hours, but he was eventually drinking beers, eating steaks and feeling like himself again. He didn’t use apples, pills or a few drinks to put an end to it, but without the patch, I’m not sure he would have survived that night without a trip to the bathroom or the use of a sea sickness bag.

You will need to get the Transderm Scōp before you go, so plan for that. They have very few side effects on the general population. I had some blurred vision, but that was about it. It wasn’t even enough to make me want to take the patch off.

There are options for sea sickness should you decide to take a cruise. The fear of being sick should not keep you from experiencing a cruise. Talk to your doctor about what will work best for you.

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