The motion of the ocean can ruin even the best of boat trips and stepping aboard a cruise liner is no exception. Fortunately, sea sickness isn’t the norm on modern liners thanks to their sheer size plus the stabilizing technology they use to keep all that rocking and rolling to a minimum. But if you are planning a cruise (or are already on one!), prone to feeling a bit ‘sea queasy’ and want to be extra safe, here’s some tips to keep the sailing smooth.
- Think about the size of the boat, where it’s going and for how long. Larger boats around the 100,000-ton mark will naturally react less to waves and swell. They’ll feel even more stable if they’re not ploughing through sub-Antarctic waters and are regularly entering port. So, pick a big boat that’s scheduled to sail through naturally calmer waters with more stops in between.
- Book a room with a view midway along the lower decks. It’s here you’ll find the boat’s natural balance point (which means less movement) plus the window will give you a consistent view of a horizon point.
- Avoid going below deck for extended periods unless you need to rest or sleep. The longer your brain spends working out why the cabin’s not moving even though you know it technically is, the worse your sea sickness could become.
- Stay busy! Keeping your mind occupied on something other than the movement of the ship can help. Try outdoor activities above deck with lots of fresh air.
- When on deck, face forward rather than to the side and allow the horizon to act as the true point of reference.
- Stay hydrated and avoid an empty stomach. Need a better reason to head to the buffet?
- Before you embark or perhaps if you’re entering New Zealand waters, get Sea-Legs, New Zealand’s No.1* motion sickness treatment found in pharmacies nationwide. It works by blocking the middle ear’s ability to send signals to the ‘vomiting centre’ in the brain making it harder to get sick in the first place. The other good thing about Sea-Legs is it helps prevent motion sickness for up to twenty-four hours at a time.
Sea Legs is specially formulated to provide effective relief for all the family whether travelling by car, plane, boat or coach. Taken the previous night or an hour before travelling they will help prevent sickness. Or take them for relief when you feel sickness coming on. The tablets are virtually tasteless, so they can be chewed or swallowed with water.
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Pharmacy Only Medicine. Contains meclozine hydrochloride 12.5mg per tablet. Dose: Adults and children over 12, maximum 2 tablets per day. Children 6-12 years, one tablet per day. Warnings: May cause drowsiness. Avoid alcohol. Avoid operating machinery within 8 hours of taking this medicine. Do not take during pregnancy without medical advice. Distributed in New Zealand by Radiant Health Ltd, C/O Supply Chain Solutions, 74 Westney Road, Airport Oaks, AUCKLAND 2022. *Aztec, Pharmacy, July 2019. NZ-2019-08-0012. TAPS Approval: NA 11270