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rough seas

Seasickness. Just the word sounds yuck – and if it strikes you during a sailing it’s even worse. While there isn’t a way to 100-percent trick your body out of seasickness there are ways around it.

Here are Five Ways to Prevent Seasickness:


1. Cabin location. It all starts before you even get on the ship. It starts when booking your cruise. Think of a cruise ship like a skyscraper. The higher up you are the more the building is going to sway when it’s windy or the seas are rough. The lower or more towards the center of gravity you are, the better. So book a cabin in a lower berth, and more towards the center of the ship, between the elevators. The more central the cabin is located, the better.


2. OTC Pills. There are many over the counter pills out there for purchase like Bonine and Dramamine, and most cruise lines have them at the guest relations desk for your convenience. Some Seasick pills can be known to cause drowsiness.  We have found that Bonine does not cause  as much drowsiness, if any at all. You don’t want to spend your whole cruise sleeping, but if the weather is too rough, it beats the alternative. You should take these in the parking lot before you board or at least while you are eating lunch on board before the ship sails.  You may have to take them the next morning as well, but we have found that not to be necessary and only take them while in port while eating one of our many meals. If you wait till after you are already sick, it will be too late and nothing you take will work.


3. Motion Wristband.  Another idea if you think you’ll get seasick is to invest in the motion wristbands, most are under $13. These wristbands exert gentle pressure on points of your wrist which in turn eliminate getting sick.  They say the wristbands are clinically tested but check the reviews before purchasing one. If you suffer from claustrophobia this will be a waste of money because you will most likely not want to use them.


4. Get the Patch. You will sometimes see people on your cruise with patches behind their ears, that’s the scopolamine patch. According to Drugs.com, “Scopolamine patch is an anticholinergic agent. It works by blocking transmission of impulses at nerve sites in the gastrointestinal tract and the vomiting center.” Basically it stops you from getting motion sickness, although for this one you’ll need a prescription. The cruise line also sells an oil at the gift shop,  that you can apply behind the ear and it is supposed to do the same thing. It comes in a little bottle and sells for around $15. We had to try it once because we forgot to bring the Bonine and it actually worked even after we felt just a little seasick.  It is not always available so you should prepare yourself with the Bonine before you board the ship.


5. Eat the Right Food.  You will get a different answer depending on who you ask but there are a couple of eating tricks to help with  seasickness. Avoid overly greasy foods that just sit in your stomach, especially during the day. If seasickness comes on, try drinking room temperature ginger ale, crackers or a green apple – something neutral to help your stomach. Ginger is known to help seasickness and you can buy over the counter ginger pills. Also, not going overboard on the alcohol is probably a smart idea.


Cruise ships these days have stabilizers that are extended in windy and rough conditions. These stabilizers help keep the ship more towards the center of gravity and prevent pitching or rolling. Ships are also prepared for rough weather.

So, the next time you see barf bags around the ship, remember there are ways to prevent seasickness before it happens.

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American Cruise Lines


American Cruise Lines announced today that they’ll offer shorter four-night voyages on their 150-guest paddlewheeler Queen of the Mississippi, roundtrip from New Orleans. Featured dates include November 30, December 4 and 8.
The new shorter plantation cruises will feature a variety of special events and onboard activities:
Mint juleps served on the Oak Alley lawn
Performance by Judy Davis, singer, entertainer and storyteller of life on a plantation
Praline-cooking demonstration by Michael DeVidts
Performance by the New Orleans Jazz All Stars
Onboard cooking demonstration by a Louisiana Culinary Institute chef

The Queen of the Mississippi carries 150 guests in spacious 300 square foot staterooms, which feature large private balconies with sliding glass doors and all of the amenities today’s travelers expect, while maintaining the elegance of classic late 1800s Mississippi riverboats.

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