Many people worry that they might get seasick when traveling on a cruise for the first time, however there are several ways to help if this does become a problem once on board.
If you want to reduce the likelihood of seasickness, choosing a large, modern ship is a good option. Ships with larger tonnage are generally more stable on the water and this makes motion less noticeable once on board. With a gross tonnage of 90,000 for Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and 150,000 for Queen Mary 2, the Cunard fleet is a good choice.
Where you are on the ship influences seasickness as well. Choose a cabin near the lower and central parts of the ship to have less movement when you sleep. During the day, try to spend lots of time out on deck in the fresh air; this, and the view of the horizon, will help your body to find balance, combatting symptoms.
Another tip is to pick itineraries carefully. Routes that avoid open water, such as the Norwegian fjords or Alaska, or within a sheltered sea, such as the Caribbean or Mediterranean, are likely to be calmer for large sections of your voyage. In the same way, time of year should be considered to avoid annual periods of stormy weather in particular regions.
If you are very concerned about seasickness, we recommend you visit your doctor prior to travel for advice. There are some over-the-counter medications you can take 1-2 days before you set sail that may help, but we strongly advise speaking with your doctor first. Seasickness bands are also available; these bands are worn on the wrists and press into acupressure points to alleviate symptoms.
The medical center and spa on board can help combat the effects of seasickness. Avomine or dramamine tablets are available for purchase on board from the medical center and reception. Seasickness wristbands are available for purchase from the onboard shop. However if you require further treatment you can contact the medical center for a consultation to obtain an anti-sickness injection.
Costs for services from the medical center can vary and visits may include a consultation fee.