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Is Seasickness A Problem On Modern Cruise Ships?

Sep 4, 2008
Modern cruise ships have dramatically reduced the problem of seasickness. Today's larger ships cut through waves instead of riding on the top of them. Also, the new technologies such as counterbalancing systems and stabilizers have greatly reduced the pitch and roll of the ships, all but neutralizing the problem of seasickness.

However, if you have a severe seasickness problem, you may want to book an inside cabin on a lower deck and in the middle of the ship. This area of the ship has the least rocking motion. If you are planning on booking a trans-Atlantic cruise, it is possible that the ocean crossing may be rough at certain times.

If you need it, the ship's physician can prescribe medication such as, Bonine, Benadryl, or Dramamine tablets that will treat dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, the worst symptoms of motion sickness. There is another very effective, doctor prescribed, anti-seasickness product called Transderm Scop. They are small patches that are placed behind the ears. The patches can lessen, or even prevent the effects of motion sickness.

Sea-Bands, which apply a gentle pressure to the acupressure points located on the inside of your wrists also work well. They have been clinically tested to help provide relief from nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness when traveling, pregnancy, chemotherapy, anesthesia, and any condition that may induce vomiting. They are available in drug stores and pharmacies as well as most travel oriented stores and they do not require a prescription. They don't cause any side effects so can be used safely, over and over again, whenever you feel nauseous. They may also be purchased online at Sea-Band.com.

A health care professional such as a physician, or pharmacist should always be consulted about prescription drug dosages and their possible side effects. There also can be side effects caused by some drug combinations, even over-the-counter medications.
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