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Old 02-24-2008, 09:19 AM
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This will be my wife and I first cruise. It is on the Holiday in April. She gets motion sickness. Any suggestions? Seems like all the preventatives make you sleepy.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:07 AM
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Hi dbrand and welcome to the cruise chat I also find that I suffer from motion sickness on most Boats but we have done two cruises and I found that I have been ok on the cruise liners we go for balcony cabins quie high up and i found this helps if your wife does suffer she can go and get an injection from the ships docter that does not make you sleepy this was my plan but did not need them i would go that way and see how she does. enjoy the cruise and try not to worry. Julie
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A few tips;
1. Get a room in the center of the ship and the higher the better, I always look for something over the 7 floor.

2. Use the patch or dramamine but remember to take it a little time early, before leaving the port because.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:29 AM
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the higher the better
Well...I don't know about that.

Cabins on the lowest decks have the least amount of perceived motion. They are closest to the waterline and there is less motion the closer you are to the water. Think of a ship as an upside down pendulum, with the highest deck being the pendulum and the waterline being the pivot point.
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:56 AM
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^^^
Well about this, we all think different,



I can only tell by my experience;

You cannot consider it a Pendulum, because the pendulum is fixed at the top, the ship oscillate around it's center (center of mass)not the top,
Because the ship is not fixed at any point.

The best guess will be to book a cabin on the center of the ship, but that will depend on its design and because it's center of mass will change depending on the distribution of the mass of the ship,It does not have to be exactly on the center...

I actually ask two other professors of physics just to check my point, because of last time and they also think the same way as I do..

The other day Travel channel on their program

"Cruise do and dont's"

Gave the same recomendation, as I do, base on their experience in order to avoid sea sick...
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Old 02-24-2008, 11:58 AM
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I also get motion sickness, (a funny feeling in my head..swaying). I get it no matter where I am on the ship, but I take Bonine twice a day and the feeling goes away within minutes of chewing one pill. I have tried to go without it, forget it....! Even if the seas are calm, ect. it doesn't matter..lol!!! I also like Bonine better because I do not get tired from it, the only slight side effect I get is that I am a bit thirsty..but..hey I am on a cruise...have a cocktail and enjoy yourself!!
Just a note to, I have tried sea bands and ginger but they do not work for me. Also, a trick I learned here on the boards is to go on deck and stare at the horizon, it does work but the minute my eyes turn away...ITS BACK! Hope this helps!
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I agree with Dave, the lower down on the ship you are, the more stable it will feel. I've had folks attend parties in a top-deck lounge who started feeling queasy when the boat was rocking. When they went downstairs to a lower deck, the motion was much less noticeable.

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Old 02-24-2008, 12:06 PM
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yea, dont get the preventitives they make you super sleepy and then its not so much fun..I went on my first cruise this past september, and my family took tylenol and asprin because we thought it would be really bad motion sickness, well it wasnt. It was actually really smooth. and it was alot of fun.
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ok I can tell you this,

I know for fact that this work,
but since we always think different, and as I remember we never decided which one is the correct point of view,
I will give up...
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Dbrand, I can tell you this Dramamine does make me sleepy, that is why I take Bonine. I tried both at home before my cruise and that's how I found out what works better for me. Like your wife, I knew I was prone to motion sickness before I even went and I did not want to be sick with that feeling during my vacation. Everyone is different but it is worth a try beforehand as opposed to getting sick.
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