On a recent cruise to Canada I began feeling a little unsettled on the next to the last night on the cruise. I decided to take a Dramamine as it said non drowsy. We'll don't believe it. I felt worse after taking it because I felt that I had been drugged. I ended up having to cut short my evening of fun and go to bed. I think the queasiness would have passed on its own.
Apparently my body reacts differently than expected. I have been on three cruises and never medicated before and I will never again.
I used to swear by Dramamine until I cruised while in my first trimester of pregnancy (13 years ago). We were on a small cruise ship in rough waters, and I was ready to tough it out. But our waiter suggested a green apple, and it worked wonderfully for me. And, there were none of the side effects that I'd experienced with Dramamine.
Just a couple of weeks ago, we were on a cruise to Bermuda, again hit rough waters, and I went immediately for the green apples. Worked again.
I hope your next cruise goes better. And, thank you for posting your experience.
No don't take Bonnine, or least don't take it on an empty stomach once you are seasick because it made me feel worse. It was Lobster night so I just had to get better, I never did until a friend at my table told me to eat some of the bread and then take the Draminine and it worked within 15 minutes I was feeling much better.
A non-medical solution is to take Ginger capsules. This is an old-timer's cure from back many centuries, and is available in most health-food stores, not expensive at all. And, it also aids in digesiton. Try it next time.
Taking Ginger in pill form works more naturally than any other remedy although green apples can be equally effective for seasickness. Ginger is an ancient sailors remedy and well known among Asian sailors.
LHP- Outstanding advice. Why mess up a vacation day. Take some before your cruise to see how you react. It is obvious from these posts that different people have different reactions. I suggest trying it for more than one day. Some reactins may take a couple of days of constant use to surface. Its worth the extra money to find out before you go.