I've suffered from severe vertigo for almost 5 months, and took a cruise 2 months ago. Didn't have any seasickness, because I'm dizzy anyway. I have found that people that worry about seasickness are the ones that are apt to get seasick more often. Some people swear by the patches, while others like the pressure wrist bands. Have never used either. Just go and enjoy. I'm sure you'll be fine.
When my husband wanted to go on a cruise, I was very leary of seasickness. We had some rough water and I never experienced any problems. On our second cruise, we had smooth sailing and I was sick within two hours after we set sail. I put on a patch that is applied behind your ear. All went well. Then I experienced decreased vision! My husband had to read the menu for me! It wasn't until I read the side effects the next day that I discovered OCCASIONALLY decreased vision occurs. I took the patch off--by the next day I was sick. The people in the gift shop told me that most employees that experience sickness us the wrist bands....so I tried them. Total relief. So they are now part of my regular cruise wear. I even have two bangle bracelets that I wear over them for formal nights.
I don't know what caused my seasickness. The only thing I can think of is that our first cruise was preceeded by a flight and then three days inland the second cruise was a flight and then directly to the ship. Maybe this had something to do with it. Hope this helps you. Sandie
Some fellow passengers on one of our cruises had problems with the patch, namely that it wouldn't re-stick after they took a shower! For that reason, plus my personal experience with Bonine (a non-drowsy relative of Dramamine), I recommend taking that medication. It's sold over the counter, at least in my state, and I experienced no side effects I can recall. WOrked like a charm - and I can get sick in the back seat of a car!
Hey Serious, you can get wrist bands at any drugstore. They are over the counter and have a minimal cost. I have used them for years, on planes, and on cruises. I am very prone to seasickness, but love the sea, so its always a quandry for me. But, wrist bands really do work. There are instructions - it works because of pressure points - instructions tell you exactly how to wear them. Still, I would never, for example, push the envelope by taking a Wind Star cruise on a sailing ship!.
Emily, they are usually referred to as seasickness bands, but if you tell the druggist exactly what you just said, they'll know where to steer you. They will probably be on a shelf - look near the Dramamine.
Although I have friends who have used them with success, I have not had such good luck with them. That's why I recommended Bonine (or the non-drowsy version of Dramamine) in my previous post. That works for me. It's not way expensive - you could get both the bands and the Bonine; that way you'd be covered. Who knows - you may find that the gentle rocking doesn't bother you at all! I didn't take any medication at all my last cruise (just last week - wish I was still there!)
Have a great time! Karen
Just a note to say thanks to you Karen and everyone else here who has been so informative and helpful! I guess I am worrying needlessly about a million details but there is so much to learn! Whew! Well i know the SECOND cruise will be less confusing (if we survive this first one!