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snowdenj 03-09-2005 12:58 PM

Returned on Saturday from the constellation after a great cruise. Upon arriving at San Juan aiport I started feeling, like I was on the ship again. Today is Wednesday and I still have it. I'm concerned because I'm not one to get seasick. This was my 2nd cruise and the first time it ever happened. I wasn't sick at all during the cruise. Why am I feeling it now?

any advice?

Cruisingalong 03-09-2005 06:53 PM

I had the same problem when I came back from my cruise in Febuary.I used the patch to keep me from being sick while on the cruise, but had the sensation of rocking just like I was on the ship for about a week after I came home.
I believe this was caused because we had some pretty rough days at sea. It will probably wear off soon.

swimmersonboard 03-22-2005 03:02 PM just got home from a cruise on Saturday and I feel like I am going to fall down all day. It has been three days now. I was having problems with dizzines for three months before we left, went on steroids before we boarded and felt great prior to leaving and on the ship but now it is REALLY BAD! We did have some pretty rough days at sea but I hope this goes away soon.

Karen Knowlton 03-22-2005 03:14 PM

Even for those of us who have not had problems with dizziness or balance beforehand, there is some residual effect from a cruise which gradually fades. After my first couple cruises, I noticed the sensation - mild, but still noticeable - for about a week afterward. Since then, as I have gone on more cruises, I think my inner ear has adjusted better to the change, and the feeling only lasts for a couple days. A mild form of what you are experiencing is quite normal.

Since you had problems before your cruise, you should probably talk with your doctor about it. Perhaps what was bothering you before is not completely gone, and was just "triggered" again by being on water. In any case, it's probably a good idea to get checked out.

swimmersonboard 03-25-2005 11:32 AM

I just wanted to tell anyone that is dealing with post cruise dizziness that I found something that is helping me. A few months ago I was diagnosed with vesticular neuritis. It is a virus that attacks your brain stem and makes you dizzy and nauseated. It can last for up to three months and then it gradually goes away. I was at the end of the three months last week when we cruised.
There are certain vesticular exercises that retrain your balance that doctors give you for this virus and when I was reading online about "mal de Debarquement"(post cruise dizziness) a lot of the posts said that the exercises helped. I started doing mine again and its HELPED ALOT!!!!!!!!
Things like:
Turning your head from side to side low and then fast and focusing on something each time you turn. Walking on your tiptoes, slow and then fast. And this seems REALLY STUPID but it helped the most. You know how you turned yourself around and around to feel dizzy as a kid? Well if you do that three or four times a day you will feel sick but as your body adjusts from spinning it will help ALOT> Just walking or exercise is supposed to help to. You can look up Vesticular Exercises on the internet and almost any ear, nose and throat doctor has handouts on it. Hope this helps if you are dealing with it!

Karen Knowlton 03-25-2005 05:39 PM

Thanks, "swimmers"! Good advice that many of us can use. Glad you're starting to feel better.

Frase 03-25-2005 08:37 PM

I too, was affected by post-cruise dizziness. I thought I was the only one. But from reading what everyone else wrote in this post, the discriptions described what I expierienced perfectly!

I came back from my first and only cruise (so far) on the Sovereign of the Seas back on November 5th.

I did not get sea sick. Nor did I have this dizziness while at the ports of call (CocoCay and Nassau). But as soon as I got back to the home port (Pt. Canaveral) and onshore, I felt the dizziness. It felt like I was still on the ship and it was pitching up and down.

This dizzy sensation lasted SIX DAYS! I thought it would never go away! I thought it may have been related to my blood pressure medicine. Because on the prescription bottle there is a warning sticker that says "THIS MEDICINE MAY MAKE YOU DIZZY".

Anyway, I remember what helped: On the sixth-day I realized I should go to the gym to work of the extra pounds gained during the cruise. When I got there I decided to use the Eliptical Ski machine. Although I was worried I would lose my balance and fall off of it. I held tight to the Ski poles during the exercise. And after I finished, I stepped-off and immediately noticed an improvement (I was much less dizzy ).

sillyme 07-01-2005 08:17 PM

Oh my gosh, I am glad I read this post! I was soooooooo sick on my last cruise and it was Soveiren of the Seas too!! I couldn't even go to the bathroom w/out feeling like I was falling down, or when I took a shower, I had to hold on to the walls!! My poor husband was completely sick by day 3 too!! We are big boaters and never been sea sick, I wonder if the Soverien of the Seas has the same stabilizer as other ships, since it is pretty old. Hmmm. Oh, yea and the patch did help some, but the meds they give freely made me worse!! They made me feel "high" and I do not like that feeling at all!!!

Sunprincess 07-02-2005 06:40 AM

As I sit hear reading these posts I can relate oh so well. I am one who gets seasick on the Port Jeff Ferry! I can remember coming home from my first cruises feeling as you all were. Standing in the shower swaying!!
I am here to say that I no longer am bothered by this now. Perhaps we build up a tolerance or something? Not sure, but, I hope this is true for you all too.
Just keep cruising
Cyndi, thanks for the tips. I'll pass those along.


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