has anyone sailed from new orleans through the gulf? if so, is the gulf any more calm than the damn atlantic? i am very motion sensitive, but i do my best. i do not enjoy days at sea, but if the boat doesn't rock at all..it's good. the otc drugs do not work for me, i have an inner ear imbalance. scopolomine is what i have been taking, but the side effests are rough.
The Gulf Of Mexico is usually calm, but it also can have it's moments. Actually the ships have to do a fair amount of twisting and turning on the transit through the channel from New Orleans to the open water.
I have sailed down the Miss. from New Orleans many times and that is normally a "calm" trip. As for the Gulf, I have found it to be a little more "rough" than the Atlantic. Perhaps the roughness depends on when you go. Naturally, if you go during hurricane season the risk of high seas is greater, even if the storm is hundreds of miles away. I have sailed in the Gulf 11 times and cannot remember a single time when there was not *some* rocking.
beckie, I have not sailed this particular area. However, I have found the best seasick prevention is the "seasick relief band" which works off batteries at the pulsepoint. I got mine at Sharper Image; however you can probably find them cheaper on line. They are in the $80 - $100 range, and though the batteries are very expensive, in bulk purchased on line they are very cheap.
f-maddox. I have used the patch and I have used the seasick relief band. I am very prone to motion sickness and with the patch, I STILL had to go to the room to lay down. Not with the band! Now whether it is placebo or not...oh well...as long as I don't get sick -Fantastic!
I am not sure when you are going to the Gulf but we went last year on the Grandeur the first week of March. We went to Costa Maya and Cozumel - everything was fine until we left Cozumel. It was extremely windy and the water was very rough. All of the water was actually sloshing out of the pools. It was very rough - my 9 y/o described it perfectly when he said he felt like a breadcrumb in a wine glass and someone was swirling it around. However, cannot compare to any other trips because I have only sailed once in the Gulf.
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