You wouldn’t believe how many times people have told me they’d go on a cruise if it wasn’t for seasickness. Maybe they’re prone to motion sickness, maybe they previously had a bad experience on a boat, or perhaps they heard stories of another cruiser’s nightmare experience at sea.
As veteran cruisers, we’ve heard and seen it all, and we’re happy to report that people’s fears are usually much worse than the reality. We’ve seen folks who fit the aforementioned description, but ended up having the time of their lives on a cruise. Even those who have actually struggled with seasickness generally report having an easier time than they expected.
Although it’s often simply due to the smooth sailing that cruises offer (thanks to generally calm waters and some heavy-duty ship stabilizers), there are numerous precautions you can take to avoid getting sick, as well as remedies that can help once you start feeling ill. And it’s not all about medication. Here are 10 ways to avoid or alleviate seasickness so you can set sail stress-free.