If you get queasy when you’re on the move, the thought of a cruise might be too much for your stomach to handle. You shouldn’t let it stop you getting out on the open water though. For a start, the majority of big cruise liners these days have stabilizers to keep the motion of the boat to a minimum and routes are changed to avoid stormy weather. If you still get struck with mal de mer, there are plenty of remedies and plenty of seasoned seasick cruisers who will prove it’s possible to sail through without letting it spoil your holiday.
That said, everyone is different and what works for someone else might not work for you. With that in mind, we’ve put together five weird ways of beating sea sickness that you might want to add to your repertoire.
Use the Power of Your Mind
Motion sickness is thought to be caused by an imbalance between what your eyes are seeing and what your ears are sensing. When you’re on a cruise ship, your inner ear reacts to the motion of the boat whereas your eyes respond to what they’re seeing — more often than not stationary objects on board. It’s just your body getting confused, and you know better, so it’s time to tell it who is boss. You need to tell yourself you don’t get seasick and believe what you’re saying. If you can say it with conviction, you might even convince that inner ear of yours to behave. Take a long hard look in the mirror and tell yourself you are fine, you don’t feel sick. Then all you have to do is work on taking your mind off it, it should be easy enough with a boat full of entertainment.
Follow Your Nose
A worrying whiff in the air is a quick way to bring on nautical nausea. Any smell you’re not keen on can exacerbate or even bring on seasickness. In fact, even smells you like can push you to the edge if they’re a little overwhelming. Even if you like the smell, try not to get caught in a cloud of perfume. Keep yourself and your room as clean as a whistle, and hopefully you won’t invite any unwanted odors. If you sense a stench, then get yourself on the move. Fresh air is your friend, just make sure you don’t go and stand next to anyone being sick over the railings.
Find Your Happy Place
Where you are on the cruise ship can make a whole heap of difference to your motion sickness. If the tell-tale beginnings of seasickness strike then it's time to move around. No doubt you will know to stand at the edge of the boat and keep your eyes on the horizon to regain your balance. Remember that the middle of the ship is the most stable part of the boat though, you want to avoid the bow and stern at all cost. The best way to reduce the water’s motion though is to submerge yourself in it. What better excuse to dive into the ship’s pool. You’ll want to be completely submerged though, if you’ve got scuba gear with then you’ll be set.
Gain Some Ground Control
Arming yourself with knowledge about NASA’s Autogenic-Feedback Training Exercise could put you back in control of your motion sickness. The program was developed to help astronauts with motion sickness by giving them the ability to voluntarily control their responses to a number of environmental factors. The space-aged training techniques used include autogenic therapy and biofeedback. It may sound a little too intergalactic, but with the promise of persistent results over time, maybe you shouldn't let it be so alien to you.
Get a New Pair of Goggles
You might have to temporarily put your fashion sense to one side for this one, but Citroen may have the answer for you. They’ve developed the cleverly named SEETROËN Glasses to help people with motion sickness. The frames are filled with a blue liquid that simulates the angle and movements of the horizon. What that means for you is that your eyes match what your ears detect. Citroen claims that you don’t need to wear them for an entire trip, just as well if you’re on a cruise as you could end up with some interesting tan lines.