Will I get sea sick on a cruise? Tips for how to deal with seasickness

The main thing that puts people off booking a cruise is the fear of being sea sick. It’s a tough decision to make, as you don’t know how you will react until you actually get on the boat. As someone who can feel queasy in the back of a car, I have taken a few steps and I am fine with sea sickness, even on rough seas.

Here are my tips to make sure you don’t get sea sick, and advice for which type of cruise you should pick if you’re worried.

How likely is it that I will be seasick? 

Most people can feel the rocking of a ship, but the big difference is that most people won’t let if affect them and it won’t make them feel ill or overly uncomfortable. Personally, I found it a bit unsettling when I first felt the ship moving. After a few days, though, I could still feel the movement but it didn’t bother me any more. Instead of worrying about how much the ship was moving, I could sit back and enjoy a cocktail and entertainment while watching the waves.

This is called ‘finding your sea legs’, and most people find them in the first 24 hours of being on the ship.

Our of everyone that we saw, I only noticed one couple who had to leave dinner because of seasickness. The crew on our Disney Cruise were also very helpful and had great remedies for any illness. One night, they prepared special drinks to help two people on our table who were feeling a bit unsettled.

It is very rare for sea sickness to have a big impact on a person’s cruise. Only a very small amount of people cannot get used to being at sea. You’ll be fine!



Where should I cruise if I get travel sick?

Some cruises are more likely to run into rough seas than others. Look at the location that your favourite cruise is going to. Is it going right out into open seas, or popping along a coast?

Also think about the part of the world that the cruise is going to. If it is going right across the Atlantic ocean, you can expect a few sea days with a lot of rocking. The smoothest seas for a cruise include the Caribbean where cruises sail from one picturesque island to another. In my experience, the ocean looked like a pristine millpond in this area.

Our Mediterranean cruise did encounter some bad waters, but that was because it was getting later in the season. Some days, though, it barely felt like we were moving. If you’re cruising in waters likely to have hurricanes, look at sailing from February to May when the weather will be warm and should be calm. Check the local climate before you pick your dates and location.



What can I do to prevent or help sea sickness?

There are lots of things that you can do, from tablets to sea bands. If you don’t know how it will affect you, I recommend taking some sea bands with you. I wore mine during my first evening on the ship. There isn’t any medical proof that these work, but I did find that the pressure helped me to keep more centred and focused on what I was doing, instead of thinking about the rocking of the ship. It worked, and that’s good enough for me! I’ll definitely take them on my future cruises to help while I’m still finding my sea legs.

Ask at the local pharmacy to get the right medication and help for you. It’s always better to be over prepared and end up not needing it.


I hope these tips helped you and that you’re now ready to book your first cruise! Find out how much I enjoyed my recent Disney Cruise by clicking here. 


Have you been on a cruise? How was your sea sickness? Have you ever let being sea sick put you off a cruise?