How to Avoid Getting Seasick on a Cruise

Tips for preventing seasickness (and recovering quickly if you do get seasick on your cruise)

This page was updated on Apr 20, 2021 12:50 PM

Concerned About Seasickness?

Are you worried about getting seasick during your cruise? The good news is that classic wood gulets are massive vessels, and therefore very stable in the water. However, each person's response to the continuous rocking motion of the boat (even while anchored) varies and some people become seasick.

What is Seasickness?

Seasickness is a form of motion sickness that occurs when your senses send conflicting information to your brain. On a boat, it is usually caused when the signals sent by receptors in your inner ear don't match the signals sent from your eyes.

What Are The Symptoms of Seasickness?

When your brain gets confused by the mixed messages, you may start to experience the symptoms of seasickness which include nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Other common signs are sweating and a general feeling of unease. Not exactly how you want to feel during your dream vacation!

What Should You Do If You Start to Feel Seasick During Your Cruise?

  • Watch your consumption of alcohol and avoid heavy, spicy or fatty foods. Having said that, a light meal can sometimes help settle your stomach if you are feeling queasy.
  • Look towards the horizon to help your brain and inner ear sync to the motion of the boat. Sometimes, that's all that's needed to reset your internal equilibrium and eliminate the woozy feeling you can feel when first setting off on a cruise.
  • Get outside, into the fresh air. While you may want to stay indoors and suffer in the relative privacy of your cabin, diesel fumes can exacerbate nausea.
  • As much as possible, avoid other people who are also feeling unwell. One sure-fire way to get sick is to watch other people getting sick. Like a schoolyard case of the chicken pox, seasickness is very contagious!
  • Consider over-the-counter anti-nausea remedies to alleviate your symptoms.
  • Wear an acupressure wristband. These wristbands apply pressure to a point on the inside of the wrist, which prevent many people from getting seasick / motion sick.
  • Some people swear by the power of hypnosis, meditation, and audio-sensory programs (like Nevasic - an audio program to prevent and help people recover when nauseated on a cruise). We know that seasickness is usually caused by a disconnect between the senses, so it makes sense that a "mind over matter" approach could be useful in alleviating the symptoms.

If you think it's likely you'll get seasick on your cruise, we suggest consulting with your doctor or pharmacist for advice and medication in advance of your vacation. It is important to be proactive, as most medications are only effective if taken before the symptoms begin.

In the event that you do become ill while on board, please advise a member of the crew immediately. (Don't be embarrassed - it can happen to the most experienced of sailors from time to time!) Captain Oktay will closely monitor the weather conditions and stay in calm, protected waters for the smoothest voyage possible, which should help help alleviate your symptoms..

Don't let the worry of becoming seasick on a cruise ruin a potentially great vacation. Plan ahead and be prepared to ensure you feel ship-shape for the duration of your Blue Cruise gulet holiday with Arkadaslik Yachting.