I'm worried about getting seasick during my gulet cruise

Any words of advice?

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 sea sickness?

Sea sickness 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.

When your brain gets confused by the mixed messages, you may start to experience symptoms 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!

Tips to prevent sea sickness

  • 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 synch to the motion of the boat. Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed to reset your internal equilibrium and eliminate the woozy feeling.
  • 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 seasick people. One sure-fire way to get sick is to watch other people getting sick. Like a schoolyard case of the chicken pox, motion sickness 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 helps many people avoid the feeling of nausea.
  • Some people swear by the power of hypnosis, meditation, and audio-sensory programs (like Nevasic). Although we've never tried them, we know that seasickness is usually caused by a disconnect between the senses. It makes sense that a "mind over matter" approach could be useful in overcoming the symptoms.

For guests who know they susceptible to seasickness (also called motion sickness, mal de mer, or our favourite, sea stomach), 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 minimize your symptoms.

Don’t let the fear of getting seasick ruin a potentially great vacation. Plan ahead and be prepared to ensure you feel ship-shape for the duration of the sailing holiday of your dreams.

waves crashing on the beach, avoiding seasickness during your gulet cruise