Sea Sickness

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If you feel unwell when travelling by boat, you may be experiencing sea sickness. This form of travel sickness is similar to feeling unwell in a car, though sea travel is often more turbulent than on roads. Some people may find sea sickness tablets or bands can ease the symptoms when they travel by boat.

What is sea sickness?

Sea sickness often happens when you travel by boat, cruise ships or on other watercrafts. Motion sickness is caused by mixed messages to your brain, where your inner ear sends different signals to what your eyes see. So when you’re on a vessel which is moving up and down over water, you may experience feelings of nausea, sickness and vertigo. On larger cruise ships, the feeling of movement without your eyes seeing it may also make you feel unwell.

What are sea sickness tablets?

If you’re looking for relief when you travel by boat, sea sickness tablets may be recommended by your pharmacist. Over-the-counter medicines such as promethazine teoclate or cinnarizine are often suggested for those who feel nauseous when they travel. Some sea sickness pills make people feel drowsy and interfere with other medications, so it’s important to consult a professional before taking them. It is also essential to get medical advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Are there any other sea sickness remedies I could try?

Sea sickness bands are another option, which are a natural and drug-free choice. The bands have a small plastic stud which applies acupressure to the on the Nei Kuan P6 point between the two central tendons near your wrist. Most anti- sickness bands are suitable for pregnant women and children, so talk to a pharmacist to see if this option is best for you or your family. Motion sickness patches are another available option, which can be prescribed by a GP.

How to ease sea sickness symptoms

There are a few ways to minimise the symptoms of sea sickness, such as:

  • Sea sickness tablets or bands
  • Ginger tea or tablets, which are said to settle the stomach
  • Keeping motion to a minimum by sitting in the centre of the boat
  • Closing your eyes and taking deep breaths
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Avoiding alcohol or heavy meals before travelling


If you’re looking to prevent feeling unwell when you travel on a boat, sea sickness tablets such as promethazine teoclate or cinnarizine may be recommended by your pharmacist. Some travel sickness pills interfere with other medications and make people feel drowsy, so it’s important to ask a professional before taking them, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. For a natural remedy, you could also try sea sickness bands, taking ginger tablets or standing or sitting in the centre of the boat.

Symptoms of sea sickness usually go away soon after journey is over, though sometimes they can last a few hours after travelling. By following the instructions on your pharmacy recommend anti-sickness remedy, you can help avoid sea-sickness for the duration of your trip.

Sea sickness can vary from person to person, and also depends on the weather conditions or sea you are travelling across. If you already know you experience travel sickness, it might be a good idea to prepare for your cruise. Certain regions are known for choppy waters, or during certain times of the year. i.e. Mediterranean areas in Winter months or the Caribbean during hurricane season (June- November). You could also book a cabin in the middle of the ship to avoid too much motion, or pack sea sickness bands ahead of your trip.