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Can you feel any motion/speed while on a cruise ship?

Started 1391131700.927 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1391225244.23 by croemer

I have a chance to go on my very first cruise. I am still considering it, but I suffer from anxiety. I don't travel well while others are driving, and most of the time I just wish the driver would slow down.

I have often thought I would like to go on a cruise, as I will not fly on an airplane. Can someone please tell me what it feels like on a cruise? Do you feel the speed of the ship? Can you sense a rocking type of motion? Thanks.

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Qwackertoo1391131907.85310740 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006

Pretty much no. Unless you're out on the balcony looking out. BUT I do feel after getting back home to my own bed like I'm on the ship with a gentle rocking/wave motion. So it must be very slight. You might feel it when laying in bed depending on what level you are on and how the sea is that day.

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I am still­ oxox1391131919.8134447 PostsRegistered 5/14/2006North of NYC - the greatest city in the world

A lot depends on the weather and the size of the ship.

I have been on several cruises and yes at times you can feel the roll of the seas.

Decided to change up my SN a bit, and maybe this is a bit clearer :)

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croemer1391132187.10775886 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

Yesssssssssssssssssss!!! I was so sick on our cruise I was just miserable. The last night aa singer in the on board band told me about Meclizine and that you could get it free on board. Wow what a life saver. I didn't know about it until the last 24 hrs. but thank goodness it worked and I had 24 hrs. free of nausea. I believe you can get it now in the pharmacy under the name Bonine.

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SmittenKit­ten1391132225.4832434 PostsRegistered 1/9/2014

You don't feel the speed but you can feel it rocking especially if the seas are rough. If you're prone to motion sickness then you might not enjoy cruising.

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merrytime1391132293.997649 PostsRegistered 2/7/2009n.c.
We experienced a 2 week cruise to Alaska several years ago. I never felt any motion except for a few early morning docking times at a port while still in bed. Nothing bad or really noticeable, though. We had a blast the entire time. That is the only cruise that I have been on. Maybe others have been on more cruises and have had a different experience.

colliemom31391132367.7116227 PostsRegistered 9/7/2010

Yes. I woke up feeling like I was in a washing machine. Many people on the boat were sick on the cruise I went on. Meds helped, but that nauseated feeling never left me. Hubby too.

FrostyBabe1391132390.753188 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004in the vicinity of an area adjacent to a location

Yes, at times you may feel some motion. It depends on the weather and the size of your ship. Selecting a cabin that is mid-ship and on a lower level will help alleviate some of that feeling, but may not totally do away with it.

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scotttie1391132483.53338805 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

I felt nothing. However, if you have severe motion sickness you might get sick. One time I got motion sickness just from being in a revolving restaurant at the top of a building.

Personally I did fine on the first leg of the voyage. But on the return part, I got seasick although I wasn't aware of any movement.

If you don't have motion sickness, I don't think you will have ANY problem

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scotttie1391132543.68738805 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006

PS: I was on the New Amsterdam ship which is part of the Holland America line. It was a cruise to ports in Mexico, Grand Cayman Island and Jamaica.

Last edited on 1/30/2014

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Qwackertoo1391132945.30310740 PostsRegistered 9/16/2006

Only time I ever felt it was on a Celebrity Caribbean cruise, eastern . . . BUT I think it was because a small piece of calcium had broken off deep in one of my ear canals, I forget the name of it . . . from repeated multiple sneezing . . . as I felt woozily on the flight too circling and landing when we "tipped" and turned for approach . . . I took the *free* medicine available on board . . . we were on a higher deck so one day we went to a lower deck and just sat in a seating area mid-ship . . . . and drank a super cold 7UP which seemed to help.

But I won't blame this on the cruise. But it sure didn't make it any better. Thank goodness all other cruises have been free of any incidents.

I highly recommend the *free* medicine and super cold 7UP should the need arise. :)

Stargazer771391133837.8176286 PostsRegistered 10/24/2006

My uncle once told me he thought Eastern Caribbean cruises were calmer than Western Caribbean cruises. I've only been on one cruise (Eastern Caribbean) so I don't know if he was right. I really enjoyed my cruise and I had that "still moving" feeling for a whole week afterward in my own bed! It was very calming.

croemer1391133974.26775886 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009

Guess I am the only one who was miserable the whole time. Our ship listed side to side the whole time.{#emotions_dlg.crying}

"Well Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart."

scotttie1391134197.88338805 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006
On 1/30/2014 croemer said:

Guess I am the only one who was miserable the whole time. Our ship listed side to side the whole time.{#emotions_dlg.crying}


Oh no! Was it the Caribbean? What was the cruise line?

PS: Do you know how hard it is to spell Caribbean?

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colliemom31391134587.28716227 PostsRegistered 9/7/2010
On 1/30/2014 croemer said:

Guess I am the only one who was miserable the whole time. Our ship listed side to side the whole time.{#emotions_dlg.crying}

I was too. You aren't the only one.

missyw11391134744.95332448 PostsRegistered 3/4/2007
No. I have been on a cruise.

croemer1391135189.4975886 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009
On 1/30/2014 beammeupscottie said:
On 1/30/2014 croemer said:

Guess I am the only one who was miserable the whole time. Our ship listed side to side the whole time.{#emotions_dlg.crying}


Oh no! Was it the Caribbean? What was the cruise line?

PS: Do you know how hard it is to spell Caribbean?

Carribean...Disney Cruise line scottie.

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croemer1391135226.50375886 PostsRegistered 1/29/2009
On 1/30/2014 colliemom3 said:
On 1/30/2014 croemer said:

Guess I am the only one who was miserable the whole time. Our ship listed side to side the whole time.{#emotions_dlg.crying}

I was too. You aren't the only one.

Good to know...misery loves company.{#emotions_dlg.lol}

"Well Bless Your Pea Pickin' Heart."

graycatsru­le1391137971.345646 PostsRegistered 7/3/2013

My friend just got back from a Caribbean cruise. She was gone for a week and said it rained all, but one day. The seas were rough, but she said it didn't bother her.

twopeas1391138990.9734742 PostsRegistered 6/5/2011PNW

The ships are equipped with stabilizers to keep the ship the listing most of the time. My dh and I have gone on about five cruises. The only one that made me sick was when we were hit by a storm in the outside passage going to Alaska. It felt like we were in a small rowboat. My dh didn't get sick at all, but I am made ill quite easily ever since I was a child and would get car sick. All in all, I highly recommend cruising. Start some sea sick medication a few days before you sail. You will most likely love it.

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Deb1010aga­in1391140424.1973231 PostsRegistered 5/28/2013

I've been on five cruises and will be going on my sixth in June. I agree with others who said it depends on the size of the ship. I've NEVER gotten sea sick. And I'm pretty squeamish. I'd highly recommend a cruise. As others have said, be sure you have sea sickness meds. I've seen people on the ship with this little dot behind their ear...I think it's some kind of sea sickness med.

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Seattlegir­l980261391141569.091754 PostsRegistered 12/9/2011
I've been on 15+ cruises and agree with Deb.

scotttie1391141809.2138805 PostsRegistered 6/15/2006
On 1/30/2014 Deb1010again said:

I've been on five cruises and will be going on my sixth in June. I agree with others who said it depends on the size of the ship. I've NEVER gotten sea sick. And I'm pretty squeamish. I'd highly recommend a cruise. As others have said, be sure you have sea sickness meds. I've seen people on the ship with this little dot behind their ear...I think it's some kind of sea sickness med.


I used that little dot. I think it was called "Transderm Scop" It helped on the way out but on the return trip I still got a little seasick. Like "car sickness". Not really bad just enough to be unpleasant. I wish I had gone to see the ships medical dept. I think they could have helped me.

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onewhiteSp­arrow1391141905.8439947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

I am the type that has major motion sickness. In a car going on a snake pattern road will make me sick with motion sickness. Going in circles makes me get motion sickness.

So knowing this about myself my doctor gives me a prescription for the "Motion Patches" that is worn behind the ear. Looks like a dot behind the ear. My doctor makes sure I have enough to put a fresh Dot on every 3 days....while I am on the cruise.

Last time we was gone for 16 days and nights. We were on the high seas far away from the shore; headed to all the Hawaii islands. We had a storm two evenings far out at sea, and I felt nothing...no motion sickness.

Another time headed to Alaska and Canada again I wore the Dot behind the ear. We had a major storm and again I felt no motion sickness.

I never feel like I am on drugs...or anything...it feels like I took a vitamin with no after effects. I will always have that Dot behind my ear on every cruise. I LOVE THOSE DOTS. (smile)

Get the meds in the Dot for motion sickness, and go enjoy the trip. Why take a chance and later find out you get motion sickness. If you get sick it makes the trip bad, and you want to enjoy the whole trip. Go and have fun and you will want to go on another cruise.

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kachina6241391142630.74716322 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004New Mexico
On 1/30/2014 twopeas said:

The ships are equipped with stabilizers to keep the ship the listing most of the time. My dh and I have gone on about five cruises. The only one that made me sick was when we were hit by a storm in the outside passage going to Alaska. It felt like we were in a small rowboat. My dh didn't get sick at all, but I am made ill quite easily ever since I was a child and would get car sick. All in all, I highly recommend cruising. Start some sea sick medication a few days before you sail. You will most likely love it.

I had the same experience...left Seattle and headed to the open sea w/o the stabilizers to make fast time to Juneau. Both my sister and I got sick and never ate that night. I was mad! Had never needed Bonine before so didn't have any with us.

onewhiteSp­arrow1391142879.239947 PostsRegistered 8/5/2011

That is why I say to get the Dot with meds and you never have to worry the whole trip.

"From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul. That tale will move them & drive them & who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words."

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