Family Travel Question:

Q | How likely are we to get seasick on a cruise?

Would we get seasick on a cruise ship if we get sick going out on smaller boats fishing in the ocean? And if so, what is the best way to treat it so we can enjoy our cruise? - Jill, Oregon

A | Ways to avoid seasickness in children and adults

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Just because you get seasick on a small boat doesn’t necessarily mean you will feel woozy on a cruise ship. First of all, cruise ships are very large and therefore big waves don’t have as significant an impact on their passengers as do smaller boats. Secondly, today’s cruise ships are outfitted with state-of-the-art stabilizers to decrease the feel of the rocking of the ocean.

Having said that, if you tend to get motion sickness you are more prone to sea sickness on a cruise. Here are some tips to avoid nausea at sea. Choose a cruise that takes place in calmer waters. For example, I know from personal experience that a family Mediterranean cruise is less rocky than an journey with the kids through the rough waves of the Pacific Ocean. Also, make sure to choose a cruise that does not take place during storm season.

Another trick is to book a room in the center of the boat on a higher deck. Staring out out at the horizon and getting some fresh air can help too. For your inaugural cruise, I’d suggest choosing a short itinerary to see how you fare before embarking on a longer cruise.

I tend to get motion sickness, as does my kindergartner, but that does not stop us from cruising! A cruise can make a wonderful choice for a family vacation with activities and fun for all ages. For more tips and remedies, check out Children’s Motion Sickness No More on

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