Seasickness and motion sickness are the same thing. You feel dizzy and maybe nauseous, and you may have difficulty standing and little interest in activities. Not everyone gets seasick, and of those who do, everyone seems to react a bit differently. Some conquer their illness in just a short while and others find it takes much longer.

The good news is that Great Lakes cruises are usually stable and reasonably smooth when compared with ocean cruises. The reason is that the Great Lakes are smaller than the ocean and generally have smaller waves, and therefore less chance to rock-the-boat so to speak. Still, some people do become seasick even on Great Lakes cruises and there are some things that you can do to help yourself avoid illness or to overcome it in the event you can’t totally escape it.

First, consider eating some ginger. People have been taking ginger as a supplement for many years and experts agree that this simple homeopathic cure can have a positive effect on seasickness for many people. Ginger can be found in a number of forms from pills to candy, gum, candied ginger pieces and cookies.

Second, starting out with stomach distress won’t make it any easier to adjust to being aboard ship. So, avoid foods that may be hard on your stomach for several hours before you board. This includes anything acidic like coffee or spicy food. You may also want to avoid greasy foods or anything that you know gives you the slightest bit of stomach trouble.

Third, mention to your Great Lakes cruise line that you have a problem with motion sickness. Sometimes they can help by arranging to give you a cabin in a part of the ship that has less movement.

Fourth, some people claim that walking around the ship helps them to adjust to the movement. This may be correct since the sickness seems to be related to the brain trying to adjust to an unaccustomed movement. Walking around on deck while you learn the layout of the ship may give your brain a chance to adjust to the new movement while keeping your mind occupied elsewhere, thereby helping to ease your symptoms.

Fifth, there are now several over the counter medications available such as Dramamine that can help alleviate your symptoms. If you think you might need them, the time to buy these tablets is before you board ship, as the price may be much higher from the ship’s store.

Sixth, there are a number of wrist bands (some are even eletric) now available that many people claim gives them great relief from seasickness, but the catch is you much start wearing the bands before you board the ship and you cannot remove them until after the trip is over.

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