I am 56 days from my first cruise on the Oasis of the Seas. I have gotten sea sickness on small boats and ferrys before but am not sure how i will be on this cruise. I saw my doc this week and she prescribed the trans scop patches but after reading all the side affects, don't know if I want to use them.
My question is i keep reading about the "shot" that the onboard doctor can administer. It is supposed to take care of everything without the side affects. First, has anyone used either the patches or gotten the shot? Also, does anyone know how much they charge you for the shot onboard? I guess I just want to be prepared so as not to ruin this great vacation!
Thanks in advance!
My BF is one of maybe 3-4% of population that gets really seasick, inner ear problem. He always gets Patches for behind the ear. Works for him.Just make sure they are fresh ones, he did get some near expiration and they were weak.
First, the Oasis of the Seas is the 2nd largest cruise ship in the world. (Its sister ship, the Allure of the Seas, is actually 5cm longer!) It's also one of the newest and has all the latest computerized stabilizing devices. Because of this, it is one of the most stable cruise ships out there.
Now, with that said, it does not mean you won't get seasick, but chances are fairly slim. And any movement that you get will be completely different that the movement you get on smaller boats. I know people who never get seasick on a small boat but will on a big ship. And I know people who get seasick on a big ship but never on a small boat. Obviously, it affects everyone different. I spent 6 years in the Navy and the first time we ever hit a bad storm and I was on a small ship, I got seasick for 3 days! I would not have been surprised to see my shoes coming out of my mouth I was throwing up so hard!! But as they say, once you get seasick that bad, you'll never get seasick again. And they weren't kidding - I've never gotten seasick or motion sickness again.
They did an episode on Mythbusters about seasickness that I thought was very informative. They tried several different remedies to see which one worked best. They tried the wristbands, Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine is one brand), non-drowsy Dimenhydrinate, Scopolamine patches, and ginger tables. What was most interesting is that they had the best results with simple ginger tablets, which the Chinese have used for thousands of years to help prevent motion sickness. You can get it cheaply over the counter at any drugstore. Who knew?
The thing about any of these medications is that you have to begin using them about 3 days in advance. If you wait until you need them, it's too late.
Alot of people have adverse reactions to the various drug items, which can ruin your vacation, so personally I would want to try the non-drug items first since there are no side affects with them.
But just because you have a problem with motion sickness on small boats does not necessarily mean you'll have any problems on this ship. We were on the Allure of the Seas and at times it was really hard realizing we were even at sea. It is an extremely stable platform, that's for sure.
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Good ole' Mythbusters. They are why I tried the ginger. It really works. I used ginger tablets everyday and I took some crystalized ginger root with me and munched on that occasionally. When we were in really rough seas and I was staggering up the stairs, I was fine! It was even fun!