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  • On Feb 19, 2023
    Karen from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What do I do if I get seasick

    Ahoy there Karen and welcome to planDisney! 

    From the looks of it, it seems that you might be a little bit concerned about the motion of the ocean and how it'll affect you on an upcoming voyage. Coming from someone who's lived out on the open seas for years, don't fret; a lot of folks ask the same questions before sailing and often find themselves in the same boat! (Or in this case, ship - you'll definitely earn points among seafaring folk by not referring to any of the Disney Cruise Line fleet as "a boat".)

    For so many of us, earning your sea legs is like a rite of passage but even the most seasoned sailors may have started off feeling a bit queasy and uneasy on the seas. As a longtime seafarer, here are some of Prince's Picks, Tips and Tricks to help anyone concerned about getting seasick:

    • Prevention is key, and taking steps to avoid it or ease any symptoms prior to setting sail will be crucial to your experience on board. If you are already prone to motion sickness or find yourself to have a higher sensitivity preventing you from enjoying certain Walt Disney World Resort rides and attractions, you might want to look into prescribed options with your healthcare professional.
    • For many cruise ship tourists who sail for a short period of time, using various patches placed behind the ear well before sailing, special wristbands or medications may be effective and depend on each individual; the onboard Health Center typically found on Deck 1, Forward may also have these available to guests and crew alike.
    • Choosing the location of your Stateroom may make a big difference on how much motion you'll be feeling, depending on the ship that you're on. In my experience, smaller seafaring vessels tend to result in experiencing more movement while larger ships seem to glide along - especially if the stabilizers are extended and you are staying in a location as centrally located as possible Midship and not on a higher Deck.
    • The time of year as well as where you will be sailing plays a major role in the probability of choppier seas affecting your voyage, which is why it's very popular to take shorter stints between islands in the Caribbean outside of Hurricane Season. Crossing oceans, boarding tender boats or sailing between continents can even shake the sturdiest sailors! (The wildest waves I've ever experienced have been in the North Atlantic and South Pacific.)
    • Take Moana's advice and see the line where the sky meets the sea; many crew members will also suggest looking at the horizon alongside settling your insides with green apples and ginger in various forms. 

    It's very important that you remain in your Stateroom if you're feeling especially unwell, as being sick or vomiting in public areas on board is taken very seriously and precautions may be put in place to ensure the safety for everyone just in case. 

    As I always say ahead of any wanderings out on the water - if the waves start rockin', prevent seasickness from knockin'. Come back to planDisney to let me know if any of my suggestions worked for you, or to ask me and our team of awesome ocean adventurers any more questions for your upcoming voyages!

    Here's hoping that you'll have a Disney Cruise Line adventure that totally rocks (just not too much)!
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Meet the Panelist: Prince, Ontario

Hello, Bonjour, Aloha and Ahoy there! As a performer and world explorer who's been to all of the Disney theme parks around the globe, I'm always happy to provide my best adventuring advice and knowledge to navigate your way to all of the greatest snacks, attractions and entertainment on land and at sea. Find me featured on the planDisney Podcast and on the Disney Parks Blog, discussing Disney Eats at festivals and beyond, holiday events at Walt Disney World Resort and planning my Disney Fairy Tale Wedding! Learn More About Prince

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