The Worst Part Of A Cruise Ship For Seasickness

If you’re considering booking your first cruise but are nervous about seasickness, as many people are, you’re probably interested to know which locations on a cruise ship will make you feel the most sick.

A lady feeling sick onboard

It’s normal to have reservations, particularly if you’ve previously experienced motion sickness. However, rest assured that if you do suffer from seasickness, there are locations on a cruise ship that can significantly reduce your likelihood of feeling unwell. 

Read on to find out everything you need to know.

What part of a cruise ship is the worst for motion sickness?

The parts of the cruise ship that is the worst for motion sickness are the high decks at the front or the back (bow or aft). This is because as you move away from the centre of the ship, you’re more likely to feel the movement.

Modern cruise ships have advanced technology to minimise the movement felt on a cruise ship. These stabilisers work by counteracting the ship’s roll and maintaining balance even in rough waters, hence why the centre of the ship is the best place to feel the least amount of movement, if any.

A cruise ship deck

Where is the best place to be on a cruise ship to avoid seasickness?

The best place on a cruise ship to avoid sea sickness is the middle and lower decks. There is less sway in the centre of the ship, near the water line. Staterooms with a window or a veranda are good rooms to book, as you can look at the horizon to help with motion sickness. This gives your brain a reference point to focus on.

Woman relaxing on a cruise window

If the cruise ship has a promenade deck, it’s the best deck to limit any possibility of feeling unwell. This is because you’re low down, out in the fresh air and can look at the horizon.

If the worst happens and you need to be sick, you’ll never be far from the bathroom, or you could be sick over the side of the ship, as there’s no one below.

Prom deck on Iona
Promenade deck on Iona

Is the front or back of a cruise ship better for seasickness?

Neither the front nor the back of a cruise ship are good for seasickness. Ideally, you want to be in the middle of the ship. This is where the movement is at its least, making it feel more stable, so you will feel the minimum movement possible. 

Should I worry about getting seasick on a cruise?

If you’re considering booking your first cruise, it’s good to know most people will never get seasick, even when the water is choppy. The cruise lines invest heavily in the best technology, such as stabilisers. The ships are so well designed that most of the time, you won’t even feel the ship moving. 

A lady feeling dizzy onboard

The cruise lines definitely do not want passengers to suffer whilst on a cruise. In fact, a good hint of whether the Captain is expecting rough seas are the paper bags which will suddenly appear around the ship, usually hanging on the balustrades. Also, there will be an announcement and an update on your cruise ship’s TV. 

Choosing The Right Cruise

However, if you are particularly susceptible to seasickness, there are several things to bear in mind when booking your cruise to prevent seasickness. Choose a large, modern ship and carefully pick your room’s location. 

Two person walking happily on a cruise without feeling sick

Also, consider the season and choose a destination where the water is expected to be smooth. For example, it’s best to avoid the Caribbean during hurricane season or the Bay of Biscay, as the waves can get high, so you’ll more likely feel the movement of the sea. You may want to book somewhere known for calmer waters, such as the Mediterranean, in the summer. 

If you want to book a cruise but are concerned about seasickness, try a short cruise on a large ship that sails in calm waters first. This way, you can gauge your comfort level, and once you feel at ease, you can gradually extend the duration of future cruises.

For more tips, I have put together this article on the 16 Tricks Guaranteed to Prevent Seasickness on a Cruise.

Self-Care to Prevent Seasickness

If you are prone to seasickness, it’s not just about where you are on the ship to consider. It’s also about looking after yourself on the cruise.

Avoid heavy meals and alcohol, as these can all contribute towards being seasick. Whilst at sea, you may also want to avoid the gym too, as running on a treadmill or cross trainer while the ship is moving can add to the motion sensory overload. 

A girl feeling terribly sick onboard

If you are unfortunate enough to suffer whilst on your cruise ship, it may be temporary while your senses adjust and your equilibrium returns. If it continues, make sure you get plenty of rest, get some fresh air, stay hydrated and take over-the-counter medication. 

Don’t worry if you forget to bring any with you, on most cruise ships, you can contact guest relations or the medical centre, where you can get tablets to give you some relief.

Some people prefer natural remedies, such as ginger, which is often recommended for its anti-nausea properties. Others use acupressure wristbands, which have a round button and, when worn it presses on an acupressure point to prevent or relieve seasickness.

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Jenni Fielding is the founder of Cruise Mummy. She has worked in the cruise industry since 2015 and has taken over 30 cruises. Now, she helps over 1 million people per month to plan their perfect cruise holidays.

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