A boat trip can be accompanied by another makeshift route of cold sweats, paleness, nausea and finally, vomiting. It is known as motion sickness or sea sickness, which is triggered because the brain receives signals from the inner ear (which detects the movement of the ship), which do not match those recorded by the eye (if they are focused inside the boat, in a book…).
In a cruise there are less and less cases of those affected because “cruise ships have stabilizers, so the impact of the movement of the sea on board is practically none.
Despite all these measures, there are people prone to getting dizzy that even in favorable conditions fall indisposed. This is why we recommend cabins located in the center of the ship or on the lower decks, since they tend to be the ones that move the least at sea. And if the discomfort is still unleashed, the best solution on board of a cruise ship is to go personally to the medical staff of the ship to detect the first symptoms, which will be available to passengers 24 hours, whenever they need it. If you are on board of a yacht or sail ship, go to the nearest port and stabilize.
For those who are going to sail these days in another type of boat that does not have the stabilizers of a cruise ship or is on board a boat with the rough sea, here are some tips:
-Do not embark on an empty stomach. It is good to have a full stomach, but not too much.
-Take some preventive medication, sea sickness pills, at least half an hour before boarding the boat if you usually get dizzy.
-Locate in the center of the boat, the area where the swinging is less appreciated, and away from the engine to avoid smoke inhalation.
-Stay sitting on the deck and do not make sudden changes in posture. Be careful not to duck or lower your head.
-If you notice that you start to get dizzy, look at a fixed point of the sea, in the distance, to the horizon.
-Do not go down to the cabin while the boat is running and do not close your eyes, because it will get even more dizzy.
-If you have become dizzy aboard a small pleasure boat, the best way to stop the symptoms is to jump into the water if you can.
-If you have reached the stage of vomiting, try to remain calm, go outside the boat to give it air and look at the horizon. Do not drink anything, or liquids, because you will end up vomiting them.
If the affected person has not stopped vomiting for more than half an hour, he is weak and unable to stand up and loses consciousness, he must be treated by a doctor, but such situations are not usually common. Most motion sickness is overcome without complications. They are more common in the first hours on board the ship, but the body ends up getting used to it and the discomfort disappears.