Disney Cruise Line: Sea Sickness


Sea sickness, it happens, but be prepared and you’ll greatly reduce your chances. I was working with a family today and this topic came up, so I rummaged in our archives and found this great post.

If you have already made the choice to cruise with Disney, you have done the right thing. If you are still considering a Disney Cruise Line vacation, you are still doing the right thing. But with all of the magic the surrounds a Disney Cruise there is also that one thing that can steer people away from opting for cruising at all….SEASICKNESS!!

So let’s talk about it!

Do not let the fear of seasickness detour you from Disney Cruising, just make sure you are prepared so that you are not surprised when/if it happens to you or someone in your travel party. This is like any other situation, knowledge is power.  So we will start with the basics…what causes seasickness?

The reaction of your body’s inner ear balance system to the unfamiliar motion of the ship. The movement of the ship causes stress on the balancing portion of the brain. For example, your brain knows that an item such as a wall should not be swaying; this confuses the inner ear and causes stress which causes nausea.Linda Garrison About.com

Who gets it?

It is important to know that just because you have gotten sick on an airplane or a small boat does not mean you will get seasick on a large cruise ship.  However, with that being said it is reported that those prone to motion sickness are more likely prone to seasickness.  But it is more important to point out that everyone is affected differently, just because your neighbor became seasick on their cruise does not mean that it is going to happen to you.


  • Try not to focus on one point
  • Step outside for fresh air
  • Lay on the deck
  • Sleep it off (yes this is true)
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Face forward on the deck rather than sideways
  • Take deep breaths
  • Be sure to keep your stomach full


  • Eat fatty or spicy foods
  • Go to a lower deck
  • Stare through binoculars or stare at one point for a long period of time.
  • Read

Can you cure it?

There are remedies that are known to help alleviate the nausea associated with seasickness. It is important to know that not all of these will work on everyone so you will want to be prepared with several options. When I cruised for the first time I had Dramamine with me and the Seabands…good news is they are still in the package. ;0)

Common Remedies

  • Dramamine and Bonine both of these options can be purchased over the counter at most drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens.
  • Scopolamine is a common prescription drug patch that is worn behind the ear. This is a very effective prescription medicine. These patches last up to 3 days and the medicine is time released.
  • Ginger pills can be purchased at health food stores. Some say that this is a very effective remedy.
  • Seabands are another very common remedy. These bands can be purchased over the counter at drug stores such as CVS and Walgreens. The bands apply acupressure to relieve seasickness.

If these remedies do not work for you, you will want to call the ship’s doctor. They are equipped with shots and prescription meds that can help take away the sickness very quickly. The bottom line here is to cruise fully prepared…have some of the above remedies with you prior to boarding the ship so that you don’t have to spend double the amount once you board and also know some strategies to help you get through should you start to feel slightly disoriented. Do not let the fear of getting sick detour you from hopping aboard a magical Disney Cruise!!!


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  • We went on our first Disney cruise last year and I am very prone to seasickness. One tip I heard about was to take Dramamine every night before bed. You can sleep off the drowsiness and it stays in your system the next day and you don’t get sick. It worked for me and some of my older kids.
    Hope that helps someone. That even means taking the first one the night before your cruise begins.

  • Thank you so much for sharing! I have used it as well but never the night before..what a wonderful idea. I appreciate you visiting our site. Have a magical day!

  • Any suggestions for how to help a child of this happens? We’re going on our first cruise next week and have a 4year old. While I’m hopeful about this, I’m also trying to be prepared. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  • Marcy Crossman
    August 11, 2016 10:56 am

    There is only one thing to do in all cases. Buy Liquid MotionEaze. Over the counter. Couple drops behind ear when feeling woozie. Lasts for hours. No need for pills or bands. Just put on and wait a few minutes and you will be fine again. I used it on a cruise. Normally I get seasick. Not this time! My daughter can’t read a map while driving – used it on a 16 hour trip and no sickness. You won’t be sorry. 🙂

  • Marcy Crossman
    August 11, 2016 10:58 am

    Oh and I used it on a child on a sightseeing boat who was already not feeling good and he was fine in 5 minutes.

  • Hi Marcy! Thank you so much for visiting and for your suggestions. ~Kelly

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