Cruise ship holidays see passengers whisked away to multiple destinations. There’s plenty to keep holidaymakers entertained onboard cruises as well as at their ports of call. While the majority of cruises go off without a hitch, they aren’t without their risks.
“For the most part, the worst cases of seasickness occur on lifeboats, specifically when they are used to tender the guest to the port,” wrote Catling.
“This is when the ship has to anchor offshore as it’s probably too big to be secured to the harbour, so the guests and crew are ferried back and forth.
“As the lifeboats are so small in comparison to the ship, you feel the motion of the ocean once you encounter a bit of chop.
“You can literally see the colour of people’s faces change just like a chameleon.
“When the seas were a bit on the rough side, getting the guests and out of the boats proved to be quite a challenge.
“As the boat was bobbing alongside the ship, people would slip, trip, and fall, yell, push and shove, scream, cry and wail.
“It was quite dangerous sometimes, especially with the guests in wheelchairs and the handicapped, but amazingly, I never heard of a really bad incident occurring.”
Luckily, if you do suffer from sea sickness, there are ways to help the condition.
“For example, if you’re sitting inside and the ship is swaying violently, then you could see the ship’s handrail against the backdrop of the sea one second, and then up past the horizon and into the sea the next.
“It sends a message to the brain that the ship is out of control and brings on the feeling of motion sickness rather promptly.
“The solution? Stand directly behind the handrail and focus on the horizon.
“To the eye, the horizon won’t look like it’s moving up and down as much as it was, so you can trick your mind into thinking that everything’s smooth sailing.”