Yup in essence the problem is an inner ear one where your visual balance does not match up with your body's inner sense of balance. Looking at the horizon helps your brain to sync them up. Definitely doing close-focus work (reading etc) makes it worse. It's like riding in a car, you can get sick if you read but you feel better when you look out the window <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
I suffer horribly from seasickness. Surprisingly, that didn't keep me from working onboard the Disney Wonder but I still got sick all of the time. I basically lived off of Dramamine. I've found that the worst times to get sick, except for hurricane type weather, is when crossing the Gulf Stream about an hour or so after debarking and on the way back into port (on the East coast).
Though I've had to always use Dramamine, ginger is supposedly very helpful as well as stimulating acupressure points on your wrist. And the worst thing that you can do is sit there and think about it. I was once stuck in a cabin lying on the bed watching the closet curtains swing back and forth with the waves...this did not help the way I felt, needless to say. Try to get up and about as much as you can and don't watch the movement of the waves or the curtains. I used to have to lead dance parties when I just wanted to hurl myself over the side of the railing with seasickness and somehow the nausea always seemed to pass when I wasn't thinking about it.
At meal times, ask for a broth based soup, lots of crackers, and hot tea such as chamomile or peppermint to calm your stomach. Waiters are used to seasickness and can easily accommodate your request.
Excellent suggestions! My dad is coming on the cruise with me and seems almost paranoid about getting seasick. I've heard from many people that you can "make yourself seasick" if you worry too much about it beforehand, so I'm trying to reassure him <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />
Unless the seas are really rough, it is hard to tell you're moving on these big cruise ships. Some people can feel the slightest movement - I can barely tell we're moving. I rely on the scenery going by. <G>
Center of the boat is very comfortable. A window is nice too. Fortunately, I rarely get seasick but when I did it was up in Alaska (hard to believe) when the winds were kicking up the waves during the night. I woke up seasick.