Here’s a good one we have not seen in a while that is brought up from time to time by first-timers. This time it’s from past cruise traveler Mary Lou in Florida who is considering an aft-facing balcony cabin on a Celebrity Solstice-class ship.
“Since you do alot of cruising would I have more of a problem with motion sickness in the back of the ship? I do well unless it is really rocky. Please advise.”
Today, there is really no reason for anyone except those with the most extreme intolerance of motion to suffer the effects of motion discomfort. If you are one of those people, odds are that you got sick on your first cruise just looking at the ship and never boarded or if you sailed, it was your last time.
Assuming no one has a gun to your head to go on this there are a number of preventive measures one can employ to eliminate it. My wife, for example, who did have a problem with being carsick as a kid takes an over the counter product called “Bonine“. She takes one pill in the morning, starting two days before sailing, then one in the morning along with her regular medicine each day and has never had a problem. Actually, we don’t really know if she would but why risk it? The key to motion discomfort is prevention.Once you have it you can go to the ship’s doctor and get a shot that will eliminate it but you still lose a day to bed rest.
Lots of people use a patch that they get from their doctor for this reason and also don’t really know if they would have a problem. There are other, less scientific measures fairly commonly used like wrist bands (like rubber bands you keep on your wrists that somehow work) or taking a ginger supplement/drinking ginger ale on a regular basis, those also work.
Technically, yes, you will feel more motion at the back (or the front) of the ship. Think of it like a teeter-totter, the jungle gym ride for kids. The people on both ends go up and down a lot while someone standing in the middle would not move all that much. That’s an extreme example that hearkens back to the olden days of tiny ships or ships with sails. Today’s cruise ships have huge stabilizer bars that come out of the side underwater to help give them a smooth ride. In addition, Celebrity’s Solstice-class ships have a special teflon coating on the hull to make the ship cut smoothly through the water. They did that more to reduce friction and gain fuel economy but the result is indeed a smoother ride.
So that’s my take on motion discomfort and just about all I know about it.
Personally, I love the aft balcony location as it offers the most fabulous view of both sides of the ship rather than just one, In addition, the sound of the ship’s propellers churning all night long makes for some of the best sleep I ever get. A special treat is to dine on your balcony and Celebrity can do that for you too.