Seasickness and its remedy

We had coffee on Saturday with a friend, for the first time in too long, and inevitably the subject of cruising came up, as it always seems to with us. You’d almost think we had heads shaped like funnels and bodies that were ship-shape…and neither is the case.

In comparing cruise notes, he told us about taking a Holland America cruise around Cape Horn, at the southern tip of South America. He told us he suffered from seasickness, commonly known as motion sickness on a boat, and that he had been unable to determine what triggered it, because sometimes he became ill with only a little motion.

The cause doesn’t really matter, though, does it? What to do about it does.

Just a few hours into his South America cruise off the coast from Valparaiso, Chile, our pal was overcome with…well, graphic images are not required here. When he emerged from the men’s room, at least a few ounces later, a fellow passenger recommended he buy a wristband at the ship’s gift shop.

“Best fifteen dollars I ever spent,” she told him.

Never having been stricken with the ailment, we were unaware such things existed. It turns out they do, under several brand names, and we have no idea which type he bought. We only know it worked for him, and the remedy lasted the entire cruise. How or why is incidental.

Seven per cent of passengers on cruise ships get seasick. That makes it worth knowing about the magic wristbands…just in case any of us in the 93% find ourselves on the other side.

DAILY DEAL:
Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas
4 nights
December 5, 2011
Miami to Bahamas return
Inside $169.00
www.royalcaribbean.com

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