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Old 03-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #31
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We go on our Disney cruise in June and I am getting nervous this will be our first cruise, it will be me and my husband and our 2 daughters ages 8 and 4, I am just getting nervous about being on a boat in the middle of the ocean . Anyone else get nervous on their first cruise?
We did our first cruise ever this past August on the Dream. I was very nervous too since I get motion sick and never sailed before. I went to doctor and got sea sickness patch and was fine on board. The Dream was a great ship! There are so many activities its hard to decide which ones to do. We fell in love with cruising and are taking a 7 night cruise on the Fantasy this September. Be prepared to be addicted to cruising!
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Thanks we are sailing June 20th on the Dream, I am very excited but also very nervous
the Dream is never really way out in the middle of the Ocean.
The route it sails is never all that far away from land.
you sail to nassau, then to Castaway Cay (which is very close to Nassau) and then back to port canaveral. Not very far and never very far from land.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:31 AM   #33
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Hi there,

My wife does not like ships, full stop. She has been known to get queasy whilst taking a ferry to she her sister on the Isle of Arran. That said we have done two,three or four week hols in the parks since 98 and I wanted to try something else. We booked a three day cruise to try, she hasn't looked back, we often do the longer cruises of 10 days or more and have more than 80 days under our belt so too speak and a further 5 cruises booked, this would not be happening it she did not feel completely safe and happy with the sea. Only once have we had bad seas when leaving CC and we stood and watched and she didn't mind this at all. On occasions when she has felt a swell, she takes tablets which are free from GS and outside the doctors office.

Its not has bad as the picture in your mind, I hope you can get passed this and go on to enjoy cruising as much as we do.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:45 AM   #34
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I can relate with the nervousness as well. I'm more worried about my daughter getting sick (not seasick, but resp illness), or my sister getting one of her migraines, my dad's back messing up on him, and my step mom not enjoying it. I will be fully stocked with all medications known to mankind, but I always worry about the "what if".

And with being out in the middle of nowhere, I'm ok with it...I think.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:49 AM   #35
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We did our first cruise ever this past August on the Dream. I was very nervous too since I get motion sick and never sailed before. I went to doctor and got sea sickness patch and was fine on board. The Dream was a great ship! There are so many activities its hard to decide which ones to do. We fell in love with cruising and are taking a 7 night cruise on the Fantasy this September. Be prepared to be addicted to cruising!
Did anyone have any side effects from the patch? I am using them for the first time on an upcoming cruise.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:10 AM   #36
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Did anyone have any side effects from the patch? I am using them for the first time on an upcoming cruise.
I didn't experience any side effects from the patch. The only glitch I had was the first night at dinner...I started to feel a little nauseous and noticed my patch was gone. Patch must have fallen off while on Aquaduck or shower.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:22 AM   #37
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Did anyone have any side effects from the patch? I am using them for the first time on an upcoming cruise.
I know people who have no effects except for dry mouth and then some who have lots of side effects. My doctor prescribed that the patch could be cut in half although some have said it should not. I am leary about the patch because I have vision issues already and one of the side effects relates to vision so would rather not resort to the patch. I was worried my first cruise also so fully stocked up..Bonine, Sea Bands, Ginger Candy and a patch prescription just in case. I was also nervous about being out int he ocean but figured the Pacific Coast cruise would hug the land..well, it didn't..we spent the first night going out into the Pacific before turning north. I took Bonine (the generic..meclazine..got a ton from Amazon for cheap) before even boarding and then took it the whole cruise. The only time the motion of the ship was really obvious was in the show theater (we were on the Wonder..I love that ship) and the shops by the theater..you could see the curtains swaying and it was a challenge once or twice to walk up the stairs feeling a bit off. My friend who cruises alot noticed the movement in the shops and commented on it..But really, it was fine, the Bonine had no effects (I even drank and never got drowsy) and it was a great time. We are sailing again in April and I am nervous again..Now we are going thorugh that big bad Gulf of Mexico out of Galveston and previous cruises sound like it has had some rough seas..and I feel like THAT cruise will be waaaaayy out in the water unike the Pacific cruise..so now I'm chiding myself for being nervous again. Of course I'll still have my arsenal of treatments and hope I only use the Bonine
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Thanks we are sailing June 20th on the Dream, I am very excited but also very nervous
We will be on the same boat. It is our first one also. I am nervous, we have a six year old little girl, We are going to have a last. No worris
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:25 PM   #40
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We go on our Disney cruise in June and I am getting nervous this will be our first cruise, it will be me and my husband and our 2 daughters ages 8 and 4, I am just getting nervous about being on a boat in the middle of the ocean . Anyone else get nervous on their first cruise?
Yep Our first several cruises I would get nervous in the weeks leading up to it. So much so that once or twice I considered canceling! But trust me, EVERY time I was so glad I didn't let the nerves get the best of me. Now I adore cruising. I can't think of a better time we've ever had together as a family!
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Old 04-27-2013, 07:18 AM   #41
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I am the biggest scared-y-cat, so needless to say on my first cruise, I was terrified of the open water, and everything that was in it...the mandatory life boat(muster) drill and my extensive knowledge in disaster movies didn't help either.

But after I got on the ship, and faced my fear, and watched the ship sail away...it became easier, like ripping off a bandaid. Then I worked myself up to looking out of the strategically placed ginormous portholes all over the hallways of the ship, and I was over it. The ocean became so peaceful to me.

I still have that fear because in the back of my mind, because I know the WORST that can happen, but it doesn't bother me anymore. When on board, I am more consumed with the delicious food, excellent hospitality, fun entertainment, and beautiful surroundings that is Disney Cruise.

You'll have a blast.
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Old 04-27-2013, 08:08 AM   #42
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Depends on your cruise. If all you are is nervous about is being sea sick, n you are doing a few days in Bahamas, its prob fine. Ive done two cruises this spring out of Port canav n they are both the calmest I personly have ever been on. I suppose because of all the islands in the area, its not really open ocean. Headed down to the virgin islands, u could feel it a tiny bit. But on our 3 Day Dream, we never felt anything but didn't have a seaday either. The itinerary I have struggled with is headed thru the open gulf n down past cozumel to Belize etc. When you are traveling down parallel to the coast, the waves bounce off the coast n it creates this sideways rolling that is not good for me. I wanted to kiss the ground in Roatan!!! I still would do it again in a minute but I have learned a few things too.

For me, I used to head up to the gym first thing on a sea day n hit a workout so I could enjoy my day. Then I realized it crashed my blood sugar really low n that would create a major seasick episode. My trick was chicken tenders n fries n then I would feel Ok. So be sure and don't skip any meals n even if you feel yucky from motion, eat anyway n u will feel much better. The CMs may recommend an apple too. So now if I want to get some exercise, I do it in the afternoon before dinner and I have less probs.

I have worn a patch before, don't know that it helped or did anything. I do keep Dramamine in my bathroom bag in case. Haven't had to use it in yrs, especially not on any of our bahamaian cruises. Of course, we had great weather so I can't speak for all situations.

And ladies, this may sound odd, but certain birth controls have made cruises torture or delight. I knew I was in trouble when I got vertigo doing a workout or tracking the ball in wallyball made me seasick...on land. Don't even get me started on my husband driving his truck... So I knew I was in trouble. I switched birth controls and the next day, just that quick, my motion sickness left...

If you are nervous about anything but sea sickness, u should be fine n have a blast! Make sure no one gets dehydrated because that's how u can get colds n sick. Get everyone on their vitamins up to it and or on it. Observe the clean hands policies n hand sanitizer n Disney tries hard too to keep people from getting sick.

Other than that, its the time of your lives!!!
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:33 AM   #43
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I love feeling of being stuck out in the middle of the ocean. It's forced downtime and forced seclusion. No cell service, no email, no possibility of work, no bills to pay, no cooking, no cleaning, no family drama to deal with, plus there's round the clock free Childcare. Best and most relaxing vacation ever.
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OMG - the ability to COMPLETELY disconnect (from work. from email. from texts. from it all.) is such an incredible feeling. You don't realize how much of a time sucker technology is until you can't use it! DH and I were almost laughing at the folks that were buzzing with anticipation/excitement/whatever it was when we got to a port and they couldn't wait to turn their dang phone on.

I've never felt more connected to my family than I did while on our cruise 3 weeks ago. It was a beautiful thing.

As PP have said, you'll likely not even realize you're on a boat after a little while. You'll be so relaxed. You'll be breathing in that ocean air (and we all know the effects that has!). One of my favorite things is just to sit on the verandah and listen to the water gushing by. I know that doesn't help with the "not realizing you're on a boat thing, but it's an amazing feeling.

Go and have a great time!!!
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Dh and I never wanted to cruise because of the fear of being out in the middle of the ocean (saw the Poseidon movie when I was little lol). Anyway, we finally tried a 4 day cruise on the Dream. And loved it! Best vacation for me, EVER. We took Bonine starting the day before the cruise and each day on the ship. My daughter felt ill one time the first day, so she took an extra Bonine and was fine after that. I actually felt worse after getting off the ship at the end of the cruise!

Anyway, weirdly enough... when I see cruise commercials on TV I still get that fearful feeling! But on the ship, it didn't bother me at all. And we're going on a longer cruise 8 weeks from today! Can't wait.

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We just went on our 1st cruise in April on the Magic. I was so nervous about being out in the ocean, seasickness, and about anything else you could think of. Once we got on the ship and started vacation I never thought about any of that the rest of the trip. We had a wonderful time.
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