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Old 06-07-2002, 07:53 AM   #16
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we live overseas and use a local sunscreen that protects against jellyfish (including portuguese men-o-war, which is the delightful creature we have to contend with).....
it works fine...
i assume the active ingredient is the same as the one in the product you're buying online...
the main point is that you have to put it on an hour before you go into the water.....
in other words, put it on in your stateroom before leaving the ship or else it won't work....
i forgot how it works...i heard the company here explain it once on the radio, but i wasn't really paying attention....
but he was very clear, that if you don't put it on an hour before you hit the water you may as well not use it at all....
i don't have it in front of me, so i'm not sure what the SPF is...
for non-jellyfish waters, we use regular sunscreen (45 SPF....although i was seriously considering buying 100 after my son burned to a crisp a few weeks ago....)
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Old 06-07-2002, 08:11 AM   #17
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ok...i stand corrected...
i just read the bottle and it says at least 10 minutes before you go in the water...
but the guy on the radio said an hour.....besides which we always put on sunscreen before we go out so it works out to much longer than 10 minutes...

also, it says to also put on the sunscreen UNDER your bathing suit....very important....
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Old 06-08-2002, 09:03 PM   #18
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Maybe you folks could help me here.

Last December we stayed at the Poly prior to our Wonder cruise. We spent a lot of time on the beach, which was great, except for these terrible itchy red bumps all over our feet and in between our toes. We just waded in the water (not actual swimming) so nothing near our suits or shorts.

Was this sea lice? If so, since we are not swimmers, can we wear water shoes to protect ourselves?

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Old 06-09-2002, 12:07 AM   #19
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If you meant you were swimming at the Poly in December:
I'd have to say that I doubt what you had was the result of Sea Lice, for a couple of reasons:

The Seven Seas Lagoon doesn't actually connect to the ocean so I don't think the baby jellyfish would be in fresh water like that.

Also, since you were there in December and the 'season' for Sea Lice is March to August, it looks doubtful.

But I think you really meant you were wading in the ocean water while you were on the cruise in December (and you also went to the Poly), again, it's outside of their 'season'. If it was caused by Sea Lice, wearing water shoes wouldn't help much. The Sea Lice get trapped inside clothing (or cloth water shoes) and then when they're introduced to friction, they cause irritation. If they were in the water and around your feet and toes, that would cause them irritation.

I am really considering using the Sea Lice lotion as a preventive anytime that I cruise, despite the month. It's only about $12 for a full 4 ounce bottle so it isn't that much of a financial risk for wasting it, and I can always use the SPF30 protection that's included.

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Old 06-09-2002, 10:28 AM   #20
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Thanks for the feedback.

Our problem was definitely at the Poly beach as that preceded our Wonder cruise. DH is now thinking its sand fleas. I will post under the WDW resort section also to see if anyone experienced the same problem.
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Old 07-03-2002, 12:33 PM   #21
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Have any of you ever gotten sea lice out of season? I am trying to decide when to go on vacation, and if we can avoid those it would be great. But I guess a September or October cruise would put us into hurricane season, so it's always something!
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Old 08-02-2002, 09:03 AM   #22
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Just want to make sure - we will be sailing on Nov 2nd. Can anyone confirm for me that I will not be sailing during "their season" and therefore won't need to worrry about the little critters. Thanks a million !
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Old 08-09-2002, 09:17 PM   #23
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This is my first time to wander into the "cruise forum". I'm currently doing my first serious thinking about a DCL cruise. I travel alone with 3 children (ages 10, 6, and 5), and this subject really got my attention! This reminds me so much of the "red bugs" (don't know if that's what an entomologist would call them ) we have here in South Mississippi. They do the same thing, such as attack the most in areas inside your clothing, especially where there is something binding like the waistline of your pants, and other areas of your underwear!! These things, that you cannot see, will drive you crazy with itching for days. You can be sure that if I do take myself and the kids on a cruise that I will most definitely invest in some of the Safe Sea product. Can you imagine listening to that for days and days of your trip!!!
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Old 08-09-2002, 11:12 PM   #24
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Have any of you ever gotten sea lice out of season? I am trying to decide when to go on vacation, and if we can avoid those it would be great. But I guess a September or October cruise would put us into hurricane season, so it's always something!
My very own opinion -
It's a giant ocean out there and there are lots of those liittle guys swimming around. Some of them may not be as smart as the others and may not know that their 'season' is over, or they may have lost their calendar.

In other words, I think there will be some that start sooner and some that stay later, so I will be prepared with a bottle of Safe Sea whenever I cruise.

It's a small price to pay for the assurance that I'm doing all that I can to make sure that I have an enjoyable cruise experience. I get the one with the SPF30 sun block included and I know I need that when I go out, so it's still one lotion to apply, so no additional trouble.

I was on a DCL cruise this past January and I was in the water at Castaway Cay for 3 or 4 hours. I used the Safe Sea, but did not reapply it. I did have a localized red area under my trunks but my DW was in the same water and always with 10 to 20 feet of where I was and she didn't have any problems under her suit. I didn't ask anyone else on board and I also didn't overhear anyone else complaining. So it could have been my imagination, but I'm going to play it safe and get a bottle for each cruise.
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Old 08-11-2002, 02:32 PM   #25
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we were on the july 4th cruise....
my kids and husband used the anti sea lice sunscreen which has to be the grossest stuff i've ever had to put on them.....and it's really hard to wash off...
i didn't use it (i never use sunscreen and i wasn't about to start....especially given its gross texture)...
well....i didn't get sea lice and neither did they...
the moment we all got out of the water we headed straight to the showers and washed off completely (even pulling our bathing suits awy from our skin so that water went down inside them....an area where in any case, you don't usually put sunscreen)...

i suspect that shower is the most important part of the whole anti sea lice procedure...
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They are indeed real. I have lived in West Palm Beach all my life and have gotten them pretty bad at times. They aren't present year round, only in certain months, and some people's skin types seem to be more suseptible to them. For example, my dad never seems to get them but I always get a bunch. They look and feel sort of like chicken pox. Just shower real well and you should be okay. The last cruise we took in December we had no sea lice problems.
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Anyone who still has a bottle of this stuff please repond??

Can you post the ingredient list? I am curious what is in this stuff that would prevent a sting, which is a mechanical reaction (touching the jellyfish, triggering the shot).

I spoke with some Iron man triathletes I know and they use petroleum jelly in practice and competition (Florida Gulf). I suspect since most of you describe this as a very thick gel, it might be creating a physical barrier, not a chemical one.

Would a heavy lathering of sunscreen offer the same protection?

Someone please post the ingredients - Thanks!
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P.S. - Some additional research yielded that this product is "derived from the protective mucous secreted by clownfish."

Chemical or Physical?
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Anyone who still has a bottle of this stuff please repond??

Can you post the ingredient list? I am curious what is in this stuff that would prevent a sting, which is a mechanical reaction (touching the jellyfish, triggering the shot).

I spoke with some Iron man triathletes I know and they use petroleum jelly in practice and competition (Florida Gulf). I suspect since most of you describe this as a very thick gel, it might be creating a physical barrier, not a chemical one.

Would a heavy lathering of sunscreen offer the same protection?

Someone please post the ingredients - Thanks!
I still have some left from a previous cruise, it's the 'Safe Sea' product with SPF 30.

It says it was made in Israel and sold by Nidaria Technology Ltd. I ordered it from the Internet from www.lifestylesdirect.com.

The active ingredients are listed as:
Octyl Methoxycinnamate
Octyl Salicylate
Oxybenzone
Titanium Dioxide

It warns that in case of sting, do not use Safe Sea as a treatment. Seek medical attention.

It also states specifically in the instructions block that it should be applied under the bathing suit.

It was specifically developed to help protect against the stinging of most jellyfish, Sea Nettle, Sea Lice (Seabathers Eruption) and Coral. It was not yet tested against Potuguese man-o'-war and Box Jellyfish.

Cautions are:
For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Discontinue use if signs of irritation or a rash appear.

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Old 02-20-2003, 01:54 AM   #30
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it's my understanding that it's both a chemical and physical barrier....(in other words. regular sunscreen will NOT work).....

as for not having been tested against portuguese men o war...that's not up to date...i live in israel where the stuff is made.....we do have portuguese men o war (lucky us) and it does work against them...

as i noted in my other post, i didn't use it on castaway cay and i didn't see the need for it as long as you shower like a maniac as soon as you get out.......
however, if i were to go swimming here (which i don't do either since i hate salt water) i would most defnitely use the stuff.....people who swim here during the men o war season swear by it......and if you've ever seen a portuguese man'o war you'd be happy to use it too , no matter how vile it feels on the skin.......those babies are HUGE.....gigantic....and revolting....and deceptive....on top of the water they just look like big plastic bags floating on the water.....awful awful awful....and if you've ever been stung by one you wouldn't worry about the slimey feel of the sunscreen.....
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