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Old 03-29-2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Question Aft room for seasickness?

First time Disney cruiser here. Cruising a four night on the Dream in April 2014. I have been on one other cruise and had an issue with sea sickness. We booked an aft terrace room on the eighth floor in order to enjoy the scenery from the extended terrace. My question is, should I change the room to a mid ship room in order to try and avoid seas sickness? Has anyone had any experiences with these rooms and can you tell me if there is a ton of motion felt from these rooms?
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Old 03-29-2013, 06:53 AM   #2
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We did not notice any difference in motion. You can feel/hear the thrusters once in a while but not a problem for us.
You will love the aft room. Fabulous views!
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:01 AM   #3
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We did not notice any difference in motion. You can feel/hear the thrusters once in a while but not a problem for us. You will love the aft room. Fabulous views!
Exactly what robhawk said!!!

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #4
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We just got back from the Dream. We had aft rooms on the 6th deck. I was worried about being sea sick, but I didn't have any trouble with it. We did hear the thrusters on the morning we docked at Port Canaveral at around 5:30, but we were already up. Although our girls slept through it.

My DD7 did get sea sick on the third night.
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Old 03-29-2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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Once upon a time, I posted a discussion of ship motions from the standpoint of a former naval architect. It's probably too much information, but here's the link to that discussion:

http://disboards.com/showpost.php?p=...63&postcount=6

The bottom line is that there will be an increase in ship motion the further you get from midship. However ... (this is the YMMV part) ... what YOU feel on YOUR cruise has more to do with the sea state that you encounter (wave height, frequency, wave direction relative to ship heading, ship speed) and your personal tolerance for motion.

Most of the time the ship will operate without ship motion problems and you'd be fine no matter where your stateroom is located. But, sometimes, the waves just can't be avoided and a stateroom that is far from midship will experience larger motions than the staterooms closer to midship. Since you can't predict the weather that you'll encounter ahead of time, I wouldn't change stateroom location unless you already know that you are very sensitive to ship motions. Most people will be just fine in the aft staterooms, most of the time.

This probably should be a separate discussion, but the thing that bothers me in an aft cabin, far more than ship motions, is propeller vibration. Propellers are like the wheels on your car in that they need to be balanced carefully or they will cause vibrations. These vibrations are obviously most noticeable far aft ... i.e., closest to the propellers. Although ship operators go to great lengths to balance the propellers, it is inevitable that either marine fouling or perhaps some small damage to a propeller blade will mess up that balance. Until they get a chance to correct the problem, the result is a vertical vibration which is at a higher frequency than seaway induced motion, is relatively constant (for a constant ship speed) and is present even in calm waters.
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:45 AM   #6
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I too was afraid of sea sickness and have always stayed towards aft of the ship. I swear by meclizine (the active ingredient in Bonine and Dramamine II). It is non drowsy and I didn't feel any side effects. I also did not have a moment of queasiness because of sea sickness. I say keep your stateroom and invest in Bonine!
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:08 PM   #7
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I hope I'm not interupting, but has anyone stayed in a forward room? I have one booked on the Dream in August, and haven't seen much about the pros/cons of a forward room...
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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As a previous poster pointed out if the seas are fairly calm there shouldn't be a problem, however, if the seas are rough you may notice a fair difference between midship & aft/forward areas. Having had the misfortune to sail through a bad storm in an aft cabin I can tell you that it did feel better being midship. However, when we sailed in normal seas in an aft cabin I did not notice any extra motion.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #9
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Weighing in with a YMMV perspective. We typically have sailed in cabins with midship locations and noone in our family has ever had any issues. My wife has complained about Parrot Cay specifically on a few of our cruises, but nothing major. When we sailed on RCCL last year, on the other hand, we had a suite on the back end of the ship and the most of my family really noticed a difference and wound up taking sea sickness meds for a few days along the way. I have never had any problems with even slight queasiness while crusing and didn't notice anything different with the aft cabin, FWIW.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the opinions! On a related note, I plan on taking Dramamine but, what can kids take if they get sea sick? I am just wanting to plan ahead in case my seven year old were to feel sick.
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Thanks for the opinions! On a related note, I plan on taking Dramamine but, what can kids take if they get sea sick? I am just wanting to plan ahead in case my seven year old were to feel sick.
Have them use Sea bands. They do make a children's Dramamine tho.

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There is a children's Dramamine available OTC. Not sure on ages that can use it though.

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There is a children's Dramamine available OTC. Not sure on ages that can use it though.

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Had this same question as we leave one week from tomorrow on the Fantasy, and it's DD8's first cruise. Called her pediatrician today who recommended Dramamine Kids. Had never heard of it but found it at Kroger!
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:59 PM   #15
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For the PP who asked about forward staterooms, we stayed in room 10002 on the Fantasy, the very second room from the front and had absolutely no problems at all. I was concerned because I had previously been dead center midship on the Magic and on a lower deck and worried I would get seasick. Honestly we didn't experience a thing. However, I know that everyone is different and some people just notice the movement more. I have not had to take anything for motion sickness before, but probably should have before we tendered into Cozumel on one trip. Even my husband with the iron stomach was queasy on that one. I do get car sick occasionally so I was pretty concerned about the forward room, but it was great.
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