Ok, so I have been avoiding this topic because, frankly, if you acknowledge the nausea it gets worse! However, this is the number one question I have received and the number one fear of some onboard. As a first time cruiser, I am among the handful that has been blessed with a surefire way to lose some weight--seasickness. Though, I do not recommend this route.
Let’s face it, for 26 days, we will be tossed around like ping-pong balls at the hands of two rookie players. November, in the North-Atlantic sea, isn’t exactly smooth sailing.
Good thing we came prepared. Before we left the docks I applied one of the recommended motion-sickness patches. I am sure they work wonders, for your typical user, but your average person isn’t exposing themselves to 15-20 foot waves for a month. Here is where several of us hit a learning curve face-first. My first clue was when someone mentioned, in passing, that the “patch is no picnic.”
Then came the dry mouth, the blurry vision, and the wild dreams. At that point, I was thinking it was a trade-off. I was avoiding a full-blown case of SS but I really didn’t want to eat. Which is a shame, because the food onboard is EXCELLENT! I know right! I was surprised by that too.
I think the patch did do its job, but by day four when people started opening up, I heard recollections of the hallucinations that set in if you wear it for too long. For some reason, people often “see” furry animals?! Though it would be nice to have some four-legged friends onboard, I prefer they have actual heart beats. This conversation was followed by a mad dash to the bathroom where the remainder of us took those patches OFF.
Though it will impact everyone in a different way, you just have to accept that you probably won’t feel 100 percent. So, why do they do it? Well, there is passion that fuels every scientist onboard. I mean, come on, they are discovering awesome ocean stuff. As for me, I like a good challenge. If I can master the showering at sea thing I will consider the trip well worth it.
Word of advice, stick to ginger chews and avoid computer work at all costs.
Good thing I started this blog, eh? =)
This link gives you an idea of how high the waves were Wednesday:
I love surprises, they give us the opportunity to dive into the unknown with unquenchable curiosity. I have never been at sea, for more than a day, and I certainly have never seen a floating lab at work. The mission is the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES). This blog is not about the science as much as the people behind it. I will leave the science discoveries to the 32 bright minds onboard. So how does a floating lab work? Let's figure it out together.