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am going on Thomson spirit in September and wife is worried as she gets sea sick. Have been told that the Bay of Biscay can be very choppy this time of year. Is this correct? Also have been told to buy wrist bands for sea sickness. Have never heard of these. Are they any good and where can we buy them.
We have booked a outside cabin on deck 2 which is centre of ship. Been told that its best to be lower down so dont notice roll so much. Tried to get all inclusive but have been told not an option on this trips. What do we actually pay for. i.e. drinks wise. Any help would be b=nice for us novice crusiers. thanks
Submitted by - zaffiro, Bristol - United Kingdom on 30th Mar 2009 / Subject - Thomson Cruises mediterranean First time Cruising
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Answer by h, sileby (09 Apr 09 09:55) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
You can buy the sea sickness band on board the Thomson Spirits shop as we did. Prices on board are reasonable and if you get to no the staff they tend to give you drinks for free or you just pay for some of them, we probably only paid for half our drinks through the hole cruise.
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Answer by Taylor, Milton Keynes (09 Apr 09 09:06) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
Definitely get the injection, you will crash out for about half an hour but after that you will feel great! We have salied around the Bay of Biscay about 6 times and only had one bad crossing, and that was very bad! I had had my injection and acually enjoyed the experience! As your other answers have said, the drinks prices onboard are cheaper than most pubs and the Cocktail of the day is well worth the £2.50 - we managed to get very merry most nights and the account at the end of the holiday was nowhere near what we expected it to be - (it also helps to become friendly with the bar staff) :-)
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Answer by Cooke, Ashby (31 Mar 09 09:50) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
The bands work on accupressure points, so they have to be positioned correctly, but still do not work for everyone. I don't think you can buy Dramamine over the counter in UK, but Stugeron work well for me. I take a tablet BEFORE expected choppy seas and keep the dose topped up until the weather calms down. I have had some really bad channel crossings and been fine. Ginger has been proven to help seasickness and tablets can be bought from your heath food shop. I believe that the injections work well but can leave you a bit drowsy. You have loads of options, but the Bay is more likely to be calm than rough, so keep your fingers crossed. You'll pay for drinks from bars and restaurants, but tea and coffee are included in the cost of your cruise. Other extras might be wine tastings, cocktail demos. and of course spa treatments. Have a fantastic time. Judith
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Answer by Rae, Walton-on-Thames (30 Mar 09 19:41) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
If the bands and the pills do not work, ask the ship's doctor for a seasickness injection, £16 and works miraculously. May send you to sleep, but you will wake up feeling fine. If outside medical centre opening hours, they will come to your cabin, but charge more.
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Comment by Helen Freeborn, Argolida, Greece (30 Mar 09 20:32) about an ANSWER by Rae (30 Mar 09 19:41)
Now, you see, I didn't know that an injection was an option - and I've done a fair few cruises in my time. Many thanks for that bit of advice.
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Answer by morris, St Columb (30 Mar 09 18:38) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
Your cabin is in the best place for rough weather...low down and stick to the restaurant for meals rather than the buffet which is higher up...I always take Stugeron with me just in case (available over the counter from Boots) but have crossed the Bay of Biscay three times now and not had to take anything even though it was a bit choppy!! the drinks last time we were on Thomson (June 2008) were around pub prices...£2.75 for glass of house wine, cocktails etc. £1.00 for cans of coke, 7up etc. very reasonable we thought....we love Thomson cruises (done 5 now) and they are good value for money !!
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Answer by Neal, Romsey (30 Mar 09 18:12) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
Biscay can be rough any time, or as smooth as a millpond. Spirit is not ideal cos she's quite old & relatively small, but your cabin is ideal to avoid the worst excesses. Go back to the Cruise Answers page & in the blue "find a Question" box scroll the "find a topic" box to seasickness for stax of advice & remedies. ....................Thomson's drinks prices are very reasonable, eg choice of wines at about £12 a bottle, go to the rather small "sitemap" top left-hand corner of this page & scroll to "how much for a drink" - but only treat it as a general guide. There's no service charge to add to those prices. .................she's a very happy & fairly informal ship with a lot of repeat customers, have a good cruise. .........Chris
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Answer by Helen Freeborn, Argolida, Greece (30 Mar 09 17:58) to a QUESTION by zaffiro (30 Mar 09 15:31)
I believe Biscay can get choppy at any time. Wrist bands - some people swear by them, I find them no use to my seasicky self whatsoever and so dose myself up with Dramamine (or similar). I bought mine aboard Celebrity Millennium some years ago, but I think you can get them in Boots; if you do buy them, take some seasickness pills as well, in case (like me) they don't work for your wife.
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