Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by CLEVERDON (26 Sep 08 21:08)

What ever we say could be wrong because weather cannot be predicted. If we have anticyclonic weather as we have now then you will glide through, last week was a lot different so you take pot luck. What I will say is that loads of ships go through the bay every day and there is little if any risk to you. If she is worried because of a history of sea-sickness then either get some proprietary brand of preventative tablet before you go, the same applies if she thinks it may affect her or wait to see if you need them and they will give you tablets on the ship, I think they are still free with P & O and if that is ineffective have the jab in the sickbay which will certainly work although it will also cost you. I will say that there is often far more fear of the Bay of Biscay than it warrants so relax as much as you can and stay off the alcohol for the short time of the Bay as that can stop you taking the cures should you need them. ....Neil .

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Davies - Answered a Question by CLEVERDON (27 Sep 08 09:14)

It is impossible to answer. We have been through the Bay of Biscay many times without any problem whatever. Once we went through on Oriana and were faced with a Force 12 Gale, which caused glasses (and people) to be thrown all over the place. Just don't worry about it. We came out the other side 20 hours late getting to Madeira, but at least we got there.

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keeling - replied to Davies (28 Sep 08 22:25)

Do you mean storm force 12 .force 12 is a hurricane.

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Davies - Answered a Question by CLEVERDON (29 Sep 08 09:00)

Yes. I do mean storm force 12. The Captain announced that the ship was on full ahead and only achieving 6 knots. We were in the after dining room and one minute all you could see was sky and the next the trough of a wave. I saw a lady together with a tray of glasses deposited on the other side of the room. All doors were roped off to prevent the foolhardy going out. What are the positives of this? Well the ship came through without any structural damage or problems. The group Bucks Fizz were appearing on the ship but declined to perform until after we left Madeira. The Captains cocktail party was delayed until the night after we left Madeira some 5 days after leaving Southampton. The downside was that the ship left out Antigua to maintain schedule. These are the raw facts but do not be put off. It only happens once in a while, and after we left Madeira it was fine. Have a wonderful cruise. this was on Oriana which is about the same size as Oceana.

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Cooke - Answered a Question by CLEVERDON (29 Sep 08 09:41)

Take comfort from the thought that storms are rare(ish) and it only takes 24 hours to cross the Bay of Biscay - except in extreme circumstances. No one ever died of seasickness, although some people have been heard to say they wish they had! Don't let it spoil what will be a great holiday. Take a tablet BEFORE you feel ill and lie down until it goes away. Have a good time.

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climpson - Answered a Question by CLEVERDON (30 Sep 08 14:30)

We went this time 3 years ago and it was force 14 and people were being sick everywhere, i mean in the lifts, on the stairs, over the railings, in their rooms, in the dining rooms and in every cubicle in the med centre. One woman even demanded they stop the ship and let her off (in the middle of the ocean). Some of the front windows blew out on the crows next and my wife and daughter couldnt eat for 2 days. But once we got to the mediterranean it was fine. My advice to you is bring loads of sea sickness tablets - joy rides from your local chemist seem to do the trick and take them as soon as you get on the ship so they start working on you straight away, a load of champage seems to help, but stay away from the art auction as you'll probably end up buying a picasso. On the way back it was fine. We were going again in 3 weeks on oceana to the Canaries so will let you know how we got on. Hope this helps.

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