Hi, we too suffered from sea sickness going through the Bay of Biscay, very scary, I went and got an injection on board ship, dont know what else you can do before hand, but once the injection worked I didnt wake up till 8am the next morning, bliss. like you say most of the ship was ill even the staff who are used to this kind of weather.
I've suffered from sea sickness about 4 times but every time I've been to see the ship's doctor and had an injection that stops it within half an hour. I've then been fine for the rest of the cruise.It costs anything up to £50 depending on the cruise line but it is money well spent when suffering!
The advice I got was always book a cabin in the middle of the ship because there is less movement. I've done this and not been sick on the last 2 cruise.
Have you considered travel sickness wrist bands? You can get them in Boots or other Chemist and are fairly reasonable. The advantage over tablets is that they don't make yopu drowsy and dont have to be taken a while before they start working. I know in the past when I've been sea sick and on gala nights that the tablets just take too long to work and you end up feeling progressively worse and worse. They don't work for everyone but are perhaps worth a try. To be honest I've never sailed from Southhampton so have never experienced the Bay of Biscay, but even if you were to do a fly/cruise to avoid it, you've no guarantee of bad weather. I crossed the Atlantic in december and was expecting awful weather and it was like a millpond and conversely last June in the Med we had horrendous storms in the med between Monte carlo and valenci.
I agree with the answer from Halifax. It really doesn't matter where you cruise there is always a chance of a storm. The injections are the best answer and it can become expensive but if several of you need them then do a bit of bartering and get the price down. I have been told that the normal price for an injection is £30. I am sorry to say that I haven't missed a breakfast yet. As for Formal nights being laid on for a different evening....well the problem is that there is so much arranging to do that it would need too much re-organising.
Hope that's helpful...Neil and Ida Dow.
Hi the cost of an injection on Thompson Destiny is £10 before 8pm, friends of ours were too ill to go to the doctor so she came to them, it cost £13 each, well worth i.
I have also had problems on Sea Princess in the Atlantic/Bay of Biscay when the stabalisers were reportedly not working. I find the wrist bands helped a lot and so did other passengers. I got mine on board but they are available from Cemist.