With all the fabulous experiences and good fortune we have had we were due for some realism, and it has arrived. When we awoke yesterday, the ship was swaying a bit, something we rarely noticed either previously on the QM2 or Seabourn Spirit (except for the LAST night-see blog post from WAY long ago). This is a big ship (with stabilizers), designed specifically to cross the ocean. However, my mind was stuck on the comments of my mother and father-in-law (Kim and Dot, this means you) and their return voyage to the U.S. on the QM2 in mid-July. They commented about experiencing three days of motion that pretty much kept everyone in their cabins.
Sometimes you wonder if your mind is playing tricks on you, telling you that you should not feel well because the ship is rocking. However as, the ship continued to sway I opted for Dramamine, and Jordan was not far behind. This kept our queasiness at bay, but I was battling a low, dull headache that would not go away. The movement of the ship continued, so we headed to the shop to purchase the wristbands (designed to eliminate sea-sickness, but make your wrists hurt,), and then to the Purser’s Office for our ration of Dramamine, not knowing how long our own personal supply would last.
My headache persisted and the Dramamine lived up to its’ “may cause drowsiness” side effect, so we opted to forego formal night, have dinner in our cabin and watch a movie. Much better…
In case you are wondering, the wristbands work (even if it is all in our heads), the Dramamine works (for me, and always has) but even after a rough night at sea and little sleep, we are feeling better this morning. The ship is rolling (the crew says this is “nothing” so I guess we are wimps) and we are definitely in the throes of some storm (the effects of Hurricane Danielle perhaps?) Even though we may have to catch our balance from time to time, we will carry on today. By the way, Victor, our cabin butler says we look like tennis players with our wristbands. I don’t think so, but thanks for the compliment.