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Choosing a Stable Cruise Ship to Avoid Seasickness

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Just as there are all kinds of cruise lines in which to choose from, there are even more individual cruise ships, and their stability and means to offset seasickness do vary. Thankfully, it’s not terribly difficult to select ones for the smoothest ride.

Fear of seasickness is probably one of the greatest stumbling blocks for potential cruisers to overcome. After all, ships do move. The degree in which a ship will roll, pitch and yaw in different sea conditions depends on its inherent stability. As a general rule of thumb, the larger the ship, the less likely it is to be affected by rough weather.

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When onboard Silversea Expeditions’ small 120-guest Silver Discoverer in heavy swells in Micronesia, the ship moved every which way, and avoiding seasickness was a challenge. The ship does feature stabilizers and is relatively solid in the water, at least for its size. Nonetheless, I measured rolls of 11 or so degrees to either side, but consider that some ships are able to surpass 45 degrees and safely recover. Still, the more upright a ship

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