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Questions concerning the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria:

Questions concerning the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria:

Jan 25th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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Carmanah and Shellidawn: Thank you for your thoughtfulness and encouragement. I am now thinking of trying the ferry again, with medication of course on the way over, and if it feels comfortable, I will try to brave it without on the return trip. And I will certainly be on the open deck. Thanks again, everyone.
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Jan 25th, 2008, 10:59 PM
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I'll just mention that I know someone who manages to get the most turbulent flights on the short hop between Vancouver and Victoria. She now takes the ferry to catch flights from Vancouver to the east coast. Guess I'm lucky in never experiencing a bad flight between the mainland and the island.
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Jan 26th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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Hi April: It looks like you can't win! There is the possibility of a turbulent flight or possibly a windy cruise! I think, I have made up my mind after all the thoughtful replies above, that I will try the ferry. Thanks for extra input.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 08:47 AM
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"Even with the meds, I end up keeping my head down, and closing my eyes." - Annetti, but this is wrong! You should NOT keep your head down, and you should look far away ahead of you along the route of the boat!

I usually get sick just by looking at anything that moves, so I always take Ginger pills - they are sold in every pharmacy for under $10 for a 100.

Dramamine works, but the side effects are bad, not just feeling sleepy. Bonine (meclezine) works for me without drowsiness.

Can you suck on a lollypop or some hard candy - mint or sour? This helps a little. Do you get sick with an empty stomach? I know I do!
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Feb 13th, 2008, 05:05 PM
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Thank you, Faina for your thoughtful response. I am not a novice when it comes to traveling by boat or car. I've use ginger (no success), wrist bands, bonnine, dramamine, and some prescriptions suggested by my doctor. I've tried empty stomach and eating beforehand. One pharmacist suggested I take ginger cookies with me and nibble them along the way. I've tried staring at the horizon and looking straight ahead. So putting my head down, asking my husband "how much longer is it?" seems to be the most comfortable way for me to go. And of course, hoping that this ride will be an easy one! At least I don't get sick in airplanes. So, I have some luck in the travel department!
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