I work on a cruise ship – here’s four things people should know & the secret trick to conquering motion sickness

If your first cruise is coming up and you’re not sure what to expect, maybe you should just take note.

That’s because a man named Matt who works on a cruise ship shared four things all newbies should know.

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Matt, who works on a cruise ship, shared four top tips for first-time visitorsPhoto Credit: Tiktok – @thecruiseguy
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From tips on how to avoid morning sickness to the first things to do when you step on board, here he reveals it all…

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In a clip shared on TikTok (@thecruiseguy), the cruise ship worker first notes that motion sickness is still a possibility, no matter how many times you’ve taken a cruise.

He makes it clear that he is not a doctor and that a doctor should be consulted first, noting, “I always packed non-drowsy dramamine or non-drowsy dramamine.”

And contrary to what you might think, Matt’s next tip is make sure your stomach is full.

“You might think I’ll throw up if I keep eating, but it actually helps stabilize my stomach,” he explains.

“To avoid motion sickness, be sure to book a cabin that is center front-to-back and center top-to-bottom.


“You will feel the slightest movement there.”


You don’t automatically think of taking a lanyard on vacation, but according to Matt, it’s a must.

“If you don’t already have a lanyard to slip your card in, get one as soon as you’re in the store,” he advises.

“They sell out very quickly and you’re going to need it.”


The cruise ship employee says people are often really hungry when they first board.

“Go upstairs and grab a quick bite to eat,” he says.

“But then do your screening exercise.

“You don’t want everyone waiting for you before the ship can set sail.”

As explained by royal caribbeanA muster drill is a “mandatory safety drill designed to familiarize all guests and crew members with the place to assemble in the unlikely event of an emergency.”

“During this exercise, additional safety information (e.g. how to put on a life jacket) will be presented.”


Matt’s final piece of advice is to put your phone on airplane mode.

“You don’t want crazy charges for your cellular service, and that might be a little debatable, but I’d say don’t get an internet package,” he explains.

“If you really need one, just buy it for about 24 hours instead of buying it for the entire cruise.”

As his top tip, he goes on to reveal that when he arrives at any port, he likes to go to a Starbucks or coffee shop with free WiFi and see what he needs to check.

“But the point of a cruise is to be in the middle of the ocean and start offline, so don’t be tempted,” he says.

“If you have an internet package, it will feel like you’re not even on vacation – it can also be very expensive and add up.”

The video has since gone viral, garnering over 214,000 views and hundreds of comments. Many praised Matt for his useful advice.

“I love this ship! I’m embarking on my second cruise in 5 days. Still very helpful! I had no idea the first time I did it, and this time I feel a little too!” wrote one.

A second wrote: “Thank you for all your information… we are going to Bermuda on October 8th.”

A third commented: “Have I taken many cruises? Yes. Have I looked at everything yet? Also yes.”

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Meanwhile, a fourth added: “The bracelets saved my life!”

And another agreed: “Ok that’s very helpful!”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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