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There are often fantastic deals to be had in the autumn because it’s a traditional down time between the summer and winter peak seasons. The weather is also a little less reliable, so sun worshippers can do with a little extra tempting.
There is a chance that the sea days will be slightly windier during the autumn than is typical in the summer, but this tends to mainly affect the sea days in the open oceans, such as the Atlantic.
Three ways to minimize seasickness in autumn
Seasickness pills are very effective – even some crew members use them on rockier days. They can make you feel a bit drowsy, so take them in the evening before a sea day and enjoy the benefits when you wake up.
Check the itinerary and avoid cruises that have long stretched in open water, such as a transatlantic crossing, or a long journey along the Atlantic coast from Southampton to the Canary Islands. Instead, look for cruises that sail in sheltered waters, such as a 7-night Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona or Rome.
Book a cabin in the middle of the ship on a lower deck. Choosing a stateroom near to the ship’s center of mass will minimize the motion you feel when at sea. Deck 3 or 4 are often good options, though if you want a balcony, you’ll be looking at around Deck 6 and higher – still try for the middle of the ship to minimize pitching and yawing.