Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Discussion Topics > Ask a Cruise Question
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?


Ask a Cruise Question Post your general cruise questions here.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old November 11th, 2007, 09:15 AM
princessdivaapril princessdivaapril is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Gadsden, Alabama
Posts: 294
Question Fluid retention while cruising!!!

I am very prone to fluid retention-during certain timesof the month(sorrry guys) during long car trips, when standing on feet long periods of time, etc. And no I am not terribly over weight(do want to lose 10-15 lbs before my cruise though) Anyway, what can I do to help with this while cruising? Should I take a fluid pill each day? I will be drinkg some alcohol while on board and of course eating will make it worse. I dont want my feet, ankles, fingers and knees to look like stuffed sausages!! Help!!I have heard that cruising makes this problem even worse so I thought some of you might have some advice.
This isnt related to a health issue-just something I have always been cursed with as is my mom.

Last edited by princessdivaapril; November 11th, 2007 at 09:25 AM. Reason: added something
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 09:21 AM
Keith1010 Keith1010 is offline
80,000+ Club
Join Date: Jul 2000
Posts: 84,041

Just a suggestion, but shouldn't you consult with your doctor about this.

Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Name game's Avatar
Name game Name game is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 1,728

Make sure you drink a lot of water. WATER, WATER, WATER. I always bring some aquaban with me as well but take it as needed. I somehow don't think men have the same problem but every woman I know who cruises does have this same problem. My fingers swell so much I can't wear my rings. If you didn't get what I was trying to say, drink WATER, WATER, WATER!
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 11:28 AM
Luckyroot's Avatar
Luckyroot Luckyroot is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: East Brunswick, NJ USA
Posts: 3,534

When we took our Crown Princess cruise 2 weeks ago, I also experienced swelling of the feet and ankles.

We had to visit the ship's infirmary for my husband on a different matter and I happened to ask the doctor if there was anything I could do about the swelling.

He told me to take the life jackets and wedge them under the mattress each night to elevate the feet.

Worked great! Didn't stop the swelling (I'll have to check out Aquaban, never heard of it) but at least I started each day with my feet back to normal.
Ruth email me here

RCL Freedom of the Seas 12/4/16

Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas 10/22/15
Norwegian Gem 1/2/15 - make up cruise for NCL Gem 12/1/14 that was cancelled - OUR FIRST SUITE!

Carnival Splendor - 4/1/14
Carnival Imagination - 10/14/13
Carnival Miracle - the Superstorm Sandy getaway 10/28/12
Carnival Pride - 2/5/12
Coral Princess Southbound 6/11/11
Caribbean Princess Repo 10/23/10
NCL Jewel Repo 10/30/09
CRHS Girls 2nd Reunion - Caribbean Princess Repo 10/26/08
Norwegian Pearl Repo 1/20/08
Crown Princess Repo 10/20/07
CRHS Girls Reunion - Norwegian Dawn Florida & Bahamas 10/29/06
Celebrity Zenith 2/6/06
Girls Gone Cruisin' - Celebrity Zenith Nov. 2005
My 50th Birthday - Century to Western Caribbean 4/23/05 Pictures
Cohan Family Cruise - Zenith to Bermuda 7/31/04
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 12:20 PM
klauer klauer is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Arizona
Posts: 1,407

I agree with consulting with your doctor. I don't think it is normal to retain a lot of water with normal activity, or to not be able to wear your rings because of the swelling, especially if you are not overweight.
Reply With Quote

Ad Sponsored By
Old November 11th, 2007, 12:21 PM
LHT28's Avatar
LHT28 LHT28 is offline
30,000+ Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 32,015

Don't put extra salt on your food ...I find the food seems to be cooked with more salt than I am use to.
Drink plenty of water & walk, walk, walk
Last cruise I did not swell up as much as I normally do so I am thinking the extra exercise must have done it !!
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 12:23 PM
LHT28's Avatar
LHT28 LHT28 is offline
30,000+ Club
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: GTA, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 32,015

double post
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 01:52 PM
JRarey JRarey is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Dayton, OH USA
Posts: 579

I thought I was the only one who did this!

I work hard to look good in the swim suits and formal wear only to have myself retain water and look like I have the worse care of cellulite I have ever had.

I also cant seem to have a regular bowel when I travel. I eat prunes each morning, bring laxatives etc, to no avail. I think the moment i step on a plane everything just shuts down.

I will try the water pills, and I do drink tons of water every chance I get.
Pics: Our amazing Summer 2011 Eastern Med cruise on the Celebrity Equinox - http://s1084.photobucket.com/user/jrarey/library/2011%20Celebrity%20Equinox?

Past cruises: Carnival - 1999, 2001, 2005; Celebrity - 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014; Princess - 2004, 2005, 2008; RCCL - 2012; Windstar - 2006
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 05:42 PM
Name game's Avatar
Name game Name game is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 1,728

I know many people who suffer with fluid retention while cruising. It is quite common. Besides the humidity and the heat, change in diet contributes (especially salt). Putting fear into people by telling them to consult their doctor is not necessary. Not the day of but the day after I return home, my fluid retention is gone. Now if only the extra pounds were gone too.
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 05:45 PM
stellatj's Avatar
stellatj stellatj is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: oklahoma
Posts: 516

if you do a search you will see its very common. most say its from all the extra sodium in the foods. someone said to ask your waiter for some parsley it helps. now i dont know if any of this is true just what i read here.

Sailed Carnival Triumph 9-15-2012 balcony panorama 1062
Sailed Carnival Ecstasy 10-16-2010 U170
Sailed Carnival Conquest 10-11 to 10-18 09 panorama deck 1065
Sailed carnival Ecstasy 9-6 to 9-11 2008 Room R41
Sailed Carnival Ecstacy 11-17 to 11-23 2007 Room U18
Sailed on the Carnival Elation on 9-19-05 to 9-27-05 thanks to hurricane Rita we got extra days Room R147
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 05:48 PM
Squirrel's Mom's Avatar
Squirrel's Mom Squirrel's Mom is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Fairfax VA
Posts: 306

Water water water. Sounds sort of counter intuitive but it helps. And other liquids -- juice, coffee, tea, alcohol even flavored water do not count.

If you are flying, that will definitely make it worse. Do ankle circles and toe lifts during the flight. Also hand extensions. Not the entire flight but a least a couple minutes every hour. Or walk up and down aisles.

Watch the salt of course. And salty foods that might not be readily evident -- bacon, olives, ham,

AND during a stop at St Kitts a couple of years ago, a very friendly local vendor noticed my ankles were quite swollen. He recommended massaging them with ALOE. He graciously gave me three pieces of it. It worked like a charm! I rubbed the cut ends over my ankles and swelling was diminished within several hours. Don't know any scientific basis for this but then again I don't know why the skunk root ointment I got in Alaska works on almost any ache or pain -- including the bruises incurred during an embarassing tumble down several stairs during the muster drill.

Good luck!
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 05:49 PM
Nuncie Nuncie is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Central Mass
Posts: 252

I also heard that mint tea helps
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 06:44 PM
CaptData's Avatar
CaptData CaptData is offline
10,000+ Club
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: MB, Canada
Posts: 11,100

Drink mint tea and sleep with pillows under your ankles. This will help alot. Also do not eat most of the soups as they are loaded with salt.

<a href="http://www.ucruiser.com/ticker/"><img src="http://www.ucruiser.com/ticker/rccl/tickers/4lbetsmt3pd1diwl.png" alt="Royal Caribbean Cruise Countdown Widget Clock" border="0"/></a>

<CENTER>Eclipse Jan 26 -23 Feb 2013</CENTER><CENTER>Allure B2B 12 & 19 Feb 2012
Allure 5 Dec 2010 http://travel.webshots.com/album/579321903lVFsSR
Norwegian Epic 21 & 28 Aug 2110
Oasis of the Seas 1 & 5 Dec 2009 (Inagural)
Constallation 2-13 Feb 2009
Radiance 26 Sep - 11 Oct 08
Voyager B2B 20 & 27 Jan 2008
Freedom of the Seas 15-22 Oct 06
Summit Hawaii 15-29 Jan 06 Hawaii pics http://community.webshots.com/user/C...n=publicAlbums .
Maasdam Southern Carb 6-17 Feb 05
Navigator of the Seas Western Crib 08/03
Dawn Princess - Eastern Carb 01/03
Dawn Princess Panamal Canal 11/02</CENTER>
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 07:49 PM
Gangway Style's Avatar
Gangway Style Gangway Style is offline
5,000+ Club
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 8,839

Be careful about taking water pills if you plan to drink alcohol. They can have a kind of "force multiplier" effect and you may discover your drinks are "stronger' than you imagined. Another problem, while you are adapting to water pills, you will run to the bathroom much more often than you are used to. That can be inconvenient on excursions. They also can cause a dry mouth, so you always feel thirsty, but it is a thirst that drinking liquids won't quench.

The water pills I took for one year also came with a warning to avoid the sun because you can burn more easily.

Perhaps the biggest problem with them was that when you first start taking them, you can have a problem with dizzyness, epsecially when getting out of bed or when turning suddenly.

The water pills I took were prescription-strength, but the weakest strength made. I'm not sure about over-the-counter water pills, but if they are weaker than what I took, they may not do much good. It just depends on how serious your swelling problem is. If you are like I am, swelling hands, ankles and even face, OTC water pills may be ineffective. Even with prescription-strength water pills, I still had swelling, but not as bad as without the pills.
Jimmy Buffet
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 09:10 PM
Plant's Avatar
Plant Plant is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 3,305

I just asked my GP about this last week. I take a RX diuretic daily. He said to take two a day when traveling, one in the AM and one in the late afternoon. I never use salt at home, but on a cruise (or traveling anywhere) salt is used in abundance .

On our last cruise I had "cankles" (as my friend calls them-you can't tell your calves from your ankles ) from the second day until the end of the cruise. They were fine in the morning, but by evening I couldn't get into my shoes!

Like several other posters, I drink lots of water, but it just doesn't help all the time.

If your ankles (or other parts!) swell enough to be painful (mine have ) I'd suggest you talk to your GP, too.

Click for Arkansas Cruisers, Carnival Inspiration 2002, Carnival Elation 2004, Grand Princess 2004,
NCL Sun 2005, Sun Princess 2006, NCL Dream 2007, Caribbean Princess 2007, NCL Dawn 2008, Island Princess 2008, Island Princess 2009, Golden Princess 2009, Carnival Conquest 2010, Grand Princess 2010, Island Princess 2011, Grand Princess 2011, Carnival Magic 2012, Carnival Dream 2012, Island Princess 2013, Carnival Magic 2013, Carnival Legend 2014, Carnival Magic 2015, Coral Princess 2015 Carnival Liberty 2016 Caribbean Princess 2016 Emerald Princess 2017
Reply With Quote

Old November 11th, 2007, 09:34 PM
tasha78's Avatar
tasha78 tasha78 is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: ILLINOIS
Posts: 109
Default hello princessdivaapril

I agree with the other cruisemates, i would consult a doctor, i am a nurse, and the most important thing by far is to elevate and elevate as often as you can, this should solve some of the problem, also when you go to sleep put your legs on a few pillows.....you should see an improvement in the morning....
Carnival Victory - Southern Caribbean - 12/13/03Radiance Of The Seas - Hawaii - 5/7/06
Carnival Conquest - Eastern Caribbean - 2/25/07Carnival Glory - Western Caribbean - 9/08/07 Norwegian Star - Mexican Riviera - 4/08/08
Carnival Dream - Western Caribbean - 04/17/10 Carnival Glory - Eastern Caribbean - 04/10/11 Carnival Freedom - Eastern Caribbean - 04/21/12 Carnival Breeze - Eastern Caribbean - 04/13/13 Carnival Miracle - Alaska-03/10/14
Carnival Sunshine - Exotic Eastern - 07/31/15
Carnival Magic - Exotic Western - 07/30/16
Carnival Victory - Nassau - 10/27/16
Carnival Dream - Western Caribbean - 08/06/16
Reply With Quote

Old November 13th, 2007, 03:50 PM
jmaze jmaze is offline
Cool Cruiser
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 112

I too have big trouble with swelling/water retention once a month. I was told to take vitamin B6. I'm taking some on the cruise with me just to play it safe. Don't know if it works, but I don't guess it can hurt.
Reply With Quote



Ad Sponsored By
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:14 PM.

© 1995 - 2016, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.