British woman 'suicidal' with permanent seasickness after cruise

British woman 'suicidal' with permanent seasickness after cruise

A British woman who went on her first cruise to celebrate her 62nd birthday is still feeling seasick - three years later.

Diane Morley and her husband Dennis got caught in a bad storm on the second night of their Fred Olsen trip to Norway in 2012.

And Diane says she has not been the same since.

Doctors have diagnosed her with a rare syndrome called Mal de Debarquement, for which there is no known cure.

She says she has suffered symptoms including loss of balance, nausea, and a sensation of spinning. She has trouble even doing the household chores, and has had to give up coffee and alcohol. And even when she tries to sleep, she feels as if she's swaying, or sleeping on a waterbed.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said: "It's 24 hours, it doesn't come and go it's always there. It's just awful, I still feel like I'm out in the ocean waiting to be rescued. The only way I can describe it is when you're in a car and you can feel the engine revving up, I feel like that all the time.

"When I sit in the bath and or when I'm near any sort of water it just really wrecks my head, everything just spins and it really affects my eyes."

Mrs Morley is coming to terms with the condition with the help of counselling, and also takes Valium to ease symptoms.

But she once felt so low she even thought about suicide.

According to the Daily Mail, she said: "I just felt like I had lost my life. It's sort of a grieving process you go through. I wasn't the same person who got on that boat. That person is still out on the ocean somewhere."

Mal de Debarquement syndrome is rare and affects less than 1,000 people in the UK.

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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, sister ship to Quantum of the Seas,  is set to be just as all-singing and all-dancing, featuring bumper cars, Jamie’s Italian (as in Oliver) and more, as well as a strong emphasis on all things musical. Cruise deal: An eight-night cruise on Anthem of the Seas, departing 22 April 2015, starts at £899pp.

River cruising is one of the hottest travel trends right now. Because they’re smaller, river ships can take you right into the heart of the action; plus there are frequent stops. Perhaps the most intriguing destination for 2015 is Burma, with its glittering temples and ancient traditions. Now’s the time to go, before the big high-rise hotels move in. Cruise deal: Uniworld's 17-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong costs from £4,099pp, including all meals, alcohol and return flights.

Staff catering to your every whim, gourmet dinners, white fluffy robes to watch the sunset from your balcony: a cruise gives you a taste of the high life at a fraction of the cost of luxury hotels, and more and more cruise lines are offering extra flourishes to entice you. Cruise deal: Book a Celebrity Cruises holiday between 1 August and 30 September 2014 on selected worldwide sailings and receive a free upgrade to a room with a private balcony and flights from just £49, including transfers. Guests sailing out of Southampton will also receive a complimentary classic drinks package worth up to $1,400, free car parking at the port or a complimentary private chauffeur driven journey to the ship when booking a suite.

If you’ve been longing to visit Cuba then 2015 is definitely the year to go: big changes are afoot and it won't be long before it's completely commercialised. Thomson’s Cuban Fusion itinerary includes two full days in Havana, as well as Caribbean ports of call including Montego Bay. Cruise deal: A seven-night Cuban Fusion cruise, departing January 2015 from Montego Bay, starts at £1080pp, including return flights and transfers

There's no doubt that one of the best ways to look for the aurora borealis is from a cruise ship. Go in January, February or March, when the air is crisp and the nights are clear, and you’re pretty much guaranteed a spectacular light show. Cruise deal: A return journey from Tromsø to Kirkenese and back in January 2015 costs from £575pp (based on two sharing, full board. Flights extra). Visit

Savvy cruise lines have cottoned on to the fact that we don’t just want to eat lots of food when we’re on a cruise – we want to learn how to cook it too. On Oceania Cruises’ Marina, there’s a dedicated culinary school, the Bon Appétit Culinary Center. Cruise deal: A 10-night cruise on Marina, sailing in October 2015, starts from £1949pp. A single session class in the Bon Appétit Culinary Center is $69 per person (around £45). Visit

Royal Princess, named by the Duchess of Cambridge last summer, and recently seen on ITV’s The Cruise Ship, makes a return to the UK in 2015. Probably one of the most glamorous ships afloat, it includes a fabulous spa and adults-only area, The Sanctuary. Cruise deal: A 12-night British Isles cruise on Royal Princess, departing 21 May 2015, starts at £1,482pp. Visit

Will P&O’s Britannia rule the waves next year? We’ll have to wait until May to find out, but this state-of-the-art ship is the biggest ever built for the British market. It features the first British cookery school at sea, run by celeb chef James Martin, as well as cuisine created by Marco Pierre White. Cruise deal: Two-night taster cruises round-trip from Southampton to Guernsey on board Britannia .From £315pp. Visit

A cruise on the mighty US river from New Orleans to Memphis is one of the iconic journeys and there's no better way to experience it than on a luxurious paddle steamer. American Queen is an authentic reproduction of a traditional ship. Cruise deal: A nine-day New Orleans-Memphis holiday (seven night cruise on American Queen with one night pre-cruise hotel stay) from £2,595pp including flights, transfers, excursions, and wine with dinner. Visit

Cruise lines are rapidly catching on to the fact that we don’t necessarily want to share (or pay full whack for a stateroom made for two). Norwegian’s Breakaway and Getaway are just two of the newer ships that cater for single cruisers with The Studios, which offer smart accommodation, including a hang-out for mingling. Cruise deal: A nine-night Eastern Caribbean fly-cruise on Norwegian Getaway starts at £1642 in April 2015, based on one person staying in The Studios. Visit

Fancy exploring Scandinavia with Captain Mickey and co? Disney Cruise Lines returns to the UK in 2015, with Disney Magic sailing from Dover to Barcelona.  Cruise deal: A seven-night cruise from Dover to Barcelona sailing in August 2015 starts at £2507.16pp. Visit

Adventure cruising – going off the beaten track, embracing your inner Ben Fogle and getting up close (but not too close) to orcas and polar bears is for many thrill-seekers the ultimate challenge. And this is the year to do it! Cruise deal: An 11-night Classic Antarctica cruise from Chimu Adventures starts from £2,970pp. Visit

Forget everything negative you’ve heard about cruise ship entertainment, because the stakes have been well and truly raised. Not only can you see Broadway musicals including Saturday Night Fever and Legally Blonde, but you can also go to gigs by some of the world’s best known performers (Carnival Cruise Lines boasted performances by Jennifer Hudson and Olivia Newton-John in 2014). Cruise deal: Carnival cruises offers 7-day Caribbean cruises from £339pp, excluding flights. Visit

A brand new ocean cruise line is something to get excited about. Viking are known for their river cruises, but the first of their three ocean ships starts sailing from Norway in May 2015, promising their signature Scandinavian chic, an infinity pool and some enticing itineraries. Cruise deal: Cruises start from £1,749pp, including flights, private veranda stateroom, all meals, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, guided shore excursions in each port of call and free Wifi. Visit

2015 sees the centenary of Gallipoli, and the sinking of the passenger ship RMS Lusitania; there will be lots of commemorative events, but Cunard’s Lusitania Remembered voyage on board the elegant Queen Victoria promises to be a particularly fitting tribute. Cruise deal: The Lusitania Remembered cruise from 3-15 May 2015 starts at £879pp. For more info see

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For many of us just the name Barbados conjures up images of caster sugar beaches and warm azure sea. You can find all that and more, plus in Bridgetown music-filled bars, markets and the historic Garrison area. Must-sees include Harrison's Cave, a group of caverns filled with stalagmites and stalactites.
Take me there: P&O has a 14-night cruise departing Barbados on 2 Jan 2015 from £999pp, based on two sharing, including flights.
St Lucia boasts some of the most diverse landscape in the Caribbean, from the magnificent Pitons (twin peak mountain) to the sulphur springs and drive-in volcano at Soufrière. It's also a great island to try zip-wiring (all those trees) and exploring by ATV.
Take me there: Holland America has 11-night cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, calling at St Lucia, St Thomas, St Kitts and Barbados, from £891pp cruise only, departing on 5 Jan 2015, based on two sharing.
You've probably heard that Antigua has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, and with its banana trees and stunning Englishman's harbour, it's certainly worth exploring. But the chance to visit the neighbouring (and exclusive) island of Barbuda, with its pale pink sand and Frigate bird sanctuary, is not to be missed.
Take me there: Princess Cruises has a 10-day Caribbean Islander cruise from New York on October 25 2015, calling at St Thomas, Antigua and Aruba from £599pp, not including flights.
Translucent water teaming with tropical fish and pristine beaches make the Bahamas the quintissential Caribbbean escape.
Take me there: On a Disney cruise you'll call at Nassau, where you can spend the day swimming with dolphins or hanging out at the Atlantis resort, and you'll also visit the cruise line's own private island, Castaway Cay. An 11-night cruise-and-stay holiday, including seven nights at Walt Disney World resort Florida and a four-night Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral starts at £1299pp in 2015 (
With its lush green rainforest, mountains and reggae everywhere you go, Jamaica is without doubt one of the most intriguing islands in the Caribbean. On a day trip you can go bareback horseriding in the sea, climb Dunn's waterfall and still have time for a lunch of jerk chicken, rice and peas; or if you're a music fan, head for The Bob Marley Centre & Mausoleum. Jamaica is the kind of island that seduces you from your first visit. Trust us, you won't want to leave.
Take me there: MSC Cruises has a seven-night cruise from Miami, departing in February 2015, calling at Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas and Mexico,from £459pp (a saving of £200pp on the brochure price), based on two sharing, not including flights.
The chance to visit Cuba before big changes take place makes the island one of the hottest destinations for 2015. Havana, with its crumbling baroque and neoclassical buildings and squares, old cadillacs cruising the streets and extraordinary history is not to be missed.
Take me there: Thomson has a seven-night Cuban Fusion cruise, departing from 30 December to 7 April 2015, sailing from Montego Bay in Jamaica with two days in Havana, from £1,039pp, based on two people sharing, including flights.

Divers and snorkellers will be in their element in this small Central American country - the 150-mile Belize Barrier Reef offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. There are also Mayan ruins to visit in the jungle, notably at Altun Ha, which dates back to 900BC.
Take me there: Norwegian Cruise Line has a seven night cruise calling at Belize from £1,040pp, based on two sharing, including flights.

Arguably one of the prettiest islands in the Caribbean, with the 17th-century UNESCO-listed Dutch colonial quarter of Willemstad the biggest attraction. Must-sees include the gingerbread houses painted in pastel colours and floating market. 
Getting there: Carnival has an eight-day Southern Caribbean cruise from £627pp in March 2015, cruise only, based on two sharing.
Away from its all-inclusive resorts, the Dominican Republic is one of the most fascinating islands in the Caribbean, with a distinctly Latin flavour. Head for Santo Domingo, with its beautiful preserved architecture and museums. Must-sees include the former viceregal residence of Alcázar de Colón, Ozama Fortress and Santa Maria La Menor Cathedral. 
Getting there: Thomson Cruises has an 18-night cruise sailing in April 2015, from £1467pp, departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica and calling at La Romana in the Dominican Republic. Other ports of call include St Kitts, Antigua, the Azores and Majorca.
Considered the most glam of the ABC islands (the others are Curacao and Bonaire), Aruba has magnificent white-sand beaches perfect for chilling out.
Take me there: Norwegian has an 11-night Southern Caribbean cruise from Miami, sailing regularly from November to March, from £1,394pp, based on two sharing, including flights.

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