Yup, I've seen it a couple of times but fortunately they are few and far between and not many people find it necessary to utilize this option. Most just tend to go to their cabin and die quitely. <VBG> Seriously, being seasick isn't nice at all and I truely feel for those that it happens to but todays ships are really very stable.
Haven't seen them tied to the railings, but on more thanone rough sailing, we have seen them stacked on ashtrays outside the elevators, as well as in various public rooms around the ship. Fortunately, we've never had to avail ourselves of them.
I have seen Barf bags on several sailings. I hae found them taped or tied to the handrails of the stairs. Fortunely we have never participated in the use of them. We have never had motion sickness and we are proud of that fact. The Med seems to produce a lot of big swells. And too out of Dutch Harbor headed toward northern Japan gets rough and out comes the Barf Bags.
I have seen barf bags on several cruises, on several different lines. Some were taped to railings, some were set out around the ship. Once employees were stationed around the ship handing barf bags to passersby. As one man was handing them out , he was saying, "Now you can take home a different kind of souvenir. Please feel free to take it home." I know it's kind of gross, but at the time it certainly broke the tension for those who were very concerned and nervous about the rough seas.
I saw them on Paradise for a couple days of rough seas. The first place I noticed them was in the dining room. Then I noticed them next to elevators and in public restrooms. After the seas calmed down, they disapeared.
dezertcruzer, we cruised on
RCI Explorer last Jan. (12-19) and saw the C. Pride at almost every stop (E. Carib.). We had a very smooth trip, felt hardly any motion. It was our first cruise and I never saw barf bags anywhere--didn't know they existed and definitely were not needed on our cruise. Your cruise must've been a different week.
I worked on Commodore's Enchanted Capri in 2000. Barf bags were like part of the decoration on that ship.....probably due to the small size of the ship and the fact that the stabilizers did not work. When the seas got rough (which was more often than not on that ship), we would go around all stairwells and place the bags between the railing and the wall. This was obviously not convenient enough for some passengers because the utility crew still spent a lot of time cleaning up "messes".
Yes, ours was Dec. 30 thru Jan 6, the same week that a huge cold front came down through Georgia and closed the Atlanta airport. Well, all the cold air and its accompanying winds just swept on out into the Gulf Of Mexico and tossed and shook things pretty darn good! But we had a ball. We were disappointed about missing Key West, since we had looked forward to seeing the town, but it was just too rough to tender in.
The last day of my first cruise, on the Jubilee, was a fairly rough sea day. Barf bags had been placed in strategic locations around the ship. That day in the casino I won about $20 in the slots. Well, all these tokens came out of the machine, and there were no coin cups to be seen. Next to the machine, though, was a barf bag. (Unused, of course.) So I put the coins in it and took it to the cashier.
She took it with a look of distaste and said, "You know what these bags are for, right?"
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We've had them on a couple of sailings. Both were in the Gulf during hurricanes. These two were bad and had 15-20 foot waves so they were everywhere along the railings. There were messes too that some people just couldn't get a bag - it comes on quick supposedly - luckaly a few drinks and some Bonine - not suppose to mix I know and I was having a good time. Unfortunately one was with some friends that had not cruised before and he was very very sick for 1-1/2 days. We got out of it though and he was fine the rest of the trip. Debbie
As the Carnival Holiday passed through Hurricane Isidore last Saturday night, the bags were taped to walls near elevators/stairs and placed on end tables in public areas such as the library. A fellow passenger commented that special racks or baskets might imply that the bags are often needed - bad P.R.