December 30, 2011 | By Sue Bryant | 24 Comments
Ship captains are notoriously understated in their weather forecasting. You know what we mean if you’ve ever sailed in foul weather: “You may feel the ship moving a bit” in the captain’s daily address probably means “The waves are going to be enormous and lots of you will be seasick.” So how are you supposed to know when it’s gonna be a bumpy one?
Here are 10 sure-fire signs there’s trouble ahead:
1. During the day, you hear the maitre d’ quietly instructing the waiters to chain down the tables in the dining room for dinner.
2. Sick bags appear at strategic locations throughout the ship.
3. All deck furniture is cleared away and lashed down and the hot tubs are emptied.
4. Rumors begin to fly around the ship: “So-and-so overheard a crew member saying it was going to be ‘horrendous.'”
5. The ship is bouncing around ominously, even though it’s still alongside, tied up.
6. The following day’s port of call is cancelled as it’s too “exposed.”
7. The advertised dinner menu changes suddenly to something comforting like plain steaks and chicken soup.
8. The cocktail of the day is an ironic Dark and Stormy.
9. Seasick pills are given out like free candy at the reception desk.
10. You pop up on deck before sailing to see what’s going on and you see the captain staring pensively out to sea.
Of course, the captain will come clean with a proper safety warning just before sailing if it’s going to get really bad. And look on the bright side. Although being seasick is horrible and no joke, you can dine out on storm stories for many happy cruises to come.