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A Possible Cure for Seasickness…Royal Caribbean’s Gyroscopic Pool Table

Rob Almeida
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February 12, 2012

I had heard rumors in the past that some ships had outfitted their rec rooms with pool tables, but I never quite believed it.  Why the heck would you put a pool table on a moving ship anyway?  Well, Royal Caribbean apparently thought it was a great idea and engineered a pool table that would stay level even as the ship pitched and rolled at sea.

Apparently it works too, although it has to be a bit awkward to use in a rough sea.

Thinking about it a bit more, I wonder if playing pool on this table could also help seasick passengers get over their illness?  Beside the horizon, it’s probably the only thing on the ship that a passenger would be able to look at, or touch, that is maintaining it’s attitude relative to the horizon.

Perhaps it would make them even more seasick, hard to say.  I’ve seen some ships dangle a ball from a string from the overhead as a rudimentary horizon indicator, but I never thought it worked super well as a seasickness cure.

 

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