CAT Cocos

The white things are not molar teeth, wads of chewing gum or exposed female backsides. No, they are cocos de mer, a faintly erotic double-lobed coconut from the Seychelles. Which is where this catamaran ferry plies its trade.

Thanks to Matthias Koch. (2005)


City Cruises

The Mayflower Castle ferry runs from Waterloo down the Thames to the Millennium Dome. I asked the barman for a bag because "my wife is feeling ill." He searched under the bar, and produced a big, black plastic bin-bag, large enough for her to climb into. "We do have smaller bags somewhere", he said as he gave it to me, "I'll have another look for you". He eventually came up with this plain old plastic shopping bag. It's still pretty big -- I had to scan it in three sections. My wife said I shouldn't lie about her being ill, so I rocked her chair a bit until she did start to feel queasy. Not quite enough to puke into the bag, though. (2000) 


Color Lines

You might have expected a more interesting bag from a firm with this name. But no, seasick passengers on the Scandinavian ferries have to make do with plain whites. If you're not seasick, you can decorate your bag instead. On our trip from Hirtshals in Denmark to Kristiansand in Norway, my son liked his design so much that when the time came to throw up, he puked on the floor rather than into the bag.

Here's a sample that I managed to scrounge before the other passengers got to it (it was a rough crossing). (2001)


Condor Ferries

Airline-style instructions on how to dispose of litter, cans and cups. Nothing about vomiting. Please do so over the side of the boat.

Thanks to Matthias Koch. (2003)



Corsica Ferries

Fine plastic bag with a cartoon by Jaromir Kral, though with the name Mario Ciulli near the base.

At 37.4 x 26.5 cm, this bag is big enough to last an overnight crossing.

Thanks to Reiner Schultz. (2006)


Crillon Tours

From a hydrofoil that zips passengers across Lake Titicaca. The ride must be smooth: there's not much room in here for the remains of your potato-and-llama sandwich.

Thanks to Josef Gebele (2007)

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