And when you're sick, you still can't get off that ship. We were so sick and felt like prisoners in that small room.
There is no way to make a ship medically clean. All those passengers are touching surfaces everywhere you go, including the dining rooms. One passenger with bacterial germs or a virus can infect the whole ship fast - then you are sick and can't call your doctor, can't go to your doctor, can't use your own over the counter measures to help yourself, you are just stuck.
Why that speaker didn't come on and say there was medicine available, I don't know. The freaking speaker came on at 7 am every day telling of various activities. If I had a grenade I would have set it on top of the speaker with the pin out and walked out of the room until the speaker was silenced, then gone back to bed to sleep - that's how much I hated that speaker.
In Jan 1969, wife, two babies and I scored a PCS cruise from Yokohama to SFO on the SS President Wilson. Wife and I got nauseous the first night, but after that, it was “smooth sailin’.” A USN Commander was aboard with his pregnant wife. That lady was a very miserable person, even though the seas were calm. The shipboard doctor kept her sedated and they took her off at Honolulu and hospitalized her. After we got back to HQS, they asked if we’d like to ride the SS United States from NYC TO Southampton. Back in the day, the government heavily subsidized those liners and civil service and military personnel could apply for passage. Yes, we did take the SS United States to Europe. New bride and I have taken two Carnival cruises and one Princess. We loved the Carnival cruises to the eastern and western Caribbean.