Apparently was a thing. Must have been a challenge to play in rough seas!
The stern x men I had came in a group of pins that came off a carnival cruise ship.So it must still be a thing someone who is a travels a lot might be able to chime in with more info
I've never seen a pinball game in the few Carnival ships I've been on. They each did have a small arcade section with some gun games, redemptions, crane, and others. A cruise ship is pretty damn stable so I wouldn't see any issue putting a pinball game on one.
I've been on 11 Carnival ships in the last 3 years, I always look and have not come across one yet. Sure the ship swings and sways, I'd still enjoy a few games each trip tho but I can see why they don't.
I've sailed on a few Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise ships and have never come across any pins.
Where did I see that "warehouse raid" in Europe (UK?) that was an abandoned ship with a huge arcade inside including a heap of pinball? Anyone else remember that?
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There are no more pins in malls anymore so I wouldn't expect to see any on a ship.
I guess maintenance would be the big problem. On the first night, a ball gets stuck somewhere and it gets switched off for the rest of the cruise. Pinball's inherent problem - physics.
Cruise every year on Royal Caribbean....big game rooms...never a pin.....ok though....they do have casinos...
I'm going on the new Norwegion Escape ship Jan 2nd. Would be great to see a few pins on it
Back in the late 90s, i went on a 3 day weekend cruise from LA/Catalina to Ensenada Mexico and back
and they had about 3 or 4 pins, the ship rolling did make for some interesting games.
Those ancient games in the photos play so slowly I doubt you can tell if the waves move the table.
Love my NI. Don't knock what you don't understand...
With EM multi, zipper flippers & bally-gator ~ the high seas don't stand a chance. Bell-bottoms, flairs or boot cut.
I have strong memories of playing Caribbean Cruise pinball on the Big Red Boat when I was on them. The first night we were on board it was the 'roughest they had all year' and the ship was barely moving. Considering it was a small ship compared to the others out there today, there should be no issue with one on board.
I would think pins on a ship would be perfect. I have never been on a cruise. Worried I wouldn't like it and then no way to get off. I have been on a cruise of sorts with about 10 cabins around Fiji but not a big ship
Played a couple pins on a ferry boat last summer. As soon as I saw them I took a pic and made a post on here that it was hilarious there were pins on a boat. But between the calm day, and the boat's stabilizers, they were actually quite level and steady.
Our last cruise did not have a pin. I think it would be an added challenge to the game. Kind of like the contraptions at pinball life's open house.
They used to have pins on the ferries between Vancouver and Victoria in BC. It used to be pretty fun playing as the ship turned in the channels and rocked from side to side. Docking was always an adventure as it bumped into the terminal. It was like have a magnet toy in the game. In fact I think I read that this is where Robert Gagno first got the pinball bug.