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Old 10-02-2009, 12:29 PM
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That'll buff right out.
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Nothing a little bondo can't fix. I'm sure Geico will be waiting with the new glass panels.

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These last posts sound awfully familiar. How many used car salesmen have told me "it'll buff right out" and "just getcha a little bondo and a can of spray paint and it'll look like new".
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Old 10-02-2009, 02:39 PM
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We sail on the Legand in 5 weeks. I hope it is not going to get dry docked for repairs.
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Being serious, I haven't heard yet. I doubt they will dry dock her for repairs. I'm just guessing at this point though. It looks like most of the damage was cosmetic, other than the glass railings. They can most likely repair "most" of it in Tampa between sailings. I sure hate this happened, she is a beautiful ship.

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Old 10-04-2009, 09:03 AM
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Hi Folks,
I can offer some first hand experience here. I was on the RCI Enchantment of the Seas this past week when the two vessels came in contact. I can't even say collided because it wasn't much of a crash. The Enchantment was still docked in Cozumel and the Legand was moving very slowly out to sea. Couldn't see the damage to the RCI ship (I was on it), but the Legand looked like it just had some cosmetic damage. Some scratches on the one side and a couple of panes of glass under a guardrail were broken. I don't have much sailing experience (and none moving a ship this size) but I can say that we had a sudden sqwall creap up in about 15 minutes. It was sunny, calm, and hot when I boarded our ship and was in my stateroom when the crash happened. I did look out my window a few minutes before the crash and saw the Legand very close, but I thought, hey, they do this all the time. A few minutes later the Enchantment shook a bit (glasses were clinking in my stateroom) and I stubbled a bit to the side, but I just figured it was either wake (have experienced more movement when at sea with 10 foot waves), or that maybe I'd had a bit to drink (hey, it is a cruise, AND we just got back from Mexico!). Wasn't until the captain started paging all hands to the deck and Echo, Echo that I realized anything was going on. Even at that point I figured maybe someone had fallen overboard. When I looked out my window (about 1-2 minutes after impact) it looked like some of the Legand crew were swinging out one of their lifeboats. I grabbed my camera and ran up on deck. On my way up I found out that the Legand had hit us while trying to get out to sea from the pier. There was some minor panic on our ship (no idea about on the Legand) but mostly it seemed that the passengers were more interested in grabbing pics of the mishap than concerned at all. I did feel bad for some of the passengers that weren't back on board yet (we were scheduled to leave in about 40 minutes) because the captain of the Enchantment closed the gangway until the Legand cleared away from us as there was some concern that it would hit again. We got a sudden downpour at that point so the passengers waiting to board got stuck out in the rain (my traveling companions included). I actually felt bad for the pilot of the Legand. Apparently the winds and current were really bad, and there was a lot of disel burnoff in the air; it looked like they had the Legand's engines going as hard as they could but they certainly weren't moving much, and looked like they were even struggling to keep from connecting again, let alone move away from us. All together, was more excitement and something to joke about for the rest of the cruise rather than anything bad. Seemed like the crew of both vessels did a pretty good job all together.
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Thanks for the first-hand report.

The modern cruise ships are all so slab-sided that they have tremdous "sail area" and this can be hard to overcome. I remember being aboard the Legend a few years ago. Despite the lack of storms, we had strong trade winds the whole cruise hitting us broadside, and this caused the ship to rock and roll quite briskly. Lots of mal de mer.
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cruzsnob, Thank you so much for the first hand report!

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Thank you so much for your report, cruzsnob, it was a fascinating account. I've never been on board when something like that has happened. We have experienced banging into the dock on a couple of cruises, but nothing like that. I am very grateful no one was injured, but feel bad for those left out in the rain. I'm sure the crews went to work immediately on repair work with the supplies they carry on board. The captains probably radioed/called ahead to have the rest of the pieces/parts on hand when the ships returned to home port. It was just a freak happening, but it made your cruise quite memorable.
 
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