Good morning all I was just wondering with all the modern technology onboard cruise lines now days why can't they detect a Rogue wave like the can hurricanes and such that way they could sail around them if possible?? I would have been scared to death if I was sailing on that Norweign Dawn that year it happened. Is this a common thing, just a little concerned seeing as I am not a Vet to the cruise.
Science is not really sure how rogue waves form, and there may be several different sets of circumstances which result in the formation of a rogue wave. One thing that is fairly common is that rogue waves are quick to form and short-lived. I am talking minutes or seconds from start to finish. It isn't like a hurricane which forms over days. Rogue waves don't roll across the ocean for hours on end.
Cruise ships have encountered rogue waves. None have been sunk. The QE2 encountered a 95 foot wave in February 1995. I've personally gone through north Atlantic storms (in the Navy) where we had hours of 40+ foot waves breaking over the bridge.
Although they are more prevalent than previously thought, rogue waves are still rare. I certainly don't think about them when going on a cruise and urge you to do the same. Modern ships are very strong and despite the outward appearance of some they are very much seaworthy. Someone on our recent voyage on the Freedom asked the Captain about rogue waves. The Captain laughed and said don't worry about it - the ship could handle it. Sure, he admitted there would be some breakage and so forth but he was quite confident the ship would not sink.
Thanks Dave56 it is always a pleasure hearing from you-you seem so positive about things and I find you very uplifting again thank you. I posted this same comment on the regular forum because I didn't realize I had put it here, again thank you for your responce.