The roughest seas I experienced was on the Century for a Carribbean cruise. We were in real windy weather, and I went up to the pool deck just to cross to the other side of the ship. As I was walking along, a gust of wind made a large metal sign went flying off the stage and crashed down to the deck. Luckily, no one was injured.
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Geez. . .I thought that the 16-foot waves and swells we had on the CCL Triumph last November were bad. I guess I won't complain about those, again!
We were on the backlash of Hurricane Hugo. While at sea, we were bouncing around. Thankfully, the port stops were all great. I didn't eat anything three of the seven nights at dinner. If you've ever been on a Carnival ship and had the cream of asparagus soup, you know what color my skin was most of the time e were at sea. :-O
Wow ... very interesting posts.. I have to put my brief story as well.. Not that bad compared to others but it maybe interesting ... 2 years ago sailing in the southern Carribean. 40-50 knot winds and the ship running 20 knots into the winds to make up some time .. you can do the math. People on the deck decided to pick up the lounge chairs to move them .. very very bad idea... I wonder how many have seen a person trying to hand on to a chair being launched in 60 knot winds...
Originally posted by RichC:
We were on the Nordic Prince headed for Bermuda in 1991 during the "perfect storm" & had one rough trip. We bounced off around for two days off the coast of North Carolina because we weren't allowed back into any US port & had to ride it out. There was a broken leg, sprained ankles, etc. The ship rode the waves OK but there were a few broken windows from impact. There weren't to many people in the dr during any of the meals. Many people left the ship after our short stay in Bermuda (repositioning cruise) & flew home although the trip was smooth sailing once past the storm.
We can relate to several of the stories posted here. That 1991 "perfect storm" was called Hurricane Bob. We know because we were on the other ship that got caught that day....Celebrity's old Meridian. The seas were over 40 feet, but the Meridian, with its deep hull, rode the storm well. But we were forced to slow down, because the Captain of the Nordic Prince radioed our ship to please stay in the area...since the Nordic Prince was in some trouble. OUr ship did well (one injury in the galley) but we recall the Nordic Prince sitting in Hamilton with a visible dent in her hull. On our ship, the big tale was about the roulette wheel which flew off the spindle and table, rolled across the casino, and smashed the main glass doors.
Regarding the OP story, we have also cruised with Captain Bang on several ocassions and its hard to imagine a better Captain for any bad situation. Many know Captain Bang (the true Commodore of RCIs fleet) for his love of the old Sun Viking.
That 1991 "perfect storm" was called Hurricane Bob.
Actually, they are two different storms that are often confused as they happened so close together. Hurricane Bob hit in mid-August, while the "perfect storm" was a nor'easter in late October that we locals called the "no-name storm" or the "Halloween nor'easter." I experienced both -- on land -- and recall that the "no-name" storm was worse in several ways.
Either way, I would NOT have wanted to be at sea. That must have been a frightening experience. I do remember the roulette wheel incident.