I've read many reviews and gained many answers to questions. But I have yet to see a topic on lightning. Hss anyone been on a ship during a lightning storm? What is it like? Obviously stay away from metal. Should you not be anywhere on deck? Does it ever effect the elevators?
We saw several lightning storms. I HATE storms. The night we left and several passing storms throughout. We never seeme to go right through them. I don't know if that was luck or if they chose a path that took them around the edge. They never restricted movement except when the wind kicked up they locked the deck doors for a few hours. Power was ever an issue. It is gorgeous out there during a storm.
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Hello cruiznisthebest, welcome to cruise-chat;
interesting! This is the first time I've seen the subject come up.
I'm sure some of our more science-savvy members will have information on this; but I would say use the same common sense on sea that you would on land--stay inside. I'm sure modern cruise ships have emergency generators to keep lights and elevators running. However in a real emergency never use the elevators--always use the stairs.
All cruise lines have the latest technology as far as radar. They will do their best to steer clear of storms. We've been through a few storms at sea, have never lost power from a storm, and have never had them tell us not to go outside-but who wants to when it's storming. Best wishes!
Don't worry about "not touching metal" the ship will act like a Faraday cage and conduct the electricity around you into the ocean. That is why there is no problem with the generators also. As far as going out on deck... I'm not sure that is the safest thing to do, but the ship has higher points on it and all metal ones at that, so the lightning would most likely not strike a person on deck. (The masts have lightning rods on them) But why would you risk it? Watch from inside or before the ship gets into the storm.