I am going on the N. Crown to Bermuda on May 29th. The Atlantic is the Atlantic and can be bad anytime of the year. Rough seas are the norm. Anytime you get near Cape Hataras, NC you will have rough seas even without a storm.
I was on the original love boat -- "Pacific Princess" -- and we hit a storm just after we left Bermuda. This ship is much smaller than the Crown. By noon it was pitch black with wind and rain. My cabin mate was laying on the bed looking quite green. I grabbed her and took her to the back of the ship near the buffet area and one of the lounges. She was stretched out in a chair while two gentelmen kept me busy playing a board game. When the lunch buffet was opened, I went out to get several rolls. Good thing she didn't come with me -- it was sushi day -- the last thing you need to look at when you are in that shape! After eating the rolls we went to lunch in the dining room. The waiter saw her face and sat her facing away from the port hole. Good thing -- a huge wave hit shortly after we were seated with 4 other people. It was like looking out from the inside of the washing machine!
We emptied everything out of the closet and drawers and packed our bags sitting on the floor. You do not want to be bending over in rough seas.
Be sure to take the once a day Bonine -- better than Dramine -- and have either bread or crackers with you at all times. If the ship has ginger that will work too. Also, take it easy on liquids. Pasta and pizza is good to settle your stomach too.
My friends and I were on the QE2 when the Staten Island Ferry crash occurred in NYC. We had 70 mph winds and the wind was so loud we had to raise the TV volume to drown it out. We made it to dinner and the show and then walking at a 45 degree angle made it back to our cabin. The staff advise everyone to order room service for fear someone would fall down. No dish/plates were allowed in the hallways. You had to call to have someone pickup your tray.
I have been on the N. Crown before in Europe where the seas tend to be rougher. Usually, everything is done to avoid the problem areas since sufficient notification given to the Captain of the sea conditions. The ship will have movement and using your judgment can prevent falls from happening.
Years ago all the ships were smaller and you seldom heard of something like the N. Dawn encountered.
I guess the best thing would be to stay away from the windows if you see a large wave coming in your direction and say a little prayer for a safe journey.
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