Celebrity has done this in the past. The number of stars you see when they do this is unbelievable! It would be great if they had one small area high on the ship where lighting was diminished in order to enjoy the heavens.
There is a certain amount of lighting they are required to keep on but I agree that they don't need to keep on so many.
On Norwegian Cruise Lines I had a Bridge Tour at dusk and it was somewhat of a joke that a ship on the horizon was a Carnival ship because it was lit up like the fourth of July. The First Officer said that no Carnival ship will ever be hit by another ship and they will probably be seen from space because they run with so many lights on.
I love watching the stars at night but it is hard because of the light pollution.
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Oh, WHAT a good idea! I have seen the night sky from the mountains of Utah....we were even able to see the Milky Way with the naked eye! It was simply awe-inspiring, and the middle of the ocean would have to be just as fabulous. I would sure love it if they would let us star-gaze for one night!
I heartily agree! I couldn't see any more stars from ondeck in the middle of the ocean than I can from my backyard in polluted Atlanta.
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I wish they would turn off the lights too, but they won't. All is not lost though. If you can, meaning if the weather conditions allow it, get up front somewhere. The people on the Navigation bridge don't want any light up there, they want to see what's ahead. If the wind is not a problem, many ships will allow you to get forward at night (on several decks) out of the lights altogether. Not only do you see stars, but sometimes luminesence (sp) of the sea as well. Some of my most cherished memories of cruising are from up there at night. And the best thing is that no one seems to go up there. It is worth it!
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Safety first! . . yeah yeah yeah . . they won't turn off the lights because they're concerned for your safety.
I like the idea of having them turn off the lights. My husband and I often try to find a spot away from everybody and all the noises. We sit up there and talk for hours. I guess we should spring for the Penthouse suite and get it over with.
Nothing is more beautiful than the full moon over the ocean. On our last cruise we sat on the balcony with a bottle of wine, enjoying the full moon and evening sky reflected in the wake of the ship. Another spectacular site was during an electrical storm the incredible sight of lightning strikes over the water, was awsome. Can just imagine, in pure darkness how spectacular this would be. All in for turning off the ship ligts, but none the less still a sight to behold.