Are there any rules posted/spoken, or general expectations of passengers when a ship encounters really rough seas? Are you told to stay in your room or are you still allowed to go about the ship (other than going out of doors) and carry on as usual?
Just didn't know what to expect in terms of what happens onboard when really bad weather hits, like if there were rules where you are told to stay in your room or what have you.
I just don't see that you will be made prisoner in your stateroom, although I can also see where walking around or being in open areas if things were really bad could be very dangerous due to falling objects, or you falling into a wall or over a railing into a grand atrium or something......not a pretty sight.
Any related experiences or knowledge would be appreciated!
On a cruise last fall in the North Pacific, they hit quite a storm. Here is a report from friends that were onboard:
The weather has really turned. It started getting rough yesterday afternoon. All entertainment was cancelled last night except for a movie in the Constellation Theater, and Veranda was closed for dinner.
By the time the movie was over it was a challenge to walk back to the cabin. During the night things really started flying – our bathroom floor was covered in stuff that had fallen out of the cupboards. When the captain came on this morning he said that the winds last night were up to 85mph and the waves 30 feet high. There certainly wasn’t much sleep to be had. We were too busy just trying to stay IN the bed!
All activities have been cancelled today and we’ve been asked to stay in our cabins as much as possible. All the elevators are off. Lunch time room service was limited to ham, turkey, or tuna sandwiches. And with the elevators off the poor room service guys have to walk it up and down the stairs.
It’s now almost 2pm and I think it’s calmed considerably. It’s still a challenge to walk across the room but it’s no longer necessary to hang on to something the whole time. I’m happy to avoid the hallways and stairs. I expect all the entertainment tonight will be cancelled too.
We hit very rough seas the first two days out of Ft Lauderdale on the Millenium, Eastern Caribbean trip. Pool tsunamis (then pools all drained and closed), glasses crashing, ship shop items flying off the walls, barf bags on all the stairwells, etc. The room steward delivered Meclazine tablets to each room and admitted it was probably the second worst seas he had been on. Didn't get bad enough to confine us to our rooms though. There is a strange experience of lying on your stateroom bed and feeling like your body is levitating a foot above the bed with each wave.
I have personal experience....sailed out of Galveston in 2003 on royal carribean...forecast was for the hurricane to hit the TX gulf within 24 hours of sailing. RC said they w/sail around it...but during the first night we were "IN" it. I don't know how high the waves were, but after hours of extreme shifting side to side and the sound of metal creaking badly and the wave "banging" the side of the ship, I dressed and somehow made my way up to the forward buffet in the early AM. All doors were padlocked...the few people I saw were visibly ill and the captain came on the speaker system and said we were approx 100 miles from the eye of the CAT 3 hurricane and winds were steady at 120 mph!!! He asked everyone to stay put in the cabin. I made my way back down to the cabin by holding on to things...including hugging the wall, because as the ship rythmncially rose and fell hard...the floor would dissapear from under my feet a few inches.
I took more BONINE (great for seasickness - although miraculously, I wasn't sick) and tried to sleep through the day. About 2 pm, it began to taper off...still rocking/rolling but not violently w/banging waves hitting the ship. We were able to leave the cabin and walk about a little easier as the day wore on and by evening...just rocking a bit. The next day...we'd sailed away from it all. We did loose one day of the itinerary. RC put passengers and crew in danger in this situation...all about the money.
I've been on 11 cruises....and this is the only frightening experience.
We rode out Hurricane Wilma on the Fascination in October 2005. We went to the buffet restaurant at Noon and the Captain tried a "maneuver" which pitched the entire ship starboard and liquor bottles, food, the turkey, pasta, and passengers went flying and sliding towards starboard, I thought we were going to tip completely over and grabbed my grandsons and headed for our stateroom to get our life jackets...you could barely walk and people were slamming into the walls. We heard that the seas were at 25-30 feet and they closed the Port of Miami.
All outdoor venues were closed, of course. We were not confined to our staterooms but the people that were out and about carried or wore their life jackets. I managed to get to the bar near the casino and plopped myself down for a few martinis.