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Old July 19th, 2011, 10:06 PM
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With all our collective cruises, I was wondering if any of you had ever been on a ship in really rough seas, and, how did it effect you?

In all my cruises, I can only remember one where it bothered me. It was on a Cruisemates group cruise on the Golden. We had rough seas, missed a port, and, boy the ship was roly poly! Walking sideways was a common site. It didn't last long though, and one bad day out of many is a good record
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We did a New year's eve cruise on the Carnival Liberty in 2007/2008.

New year's eve was a lot of fun, but on jan 2nd the weather got nasty and we could not dock in Jamaica. Very heavy winds and huge waves kept the ship rocking and rolling for about 24 hours. My DW and I don't get seasick and I slept like a baby with the ship rocking.

No one was hurt but some people were a bit sick.

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Never on a big ship seeing how we have only been on one cruise. But back in my younger days working on a 80 foot offshore dragger we seen some pretty good storms in the winter for the size of the boat. I think the worst was 30 foot seas and 70 mph winds that never really did bother me what always bothered me was having to wait for the bar conditions to calm down so you could get in. Most of the time you would just wait for the tide sometimes you would wait for a little longer.I always liked the line from the song (The wreck of the EDmond fitz Gerald) that goes Does anyone know where the love of god goes when the waves turn minutes into hours. WEll time to head out everyone have a good day
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In all of my cruises I have been lucky and never had what I would call "really" rough seas.

The worst I can recall was the CM Chef Matt cruise, last year, when we were pinned to the dock in Cozumel because of high winds. The Epic was broadside to the wind and did not have the power to pull away from the dock. We had to stay overnight and the next morning the Captain headed for Miami at top speed and in fifteen foot seas. It was a bit rough but not bad. The Cirque show was canceled but otherwise it was no problem.

I was on R2, in the Med, and it was a bit rough and the barf bags were taped to the railings but I had no problems.

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Mike I forgot about that one..Having an aft cabin, we heard and felt the ship bumping up against the pier...so that makes 2....
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The DW took a cruise with her parents back in the day - early 70's, Song of Norway I believe. The seas were so rough they set out buckets in the hallway. Her family always brings this up when discussion turns to cruising.
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It's all relative I suppose.

I remember our cruise on the Carnival Dream last year. On the last night (I think the captain was racing to get back) ..... the pool on the lido deck turned into a wave pool with huge swells, that were splashing everywhere. I remember standing at the elevators and lookign out through the glass doors and seeing a huge tidal wave coming out of the pool straight towards me.

I was sooooo worried about my daughter who has motion sickness; but with the motion-ease she was fine. It caught me off-guard when my son got sick duringn dinner.


On HAL Eurodam earlier this year, it was a combination of small ship and rough seas. EVERYONE was feeling it. It was commonplace to hear, "I've been on X cruises and never been sick, and I can't even get out of bed onthis cruise". I was sick more than a few times, as was DH. We were both constantly queasy. I despite packign tons of chidlren's gravol, lost it in the cabin (found it when we were packign to go home) .... so I had them drugged up on 1/2 doses of adult bonnine which I bought in the gift shop. Poor things were falling asleep at dinner. In San Juan, there were crowds of people in the CVS all fighting for the anti-nausea medicine.
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oh my this one goes waaay back. Our trans-canal cruise on the Royal Princess, going from canal to Acapulco, we hit a rouge storm, our captain tried to go around it, but it was too big, at dinner the captain came over the PA system announced that after dinner all passengers were immediatley to go to their cabins- store away any loose items, all restaurants, stores, clubs, bars and casinos were to close. I remember laying in bed and physically being lifted off the bed, didn't get seasick,it was an up and down motion not side to side roll. Next day big clean-up,lots of booze bottles were broken, lots of china and crystal was broken
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Years ago on a crossing of the QEII, passengers the story goes, were tied to the beds to keep them safe....oh my.....
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Speaking of years ago - on the original Queen Mary we were involved with a hurricane in the Atlantic. In those days, the dining tables had ledges that could be lifted up so the plates, etc. wouldn't slide off. Lots of people sick in the hallways and they put down sawdust to cover it up. Went up to the top deck and watched the moon go back and forth in the sky ... actually it was the ship rocking to and fro. It was fascinating.

Then another time in the South China Seas in a smaller ship we ran into a typhoon. It was the night we were hosting a cocktail party and a lot of our guests didn't show.

Fortunately, I didn't get sick.
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