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Old January 14th, 2004, 08:43 AM
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Any high seas stories out there?

On my first cruise we ran into a cold front on the day at sea home. Ship was rocking in the morning and by 2 pm was really going. I took a Bonine and found an officer on deck. He told me seas were at least 15 ft, maybe more. By that evening same officer (what are the odds of me running into him again?) told me we were looking at 20-30 ft seas.

My son waited too long to take a Bonine and was a little green, but by 11 pm was better, so we headed off to Cleopatra's to sing a little. We were ALONE in the bar!! Very few people were out walking around, probably because walking was so difficult.

Since I didn't get sick, I have to admit I actually *liked* the experience. I was hanging onto the rail just marveling at the seas.

That being said, I prefer smooth sailing on my next cruise.

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Dorothy, that's the roughest water I've ever been in and I thought it was kind of fun walking.........er, stumbling.........around the ship like I was drunk without being stared at! I did check that machine in the casino where you drop a quarter in and the push bars shove the quarters forward until they drop in the slot, and I found 50 cents. Whooopeee!

I have to say the rough seas didn't affect the cards at the blackjack table. Arrrrghh!!!!

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Old January 14th, 2004, 09:47 AM
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Once when I was on a Windjammer Barefoot cruise, while crossing a deep area of ocean between islands, the ocean was so rough that when the ship was between swells, you could only see the ocean, instead of the horizon and the crew had to string up lines to hold on to, so when you walked you weren't tossed across the deck. It was fun, while at the same time scary, very similar emotionally, as an extreme rollercoaster ride. Some people were white as a ghost, while others were green as a lime, but the adventureous were taking it all in stride. I wouldn't want to make a habit of cruising under those conditions, but I must admit, it was a priceless experience that I wouldn't want to have missed. It's one of those memories that worth telling again and again.
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Old January 14th, 2004, 10:21 AM
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Thomas, meant to ask how you fared at the BJ table. Sounds like it's better unasked!

I was thrilled to win $5.25 in the slots and $8 on scratch offs! And, of course, those winnings were immediately gambled away....

BTW, Mrs. T doesn't strike me as someone who sticks her fingers in other's pies. *You* on the other hand.... (just kidding!)

Wait! I'm off topic on my OWN thread! More high seas stories everyone!

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My husband and I were on a cruise around cape horn March 2003. Amazingly enough the trip around the horn was quite calm and we got into Port Stanley without too much porblems but the winds bashed the tenders around. After leaving port stanley we hit a hurrican and like the minow our ship was tossed. I have never been through rougher seas. It was so rough during the night that you could not even stay on the bed half the time!!!. Everything in our cabin that was not batted down was broken, thoughout the ship TV's had come crashing off the desks, and the mess in the gift shop was unbelievable. The grand piano was pitched over onto its side which did not do it much good!!! We had to miss Port Madryn due to this Hurrican but our captain was fantastic. Apprently when we arrived at Monte Video there was rumors that the ship sustained over a million $ in damages. It was quite the adventure and I will not soon forget. My husbands video camera has a dent in it from falling off our night table, its a reminder of the fun we had .
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Here's one from the "Inland Seas."

A few years ago, some buddies and I took a men's weekend away from our wives to go camping on a Lake Erie Island. I had a Coleman popup camper that would serve as our shelter. I had to work unitl 5:00PM, but they were able to leave at noon for the 125 mile trip. They claimed our campsite by pitching a pup tent. By the time I finished my after work errands, I finally left home about 8PM.

The quickest route to the island is well off the beaten path from Columbus. The use of smaller highways is almost mandatory. You can't get there from here by freeway. And there are lots of small towns! So there was some concern whether I would be on time to catch the last ferry to the island for that night.

About halfway to the island my friends called me to tell me that the crossing was extremely rough. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, and responds most violently to the slighest puffs. And since the ferry crosses through some of the shallowest waters in the lake, the ship would be rocking. She goes over the same waters where the M.S. Ben E Tate bottomed out in 1956. It's only a 3 mile crossing, but we chose to go camping the same weekend that the weather pattern switched from summer to autumn. The temperature suddenly dropped to 50 degrees and the NW wind started blowing 20+kts. Think windchill.

I made it in time for the last crossing of the night. As soon as the MV Shirley Irene cleared the slip, the action started. Occasionally, spray from a wave would break over the gunwales, which are about as tall as a man. Passengers, some drunk, were slipping and sliding. Others were grabbing whatever handhold was available. Some jumped back into their cars. Every inch of availabe space was occupied in the small passenger lounge. So the others found whatever lee and warmth they could find.

The one passenger I remember most was a 20-something y.o. pedestrian dressed for summer, T shirt and gymn shorts. He also appeared to be drunk. He attempted to brace himself against the forward gunwale slightly behind the dropramp where he'd be sheltered from the wind--just as the biggest wave of the crossing struck the forward hull.

Is there a word in any language that conveys the sense of hilarity and pity? That fellow would be the picture in the dictionary.

In his little space of the lee, he was soaked and suddenly sober. I suspect the crossing was the longest 20 minutes of his life.

I loved it! Now imagine. On a level surface, I limp on one leg and swagger on the other--childhood accident, never mind. But of all the 50 or so passengers on deck that night, I was the most comfortable. It was so rough, I was only one walking normally.
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Well, Dorothy, I actually can report that I returned from the casino with other people's money. Yay!!!

I followed my three rules and one a little the first night. Doubled my money the second night, was down to my last chip 3 times the third night but ended up getting my stake back plus a little, and just played sparingly the fourth night, probably won a little or lost a little, but nothing substantial.

I did try the BJ tournament but only lasted the first round. There's a different type of strategy playing tournaments........ and drinking plenty of Michelobs beforehand is not a good one!

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LOVE all these high seas stories - what an adventurous group we have here at CM!

Keep 'em comin'!

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In the 70s we did a Windjammer Barefoot Cruise out of Martinique. We sailed at night and stopped in ports in the daytime. The seas were rough, we bunked beside the latrines and everybody was sick. YUUUK!
The cook quit and I lived on french bread, brie cheese, bloody marys at 0600 hours and 151 proof rum out of the barrel all week. Never again!

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Old January 14th, 2004, 07:14 PM
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When I was younger, I thought about one of the Windjammer Cruises, but now I'm old and lazy and want some pampering - on a BIIIIIG ship!

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Yes, Steve, I've done a bit of sailing on my own and I've heard many times that the storms that come up on the Great Lakes can match anything you'll run into on the Ocean. It sounds a lot like the storms in the North Atlantic and North Pacific in the wintertime, the kinds of conditions the crab fishermen have to endure.
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We were on a cruise to bermuda this past October on the Legend. My dad was in his cabin watching TV with his feet proped up on the table. All of the sudden all the cabinets flew open, everything was falling and his feet were above his head. He turned the channel to the information channel and the winds were 65mph.

During this same time my husband had gone up to the aft bar to get a bucket of beer and he thought the bar was closed because no one was out there. He said the rain drops were the size of tennis balls. He stumbled back inside and went to an indoor bar. Later on that night when things had calmed down a little he went back to see if the aft bar had opened again. The bartendender was there this time and he asked him where he went when it was so bad out. The bar tendered pointed to the bar and said "I go under there".
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needgreen thats funny!
I live in michigan, right near the lake (michigan)and it does get 15-20 footers here all the time,, also have a cabin in upper michigan on / near lake superior and thats alot worse! even more so in the winter!
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Two years I was on theVictory( I think) And the second day/night we were in 28-30 FT waves most of the day and night I was green around the gills to say the least but i did not get sick. This was in March believe it or not?

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We once were sitting at the end of the long cabin hallway, just outside our cabin having a glass of wine and chatting while our kid slept inside the "inside stateroom" We laughed watching everyone coming down the long hall after a night of revelry, bouncing off one wall and then the other in the very rough seas we were sailing. Suddenly a 20 something young man comes around the corner and begins walking perfectly down the hallway, unlike Steve's abilities in high seas stemming from his acident, this kid was just blind drunk, I swear we were just rolling with laughter, he walked so perfectly straight and people walking behind him were all over the place...
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We were on the Norway last January and on the last night we had 20ft seas. Things were so bad that I fell down the stairs.
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Gosh, Lizette, I'm surprised your captain let the ship get so close to the hurricane as to cause so much damage! On our last cruise on the Paradise, our wonderful captain bypassed an active hurricane, kept us updated, and took us to other wonderful ports! Our activities director even worked his ### off to provide new shore excurions for us!

It can only get better!

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My husband and I where on the Pride last January for our honeymoon and we hit a cold front comming home ....my famous last words to my freinds before we went to bed the night before the rough sea''s hit was where should I save seats for everyone on deck the next morning so we could sit in the sun (I'm an early riser)...LoL we woke up to 20 ft waves I called everyone and told them I'd be by the pool ....Later that day it got so bad that most of the crew was sick as well as almost everyone ....Our friends where all sick but my husband and I where fine .
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