OK , so maybe they make it to the western Caribbean , then how do you suggest they get back to NY once this storm reaches Fla, NC and travel up the east coast? I'd rather visit the Bahamas and have an extra sea day than sail 4 or 5 days in a hurricane. this proposed itinerary keeps the ship 2 days in front of the storm at all times.
Yes, they may have a problem getting back to Florida from the western caribbean. It's too early to tell. Then, on the other hand, the huricane is zeroing in on the Bahamas as of right now and It's better than even odds to hit eastern Florida this weekend. So how does the ship get back to port with the current change to it's itinerary? I think we're both on the proverbial slippery slope. At least from the western caribbean, it has the possibility to make a port on the western side of Florida, if the hurricane prevents it from getting to the eastern side of Florida. From the Bahamas, it's cut off from western Florida ports without going thru the hurricane, if the forecast is correct. And of course, if the eastern Florida ports are in jeopardy, so is the rest of the eastern seaboard. Like I said, they made a dicey choice.
Whiteknight, if you are going to comment , you should be aware that the ship we are speaking about is ported right now in NEW YORK CITY, NOT in Florida. The ship will be in and out of the Bahamas ahead of the storm and back to NY in front of the storm.
Western Caribbean is not a viable option.
No not really. Last year we sailed on the Legend and the same thing happen we went to Key West Nassau and Freeport and we had great weather in all ports but when we were heading up the coast it was BAD and I mean BAD. The boat did not stop rocking for 2 and a half days even though the hurricane was 500 miles away.
Yes, it's a tough choice to make, no doubt about it. I didn't know they were out of New York. That being the case, I'm surprised they even went south, instead of just going to Bermuda and Canada. They are headed south through some of the roughest waters around the U.S. and they only have to dodge 2 tropical storms and a hurricane. From my experience as a mariner, even if they manage to miss all the storms, the collateral effect of all that will result in 10 foot plus seas and that's no picnic, even on a ship that size. Hold on tight.
Well The Legend is only calling at these ports due to the hurricane. It wont be strange if she does that again during September due to other hurricanes. The Mircale was taken out of service this week becuase she had a proplusion problems but showed be back in service next week.
didn't I hear something (I could have imagined it, so don't take this as fact) that one of the ships would stay in port during the convention and host people aboard??
I know the QMII did this during the Olympics. The USA basketball team stayed on the ship. I heard that during practice, they couldn't even hit the ocean!! Just kidding, the part about the QMII and the team is true though.
Royale 5/85; Oceanic 7/85, 5/86, 5/89
Veracruz 7/88; Fantasy 7/97;
Tropicale 6/98; Sov. Seas 6/99;
Sensation 5/03, 5/04; Glory 9/03,Triumph 9/04; Pride 3/05
Ya you are right. They wanted to Charter the Norwegian Dawn but the mayor and other did not agree because NYC would lose money in hotels because NCL would get that money but they final decided not to and took up room in the Plaza and Waldorf and others. Still NYC has lost millions because people are taking of from work and are not going into the city and spend money.
The Legend is in Port Canaveral today. I work at CCAFS, and she was sitting there as I passed by.
What a gorgeous ship!
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Sitmar Fairsky - June 1987
Carnival Fantasy, March 2002
Carnival Fascination - April 2004, October 2005, Dec 2006
Sovereign of the Seas - Sept. 2003, April 2005, Oct. 2005, Sept. 2006
Carnival Sensation - September 2007
There's sure to be some reshuffling of ports by all the cruise lines due to Francis. I hope everyone can and will make the most of it and has a great time in spite of the weather. However, there will be those who will lambast the cruise lines no matter which port they had to miss, substitute to, what choices had to be made, etc.
I think it will be interesting to hear the stories after the storm has passed.
They are going in and out of NY. Going to the Western Caribbean would be extremely hard to do in the allotted time. This works out perfect for my clients! They paid in full for the Miracle going to the Bahamas, but it was cancelled and my very unhappy clients had to go on the Legend to PR (which they hate) and the Virgin Islands (which they have already been to) Lets just pray that they stay ahead of the storm.