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I've been reading a lot about cruises that have been REALLY ROCKY due to huge waves and very high winds. Does anyone know if maybe that was just because of hurricane season? I was wondering if anyone has been recently and if your cruise was rocky.
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You very seldom run into that type of weather. The ships are equipped with modern technology to keep them out of harms way. They also have what is called stabilizers which keep the ship from rocking so much. I see that you will soon be on the Ecstasy. She's a great ship, and we had only a gentle rocking that will remind you of being rocked as a child.

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Relax & have a great cruise.... We had some rough seas with the Conquest but made a game in how striaight we could walk down the hallway without looking like we were drunk..... Certain seasons may generate rougher seas but it is really a poker hand that you get delt.... If you are prone to motion sickness in a moving car then you might look into what is available that you can take... Carnival will issue sea sickness pills at the Pureser's desk when you ask for them.....
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You want rocky! Our first cruise 2003 (selected for the ports of call) was on the grand old Jubilee (second last voyage for Carnival). Now that was rocky. Our T/A set us up with a great stateroom (right up front and next to the anchor engines).

Dinner was a blast as the floor beneath you had a soothing tremor to go along with the vibration and noise of the engines. We only took those pills from the Purser one night.

What a memorable blast! Enjoy your cruise. And don't forget if anything happens.....it's not your ship.
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On our last cruise March 2006, we had a storm roll in the second to the last night that was pretty rocky. But even my daughter that gets motion sickness riding in a car was okay with it. She just took a dramamine and was fine. They even put bags up at all the elevators. We still had a wonderful time.

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We just returned to Galveston today from a 5-day on RCL Splendour to Cozumel, etc. The cabin TV program on ship information was showing we were in a "strong gale" with winds over 40 knots. We were heading back to Galveston on a NNW heading and the winds were quartering us from the NE. The TV also said that waves were 6 - 9 meters, although I do not believe that. (I worked in the Gulf of Mexico for 15 years and they looked to me like 20 ft. max.) Still, it was very rough with the winds being about the same as a small tropical storm. Lots of no-shows at the public venues and dinner. A bit of rocking and you had to walk carefully, but overall no big deal.
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Just got done with a cruise on the fantasy and it was very rocky. The sea had large swells and pretty high winds. It was the first cruise that I really noticed it on but it didnt make us sick. The atrium had large banners and they were all swaying quite a bit from of the movement.
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o.k. so will the winds be stonger in Febrary then say June, This is one of my fears with this being my first winter cruise, and I have not been able to get to excited about this one yet . I am going out of Miami, which is a plus to Eastern C. but they must have some form of a winter also.
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Gail,
It was 85 yesterday, and the daily forecast is to be in the mid 80's all week in St. Thomas. :o They had a chilly 75 for a low last night. They do have winter's there, but its nothing like ours here in the states. What ship are you going on ? If your going on the Valor, thats a great ship Your going to have a ball.
You never know about this time of the year. So many H's and L's coming across and down. You could have near calm seas when you go. Or it could be like mr jimmy's cruise. You just never know. However, if your on the bigger ships, ( Valor, Conquest & ect. ) the ride is smooth'er. The stabilizers do help alot. No need to worry, you'll be just fine Make sure you pak some non-drowsey dramamine. Just in case.
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Try to get a cabin in the very front (bow).... Talk about Rock n Roll!!
We had a front cabin on the Conquest & felt like we were hitting trees stumps in the cabin..... But on the other hand we had a front cabin on the Celebration (a row boat compared to the Conquest) & we had smooooooth seas with no movement in the cabin..... Just determine to have a great time no matter what kind of weather you get...
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I have been on 16 Carnival cruises and have never felt the motion as we did on the Glory this past Friday evening, returning to Port Canaveral from Nassau. Didn't bother us really, but it was pretty rough.
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Sorry, don't mean to alarm anyone. In fact, rarely ever do we have any issue with rockiness, etc. However, we were also on the Glory in 2003. An employee did say that the Glory is rockier than ships she had been on, but I did not buy it because I don't see how the NEW ships can be any different - the stabilizers used these days are now pretty much standard. But in any case, we did notice the Glory is a little more "rocky" than any other ship we've been on. I have also heard that it is rockier coming from the Bahamas than other parts of the caribbean - again, not sure if that's just folklore. The boats motion, however rocky, has never put a damper on any trip.
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When you sail "Eastern" it's usually a bit rocky the first night out, and the last night when returning to port. They say that's because you're crossing the Gulf Stream, and it's always a bit rougher there. We've been on many, many cruises, and the lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) is prone to motion sickness, but we have never had a problem. She takes a bonine every day, whether she thinks she'll need it or not, and we have no trouble at all. I personally love the motion of the ship. Just like rocking me to sleep at night!
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On our first cruise, we had one rough day at sea. Now this being my first cruise my nerves were shot to crap. Our wait staff in the dinning room kept reassuring me there were no iceburgs..ha ha very funny I thought! But that was more nerves and it was only one night for about 4 hours maybe. I did go to the pursers desk and take the pill. Later I was in watching the shows and having a blast!
Our last cruise a cold front moved in the day we set sail and boy was it rough then. Had my kids with us this time, my daughter and I took the pill and we felt great about 20 mins later. We stayed mid ship and ate the little fishies that they served at the bar. Our cabin was also midship and on the main deck. less motion there.
That was the only time it felt rocky, once in a while you might feel a slight motion but only if you were paying attention to it I guess. We will be heading out on the Glory in a month for 2 weeks. Trust me you will have fun get involved, relax and enjoy your vacation. You hear different things every time someone gets off the ship, some have fantastic weather and others not so great. Mother Nature needs to take a cruise sometime so that the weather would be great!!
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I was amazed that the Vegas show (Conquest) would go on like we were in calm seas yet we kept banging into the hallway wall getting to the show.... How can the dancers do the show & keep their balance??...
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Just returned from Grand Cayman and cozumel and do have to say 1 out of 5 nights wasnt so bad. We had either rough sea's or could have been the fact we were cruising in circles that last 24 hours. Take a compass and watch it. Didnt purposly pack it but was on keychain. We had more laughs on our last day at sea with it and yes it was windy and rocky that last day. Just keep meclazine handy or get it from pursors desk. Carnival will give you free deck of cards, postcards, pens or anything within reason that you ask for.

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Oh Yeah. It is amazing how the whole crew stays stable and walks correctly sometimes with all that happening. Guess they have sea legs.
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We had one bumby night on our cruise to the Bahamas out of Port Canaveral in November. We had trouble walking, it was funny to us. Didn't bother either one of us other than the walking. We went to the show in the Makata Lounge that night and you could really feel the ship moving, up and down, sideways. It calmed down after a while and was great the rest of the trip. We just laughed about it.
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That is the right attitude. On the Conquest last Christmas, we were swaying so much, that people started carrying pillows around with them. As you walked down the hall, you put the pillow on your side, and then put it on the other, because you knew you were going that way again.

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If you drink enough your drunk staggering will cancel out the ships motion and you will technically be sober.
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o.k. I should not ask but I have to..........
What are the chances that the ships are top heavy and tip over with all this wind., I am not afraid of being sick as much as this scares me. I do not have a fear at all of it sinking as much as tipping over.
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o.k. I should not ask but I have to..........
What are the chances that the ships are top heavy and tip over with all this wind., I am not afraid of being sick as much as this scares me. I do not have a fear at all of it sinking as much as tipping over.
If this is whats worring you, you can forget that ! It would take one H-- of a wave or wind gust to capsize a ship !
Just relax and enjoy yourself Your on the perfect vacation , so relax and enjoy
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o.k. I should not ask but I have to..........
What are the chances that the ships are top heavy and tip over with all this wind., I am not afraid of being sick as much as this scares me. I do not have a fear at all of it sinking as much as tipping over.
Just watch Posiedon?

If any wave big enough to knock a ship over came, a near statistical impossiblity in the caribbean, the ship would be more likely to sink than float upside down. Also remember waves at sea are not often "cresting". The ship would likely just rise with the ocean.

Also this improbable cresting wave would have to hit the ship directly broadside, also a near improbability due to the early warning systems. A wave that big takes time and distance to form. The ship would most likely have time to make it to port.

You would also be surprised to know how much weight is in the bottom of the ships compared to the top. The top looks impressive but they cant compare in weight to the hull, huge diesel engines, generators, water treatment equipment, ballast, etc. The tops are empty areas compared to the hull. Think about how open the casino, lido, and other main decks and "nice" rooms are compared to even the lower passenger levels. Now imagine that the crew and service decks further down are even more tightly packed.
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o.k. I should not ask but I have to..........
What are the chances that the ships are top heavy and tip over with all this wind., I am not afraid of being sick as much as this scares me. I do not have a fear at all of it sinking as much as tipping over.
Hi Gail,

As the other's have said, this is almost impossible (nothing is impossible!)! When the ships are built they're put through every possible emergency scenario. While you or I would be terrified by these "tests", the Captain's and staff don't worry about them at all!

IMO, this is something you shouldn't worry about at all either,
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Thanks Everyone !!!!!!!!!!

I thought I would receive some nasty comments, and I did not, I do feel better now, and I will write a huge review when I come home . I know a lot of you are asking why am I going this time of year, my husband has asked me to do this for twenty two years, and I always find a reason why I could not, this year my exuses ran out HE won.
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Yes, he won, but you did to. There's no vacation on earth like a cruise. No matter what time of year you go.
Relax and enjoy yourself. And yes, tell us about it when you return. If you have anymore questions or doubts, just ask.

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Gail, Gail, Gail...such silly questions.

You are going to have a great time! Quit worrying!

You will see that you are going to be HOOKED after this cruise.

Can't wait to see your review telling how much you can't wait to book your next voyage.

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On the first 2 days at sea the boat was very rocky. On the 3 day it calmed down a little but for the most part, you didn't need to drink to feel drunk on this cruise. Neither me or Scott, my hubby, got seasick, I loved it. In fact, when we returned home I had a hard time going to sleep without the rocking!!!
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You wanna hear something funny. I laugh at my husband for this but , he lasts an hour or two on the ship when we first board and he gets a little sea sick. Not bad really just he needs to lay down and sleep for an hour or two. It has happened on both of our cruises we have taken. That is why I like to board really early so he can sleep then by the time he wakes we can sail away up on deck instead of in our room lol!!
Your worries remind me of myself, I thought the same thing when I left on our first cruise, I watch too much tv that is why I worry about everything.
You will have fun, talk to the staff about the waves and stuff even they will reassure you that you are safe and in good hands!!!
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ChrisM, I was also on the same cruise you were and that was a rocky ride from Nassau to Port Canaveral, although I had nothing to compare to since it was my first cruise. I felt the ship moving a lot more during the cruise than I thought I would but never got seasick and I was prone to motion sickness as a child. I did not take any pills or patches and didnt need them. Wierd, when I felt like the movement bothered me, we ate again and I felt better!!! And that sea legs thing is definitely not a myth. I still felt like I things were moving underneath me at the Orlando airport!
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