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Old November 5th, 2007, 05:42 PM
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I've been on 5 other cruises out of Florida and Los Angeles at different times of the year and I've never experienced such rough waters as sailing out of Galveston last week. Is it like this year round here, or just during certain times of the year? We were on Carnival Ecstasy (not that impressed) - is it any better on the Conquest? Thanks!
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We have sailed out of Galveston 5 times and have never experienced rough seas. I do not recall the weather last weekend.

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Maybe a month or 2 makes a difference..In September on the Conquest, it was smooth sailing.
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Ecstasy in January and Conquest in September...no problems! You might have just gotten "lucky"!
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The Conquest in June this year was smooth as ice.
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Perhaps there was a cold front coming through. The water comes in from the south and if a front from the north is blowing through, it creates choppy seas.
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I have been told that the waters in the gulf are a bit rougher than say going out to the Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale. Alaska for instance, there is land very close on both sides so the waters are calmer. Ft Lauderdale, the Bahamas are only 70 miles away. Out of Galveston, once you get out in open waters, land is further away so the waters can get rougher on average.

During the fall you take your chances anyway, we had a rough passage last year Halloween on the Ecstasy. They said the roughest in 6 months.

So, from what the crew has said yes, it is a bit rougher because land is not close and add in falls storms, you can have some big swells.
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Thanks, everyone! I think we'll avoid fall sailings out of Galveston in the future, just to be safe.
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Thanks, everyone! I think we'll avoid fall sailings out of Galveston in the future, just to be safe.
thats pretty extreme dont you think? I mean if you dont want to sail out of galveston its not skin off my back, but just because youhad one bumpy ride out of a port doesnt mean you wont have a bumpy ride in June, or March, Or Dec......

Weather happens.

how long was it a bumpy ride...was it so crazy that you didnt pass thru it fairly quickly? We did have a rather sharp cold front come in this week...sunday or monday. It was probably that.
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i'm not sure why you think it's so extreme. we have 12 months out of the year to choose to sail - why not choose a time with better odds of better weather? makes sense to me. people were vomiting for the first 1 1/2 days - not a fun start to any vacation.

i'm not sure why people want to be so critical on these boards. honestly, we're talking vacations here! and this wasn't even a subject worthy of debate, sheesh. but i guess people will find anything to debate about.
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Thanks, everyone! I think we'll avoid fall sailings out of Galveston in the future, just to be safe.
thats pretty extreme dont you think? I mean if you dont want to sail out of galveston its not skin off my back, but just because youhad one bumpy ride out of a port doesnt mean you wont have a bumpy ride in June, or March, Or Dec......

Weather happens.

how long was it a bumpy ride...was it so crazy that you didnt pass thru it fairly quickly? We did have a rather sharp cold front come in this week...sunday or monday. It was probably that.
I echo those thoughts. Gosh, blowing off a port because of an act of nature that could happen anywhere else in the entire globe.
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who's blowing off a port? and why do people take these things so personally? it's not like everyone has to have the same preferences for when, where and how they cruise. i just don't get it. it's like people choosing not to go on a cruise during spring break when there's a higher chance of youth on board. you don't hear any youth getting offended because you're avoiding them. although i know that example is not a random act of nature, hurricane season is called hurricane season for a reason. just let some people have their own preferences without criticizing them, and be happy that you choose to sail whenever you choose.
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Thanks, everyone! I think we'll avoid fall sailings out of Galveston in the future, just to be safe.
I think this is your post and you state you will avoid leaviing out of Galveston. I think that qualifies as blowing off a port. I take it personally because I live in the area and I am PROUD of my part of the country and get kinda riled when someone speaks ill of my home just as I am certain you would.
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please note that i said "fall sailings out of Galveston" not all sailings (which is what you probably thought I meant).

i understand you're a texan and all (as am I!) but let's face it, galveston is not the most aesthetically pleasing port/beach, and the weather is not as nice as los angeles or miami. but that's not what i was even talking about anyway. you just can't change the fact that there can be rougher waters in the gulf. that being said, i'll still be sailing out of galveston, but i'll choose my months differently next time.
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Well I have sailed out of Galveston 3 times (May, June, & Jan) and have NEVER experienced rough seas. Weather happens, very possibly could happen in LA or Miami.........
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I agree. I was glad to hear that we just happened to hit a rough patch because of the weather this time of year, and it's not always like that out of Galveston.
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I believe we were on the same cruise (Oct 29 through Nov 3 on the Ecstasy). It was a bumpy ride Monday night into tuesday because of storms. And the captain did miss his party to guide us through safer areas. There was lots of wind and the boat swayed alot, but by Wed or Thursday it was smooth. This was my very first cruise and even though I felt a little nausea Tuesday, I thought it was a great cruise. I'm sure its not like this all the time and am willing to try again!! (Hehe, note the enthusiasm to try again and again!!) I took one Dramamine a day and Prayed not to get sick!! My friend who came with us is expecting and her doctor gave her sea patches which worked better than Dramamine, she never felt sick! My suggestion: always bring something for seasickness and have fun!
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Yes, we were on that cruise. Fortunately I don't get seasick, but my poor husband was vomiting all day on Tuesday. He tried the infirmary but nothing worked for him except not eating all day - which is not fun on a cruise, haha! But you could tell that morning that no one was happy. The crew had some advice, but in general they pretty much said there's nothing to do but keep moving and not think about it.

Next time we're going to do a 7 nighter instead of the 5 nights. Didn't you feel you could use a couple more days of cruising? We sure did! Glad you had a great time - cruising is always fun. Oh, and if that was your first cruise, I promise that other cruises are even much better than that one (in terms of service, food, etc.). I think we're going to try the Conquest next time.
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Back in March of this year, we were on the Ecstasy and it was rough around Cozumel because of an early tropical storm. Just one of those rare chances.
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I definitely thought more days would be great! My husband, however, was ready to go home by Thursday. He still had a good time, but was disappointed. I think he had his expectations set too high. We were unimpressed by the food, and the entertainment was mediocre. And then with the ship swaying so much, didn't help. Other people were saying the Conquest would be better. However this was an experience so different from any other normal vacation! It was so cool!! Even with the rough water. I am glad I took a cruise on a smaller ship (as everyone has been telling me) for a first cruise. This was also my first time to visit a foreign country. Woohoo!!
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We sailed the Ecstasy last June and it was as smooth as glass. However, we usually sail in the winter and it does get rough when a front comes through as did last week. We sail this weekend and it will probably be bumpy but we don't care. We love the Ecstasy and especially being able to drive to our port.
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Well I have sailed out of Galveston 3 times (May, June, & Jan) and have NEVER experienced rough seas. Weather happens, very possibly could happen in LA or Miami.........
I must just be unlucky. You'all remember that freaky snow that hit the night before Easter this year??? I drove to Galveston from Dallas and drove thru snow for about an hour just north of Houston. I couldnt believe it, Easter and snow on the ground on the way to my cruise.

Well, I can tell you our sail away party was pretty durn cold. It was also still cold when we got back to Galveston. I was on the Rhapsody of the Seas, not a Carnival ship, but still Galveston. The price was really cheap so Im sure not complaining.

Iv been on several cruises where folks from other states say they were never cruising out of Galveston again. hahahhahaha. Well, living in Texas I will, no matter what the weather is.
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It's not so much that its bumpy out of Galveston, it has nothing to do with Galveston at all actually.

It's what happening in the Caribbean or the Gulf of Mexico. If there are any storms, the waves push out and all areas are affected. There was probably something brewing hundreds of miles away & you feel the affects.

Think of it in this term, toss a rock in the water...the biggest splash is where it landed right? But as you watch...the ripples continue outwards. Same thing on the open ocean.

I'm in Connecticut, when that Tropical storm a week ago was still down by the Florida area, we saw the waves already up here......over 1,000 miles away!

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