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Old April 13th, 2007, 01:20 AM
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Hello All, I realize this is subjective, but my wife and I are considering our first Caribbien cruise after several Baja cruises. I would like to know if there is a good chance of seeing lightning at night in the distance?
Meaning: does the ship try to get as far away as possible from storms or just far enough away as not to be affected?
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T - usually at night the ship will try and maneuver around the storms but if you have a balcony cabin, there is always a good chance of catching some lightning in the distance on many nights. I loved to sit out on the balcony and just watch the storms in the distance with a glass of wine, winding down after a busy day and just chilling out!
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I have never seen lightning while at sea.
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On our last cruise, we were treated to a wonderful "light" show in the distance. I believe the Captain would also avoid being right in the middle of a storm if he could avoid it.
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Yes, it is a very good possibility. Beautiful sight, but strange because most likely you will not be close enough to hear it.
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lightning on the water is an amazing sight to behold. You will be far enough away to see it but not be in it. The captain will always take his ship out of harms way if at all possible. Its not just the flash you will see but the actual bolts of lightning
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I also love watching lightning across the water, but have never seen it while on a cruise. Did manage to (accidentally) plan one cruise in conjunction with a huge meteor shower! Now that was cool!
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WE were attending the Lido deck party last year on the Conquest. The light show, was so spectacular that most stopped dancing just to watch the lightning in the distance.
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Thanks all, Hopefully we will get lucky.

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Hello All, I realize this is subjective, but my wife and I are considering our first Caribbien cruise after several Baja cruises. I would like to know if there is a good chance of seeing lightning at night in the distance?
Meaning: does the ship try to get as far away as possible from storms or just far enough away as not to be affected?
It depends upon the storm. The reality is that ships get far enough away from storms to avoid being affected by rough seas whenever it's possible to do so. Nonetheless, neither rain nor lightening are any big deal for a cruise ship. The ship's construction is entirely metal (a conductor), so the ship essentially forms a ligntening cage in the same manner as an automobile or a metal railroad car. That is, the ship will conduct the electrical current around the passengers who are onboard. The ship's masts, also being metal, additionally act as lighening rods.

That said, it's a good precaution to "lay below" (go inside the ship) while your ship is going through a lightening storm. There could be some wierd aspect from which a lightening bolt would strike a passenger standing on any of the weather decks rather than the ship herself.

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For a close up view,one can go to the highest point on the ship,hold up a copper rod and get a jolt!
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Use to the highest point was the funnel deck right?Back then you could do all that plus take your top off.
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