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Old July 31st, 2008, 03:37 PM
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We just had one of these over NZ this week.

Basically since we are a small country surrounded by water we got HUGE amounts of rain all over the country.

Lots of slips, flooding and high winds etc etc.

The Pacific Sun of P&O Australia (the ex Carnival Jubilee) was 600 Km's north of Auckland and hit by this weather with 7 meter waves which caused it to roll heavily.

Apparently 53 passengers were injured with 7 of them considered "serious".

It is due back in Auckland this afternoon (late).
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Old July 31st, 2008, 04:52 PM
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Liam--It beats me why passengers, knowly that we have rough seas, to sit down and hold on. Normally the roughness only last for a short period of time, I said Normally. If they are in bed --stay there.

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It will be interesting to see if the ship sustained any damage. I hope none of the serious injuries were serious enough to cause a fatality.

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I honestly believe because so many people cruise the Caribbean and the Mediterranean that the majority don't really understand the power of the really open seas. While the North Atlantic has huge storms in the winter, I think that probably the Pacific may well, overall, be the more violent of the two. In any event I'll leave the definitive answer to that question to those of you who are or have been, professional seamen.

Irrespective of the decision, those smooth waters and sunny skies depicted in the brochures can surely change in a big hurry. That nut will be a very difficult one to crack. But, have faith, there may come a day when even category five hurricanes won't disrupt cruising. I can see the headlines now, "Richard Fain the Fourth introduces the Oasis of the Depths, Royal Caribbean's new 200,000 ton submarine!" Hey, there ain't usually any huge waves four hundred feet beneath the surface, are there?

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http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/1318360/1965392

Here is a link to the latest news.

Apparently one passenger also lost part of a finger during the incident and another described being flung across the deck three times on her stomach?
Pretty hairy by the sounds of it but the crew apparently did their job really well?
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Yes, the lost finger thing is common in bad weather. You know how those stateroom doors can really slam shut when they're released from their holdbacks. If the motion of the ocean does the dislodging, and your finger is in the wrong place, it's chop city. It happened to a passenger on our very rough crossing of the Atlantic on Oceania last year. Plus two people died during the high seas. Apparently one of them had nothing to do with the weather. The other was a heart attack. I personally saw a follow spot fall over and miss a woman by inches just a minute before the start of a lecture on the Bermuda Triangle (honest!).

The ship was in a shambles, with major furnishings, like marble tables, cracked in half, and of course, all shop merchandise and liquor bottles on the floor. Depending on what you call "rough," the siege lasted between 24 and 36 hours.

I agree that those who only do Caribbean floats generally have no idea about the power of the seas. But we still love crossings.
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For those that haven't seen the damage here is a link to one of our TV news video's.

(you may have to suffer from an advert at the beginning)

http://tvnz.co.nz/view/video_popup_windows_skin/1972990
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I just saw some good "different" video on CNN during the world weather section.
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Thanks LiamB for the link to your New Zealand TV news. The footage was really something.

I think it worth noting (as this issue will of course be addressed on anti-cruise websites) that the reporter stated that of those interviewed that even had injuries, the overwhelming majority would still cruise the ship and that itinerary again! It seems all those interviewed took the attitude that other than with the exception of that episode, they had a grand time!

As a matter of fact, I read elsewhere where one couple was immediately reboarding for the next cruise!

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Thanks Liam for sharing that. I also would look at it as an adventure, but not much you can do with slot machines falling on you.

AR we were once on the Conquest and hit bad weather. Wanted to stay in bed, but they didn't have any darn bed belts.
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Todd,

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I honestly believe because so many people cruise the Caribbean and the Mediterranean that the majority don't really understand the power of the really open seas. While the North Atlantic has huge storms in the winter, I think that probably the Pacific may well, overall, be the more violent of the two. In any event I'll leave the definitive answer to that question to those of you who are or have been, professional seamen.
A hurricane is a hurricane, no matter how you slice and dice it. In the Western Pacific, they are customarily called typhoons -- but a rose by another name is still a rose. And in any case, cruise ships do everything in their power to avoid them.

The North Atlantic is known to be very rough all winter and not nearly as bad in the summer. The cruises to Bermuda are reputed to be the roughest overall of any major cruise destination.

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