Interesting post. er uh, complaint, or was it a rant? After all the similar responses above there is still no further comment by the OP. I wonder why? Let's unpack it:
Q-1 Does anyone know who I would report bad seamanship from a cruise ship
A Don't end sentences in prepositions. Aside from that, any sailor should figure that out for himself or herself and the answer aint the IRS, the dog pound or the Ministry of Health
. One might also try with Carnival Cruise
Lines? But aside from that, who committed the supposed "bad seamanship" here? Was it the ship's captain
or the OP?
Q-2 Sailing this week off the coast of Culebra
I was on a collision
course with the ship Carnival Valor. When I hailed him on the radio
his response was he had to follow the contour to avoid shallow water
A What kind of boat were you on? Presumably a much smaller and much slower boat-yes? That portion has already been answered above. I think the ship's officer was just being polite when he could have spoken to you much more directly--and forcefully.
Q-3 The depths were 80-100 ft.! He was full of it and just plain lazy. But that is awful seamanship.
A-3 Someone was full of it and just plain lazy to be sure. But was it the ship's captain
with an unlimited mariner's license
piloting a 1000 foot long ship at 20 knots with a few thousand passengers or the private owner of a small recreational boat? Yes it was awful seamanship but not on the part of the ship's officer...who by the way, would divert course to save you if your boat was sinking!
Q-4 Where should I report this to, does anyone know? Thanks
A-4 If I were you, I would have just kept it quiet. Who needs the embarrassment? But perhaps you can chalk this up to a learning
And finally two items. One--this is not about right of way, it is about conduct of vessels within sight of each other and each has responsibilities with one being stand-by and the other being stand-on. And notwithstanding the many excellent responses before this one, the ship was not likely restricted in its ability to maneuver, at least from the legal
definition unless it had mechanical problems or was towing or dredging or the like. Was it displaying a day shape as such? Was this post a joke or what? Keep clear of big ships!....