Originally Posted by SaltyMonkey
Wow mark QE2?? You have to wonder what the point of the life vests were. If a ship that size cannot make it, how in hell are little squrrel-meat passengers gonna survive?
I've the same thoughts. In my imagination the life vests could serve to protect the chest from blows such as rolling off the bed
and in possible future evacuation after the ship is possibly incapacitated and the storm has let off. Regardless, it never stopped my Dad from going on many other ocean cruises.
The worse storm I experienced was on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship from England
, a maiden voyage for this ship for paying passengers. The fore-casted storm was under-rated, and turned into a hurricane
a couple days out. Fortunately, the waves were head-on, causing spray to rise above the 14th deck
, creating pitching but not rolling. Also, our cabin
was on a very low deck and mid-ship. As far as damage, all we saw were broken ceramic figurines in the gift store and some chipping of the upper ends of columns in the main dining room. ... During the storm at the top-deck-forward lounge, we had to wait some time for any service
. When the "bar maid" appeared, I asked where all the crew was. The answer: "recovering from the sickness." ... Later, watching the spray rain down on the forward windows of the lounge, I spoke with a fellow passenger. I asked if he had been in such a storm. He said he was on an NCL cruise ship in the west-central part of the Atlantic when a rogue wave
broke into the forward cabins. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable experience for me, avoiding the sickness and seeing the tops of waves being cut down by the wind
. ... Still, maybe I won't expand beyond gunk holing in protected waters in my itsy-bitsy boat.