Frightening footage from inside Viking cruise ship tossed by rough seas

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/03/25/frightening-footage-from-insid.html

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It may be a luxury cruise ship, but first, it’s a ship at sea. You’d think they’d have better procedures to lock down everything that could shift during heavy seas.

(I’m guessing that a lot of the “crew” are really hotel staff from the cheap places.)

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Indeed. Even if not, i’d have thought moving passengers out of wide open areas with free-standing furniture might be a sensible idea too…

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The grand piano is secured to the floor, but not the giant planter full of tons of dirt and plants? Bit of an oversight there?

The helicopter rescue crew zipped those passengers up that cable faster than I expected. Impressive.

At least it was a relatively small cruise ship with “only” 1300 people on board. Not like the behemoths heading to the Bahamas and Caribbean with 5000+.

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I’m assuming failure of engines or stabilisation systems, 26 foot waves would be sea state 7 which is not uncommon in the north Atlantic.

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That’s usually not a problem; even with heavy seas, stabilizers usually keep the ship fairly steady, and this particular ship runs this route regularly without issue. It’s a little unclear why they failed along with the engines.

Bizarrely, my parents are scheduled to be on this exact ship in three weeks, leaving Stockholm.

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But see, if the passengers stand up, there’ll be even more free standing furniture to fly around.

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less frightening and more “no duh”. What do you expect to happen when you’re on a cruise ship and bad weather hits.

Was there ever an episode of Love Boat that featured rough waters?

I don’t get the appeal of going on a cruise at all. Actually I don’t get the idea of going to stay at an all inclusive resort of any kind (I want to see the world and unique places and the hotel is the least interesting part of that) but dang with a cruise you get the added benefit of this sort of thing. No thanks.

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Putting propellers on a hotel was a bad idea.

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With the engines out, I guess their generators weren’t up to keeping the active stabilization going.

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Nothing says “Piano rolling around cruise ship during storm at sea” like this scene from The Legend of 1900 starring Tim Roth and Pruitt Taylor Vince:

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Money, investigation over.

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If only life were like the movies:

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My attention was drawn to the big wall of windows, with the risk of the furniture causing broken/flying glass to be an even worse problem.

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I once chatted with the entertainers on a cruise. They had arrived after flying in from cruises that ran between Pacific Ocean ports. My trip across the Atlantic had reports of waves ranked at 2 or 3 every day, while theirs had nothing but 7 and 8. They said it was the worst experience of their careers.

Since I stopped flying, I used to plan cruises based on when it seemed safer to cross certain bodies of water. Due to climate change, beliefs that there are predictable seasons for bad weather have gone out the window. Now I check company safety records, hope for the best, and plan for the worst.

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I appreciated the fact the piano was bolted to the floor. Can you imagine what it would have added to the experience? “Play me off, Johnny!”

If they only airlifted 470 out, what became of the rest? Did they just ride it out?

Perhaps the cruise line didn’t spring for the optional safety upgrade package?

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A few more of these events and the mucky mucks might start caring about climate change.

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I imagine that design and layout of these ships involves knife fights between designers who understand nautical safety and the ones who think it’s a ■■■■■ Vegas casino, ties decided by the money guys.

The safety designers hopefully won the “glass” fight.

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In this case, the movie that came to mind was 2012:

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