Watch: Cruise from hell sailed right through "bomb cyclone" despite storm forecast


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/09/watch-cruise-from-hell-sailed.html


#2

I didn’t need another reason to avoid cruise ship vacations, but thanks.


#3

I don’t get it. Seems like a nice day to sit out on the deck chairs.


#4

Why are they leaking water below deck? Don’t they tote the barges and batten down the hatches on that ship?


#5

I may be weird, but that looks like a whole lot more memorable than shuffleboard and an evening in the casino.


#6

Yeah, I’m the same way. Things like that, that are scary or inconvenient maybe at the time, make for cooler memories. There are a lot more opportunities to regale people with your “Then we plunged into the Bomb Cyclone of '18 and Survived!” story than with your “We visited the placid Bahamas with 4000 other people, hitting all of the usual spots, like your parents did for their anniversary a couple years back” story.


#7

My virtual granddad always said, “Adventures are never fun while you’re having them.”

(And boy, did he have some great adventure stories!)


#8

I’m impressed that a ship with that much surface exposed to the wind rolls as little as it did in those conditions.
Still wouldn’t want to be there.


#9

Shoddy construction techniques?


#10

Same here. I went to Australia for 6 weeks with my college roomie the summer before we graduated. We encountered tropical storms, food poisoning and lost luggage, along with making some excellent friends and spectacular memories. As we trudged up the hill from the hostel to the bus station for our first trip leg, taking turns carrying our overstuffed bags (before the invention of the wheelie), we told each other “We don’t know it now, but we’re having fun.”


#11

Your comment made me think of how some ships have been “expanded” in a way that would make me avoid sailing on them…


Massive cruise ship sliced in half to embiggen it
#12

I would totally put up with wet carpets to see those waves and that wind up so close (in between puking my guts up: I can cope with rough seas as long as I’m on deck, but inside I rapidly get sick).

The problem seems to be insufficiently weatherproof doors leading to the deck more than anything. Everything else – a swinging sign! a door mysteriously opening by itself! an app showing a whole 10 degrees of heel! – looks pretty lame. Most sailing yachts – teeny tiny things (by comparison) that this storm would crumple like a coke can – are designed to sail best at 20 degrees of heel or more.

ETA: “crumple like a coke can” is probably an exaggeration. One of the worst sailing disasters of modern times was the Fastnet Race of 1979, when the pack sailed straight into a Force 10 (or higher) storm between Cornwall and Ireland. 18 people died, 77 yachts were flipped upside-down, 19 were abandoned, five sank outright, and the entire Irish Navy was deployed in a rescue operation that pulled over a hundred people from the water. But not one of the yachts that decided to ride out the storm by heaving to (essentially “parking” the yacht by setting its two sails in contradictory directions) capsized or suffered serious damage.


#13

To each his/her own. I prefer my adventures without feeling like I’m going to die. That’s why I stopped flying. The video makes me glad all of my prior cruise ship captains managed to avoid storms, instead of going right through them.


#14

I have an idea. Let’s make a passenger ship that can’t be made watertight.


#15

It was always footage of the one location. Would not be surprised if it was just the contents of the pool sloshing around. Some garden furniture blowing around is one thing, https://youtu.be/VchsHhPIx_s


#16

I don’t even know what that means and I’d STILL want them to do it.

:slight_smile:


#17

I’ve been through a few nasty (hurricane force) storms in much smaller fishing and sailing boats, and I don’t recommend it. The adventure side of it is significantly diminished after a few years, and a few fatalities.

Somehow I thought I’d prefer working in an office, which ended up being a shift from ‘fear of death’ to living death.


#18

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#19

The captain should be stripped of his title and face an inquest for putting the passengers in danger. It’s one thing to get bushwacked by a rapidly changing storm and another to sail into it out of sheer bloody mindedness


#20

I know I’m writing this from the comfort of my warm armchair, in my safe and not-rocking house… but that kinda looked like fun.