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Old November 2nd, 2006, 11:07 PM
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Thanks, Electricron. What's the highest waves you guys have cruised through? Our highest was 28 ft. on Sun cruise last Dec. I got a little seasick on that one. Before that the record was 22 ft.
Mine was 20 ft, NCL spirit 10/28/06, winds 70 knots. Gift shop lost alot of inventory (Lladro) I knida thought it was interesting. Not scared or sick.
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Mine was 20 ft, NCL spirit 10/28/06, winds 70 knots. Gift shop lost alot of inventory (Lladro) I knida thought it was interesting. Not scared or sick.
Only got really seasick once. Sometimes get dizzy though. Do enjoy the waves if it's not too bad. Like your name. We still laugh at how much I brought on that first cruise! Many, many pairs of shoes, lots of clothes we never wore. Pack less & less each cruise!
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Mine was 20 ft, NCL spirit 10/28/06, winds 70 knots. Gift shop lost alot of inventory (Lladro) I knida thought it was interesting. Not scared or sick.
Only my second cruise - my husband was sick and I was SCARED. Thank goodness, for my seabands; they really do work! Thought the captain could have given some words of encouragement and let us know what was going on.... And, they could have let passengers know that motion sickness pills were being given out in the reception area.

Anyway, the cruise was great. Happy with it all - food, service, entertainment, cabin. Just glad I lived to tell my friends what a great time we had.
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My biggest wave was in 1991 on a container vessel just off the coast of New Zealand. The wind was Beaufort 11-12 straight at the bow and wave heights reached about 18 meters (about 59 feet). This lasted about 48 hours, very tiring!

My biggest wave on a cruise ship was on 1993 on the ss Rotterdam, on our way to Acapulco, roughly 12 meters (39 feet).

From experience I can say a cargo ship is much better prepared then a cruise ship as the damage on the Rotterdam was substantial (shops, kitchen, casino etc.) whereas on the cargo ship the damage was zero (other than lost time).
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Welcome, Engineer!

It's interesting to see such an informative first post. I assume you are familiar with the board's search feature, since the previous post in this thread occurred over a year ago!

Are you an engineer on a freighter, by chance?
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The roughest seas I have ever cruised were a year ago on Costa Magica from FLL to Bermuda. Skies were clear but wind gusts got up to 105 (not sure if that was knots or mph but it was pretty rough). I did not get sick because I take dramamine throughout all my cruises, but when the elevator cables were banging and candlesticks were swaying, things got a little unsettling. I remember the captain saying the seas were 20 feet but things would be calmer with only 18 foot swells "tomorrow." He got a few groans from that comment. But the cruise was otherwise very nice and Bermuda was so worth it. I would do it again, high seas and all.
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Welcome, Engineer!

It's interesting to see such an informative first post. I assume you are familiar with the board's search feature, since the previous post in this thread occurred over a year ago!

Are you an engineer on a freighter, by chance?

I used to be an engineer and deck officer on container ships in the 90's. Later I worked 7 years as an engineer on cruise ships (HAL).
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Our first cruise was on the Norway in '97, when we left Miami it was a bit rocky. By the evening there were 20' - 25' waves. The ship was really rocking and rolling at that point. There were people seriously green around the gills that night. The funniest thing was that the captain made annoucement saying that "ladies must not wear high heels, please put on 'sensible' shoes"! Hardly anyone could stand, thank goodness for handrails. I just took off my spiked heels and walked barefoot. I love roller coasters so I thought it was great!

The next day, the captain made another annoucement, he said that if we had been on a different type of ship, like a much newer cruise ship, it would have been a much rougher ride. I will let those knowledgable about ships tell us why the old Norway was a smoother ride.

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We were in over 40 feet on the Dawn when Hurricane Ivan made a loop around when everyone thought she was gone. The waves were hitting us on deck 7. It wasn't that bad. I too think the Dawn did very well.
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We sailed through the "Tax-Day Nor'easter" this April on the NCL Spirit. Read our experience here: http://www.cruisecritic.com/memberre...?EntryID=28232

Despite what we read on the monitor the next day (of 60 knot winds and 20-30' seas), we heard subsequently to the publishing of this review that the captain reported that we had actually sailed thru 40' foot seas and 100mph winds that night.
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Our first cruise was on the Norway in '97, when we left Miami it was a bit rocky. By the evening there were 20' - 25' waves. The ship was really rocking and rolling at that point. There were people seriously green around the gills that night. The funniest thing was that the captain made annoucement saying that "ladies must not wear high heels, please put on 'sensible' shoes"! Hardly anyone could stand, thank goodness for handrails. I just took off my spiked heels and walked barefoot. I love roller coasters so I thought it was great!

The next day, the captain made another annoucement, he said that if we had been on a different type of ship, like a much newer cruise ship, it would have been a much rougher ride. I will let those knowledgable about ships tell us why the old Norway was a smoother ride.

...because you were on a REAL ship! The Norway was legendary, and it breaks my heart to see her lying on a beach in India being scrapped for her metal.

The Norway was a true oceanliner with a much deeper draft (the amount of the hull that is under the water - her depth) than the modern cruise ships which is why she had to tender her guests at most ports where others didn't. She simply could not get to the docks on most islands. The Norway was heavy, deep in the keel (she actually had a keel!), and had a bow shape that allowed her to pierce the waves more smoothly - all of these features provided more stability than the modern ships which pretty much floated on top of the water. The Norway cut through the water. She was also narrow by modern standards which gave her an additional advantage in rought waters. She became a little top heavy after the two upper decks were added back in the late 80s, I think it was - not sure on that date. She was much more tippy after the upper deck addition. The modern ships were and still are fairly flat bottomed beyond the bow as compared to the Norway, and carry much more weight above the waterline than the Norway did. The modern ships were always taller than The Norway, even with her two-deck addition. The more weight above the water and the taller the ship giving more "windage" (more surface area for the wind to push her over from side to side) makes the ship less stable. The roll from side to side can be controlled to a certain extent, not not eliminated, by stabilizers, but the pitch from bow to stern...well, there's no cure for that and the Norway did that dance well, due to her shape under and above the water and her weight.

Regrettably, I sailed her only twice.
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I must have big waves attracted to me or something because on all 3 cruises that I have been we have had rough seas.

In 97 on the Celebrity Horizon, there was an underwater eruption of some volcano that sent the Carribean sea into a 20 ft waves for a little bit. It allowed for some of the best boegeyboarding waves I ever have seen when I was in Barbados.

In 2000 on the Dawn, we got caught in a summer storm that was similar to a Nor'easter coming down from NYC to Florida. There were 25-30 ft waves with a strong wind.

Last month on the dawn we had according to the TV 20-25 ft waves on the MEd Sea due to a stron 25-30 knot north wind.


I always find it funny when the jugglers and the dancers are trying to perform as the ship keeps going over the big waves.
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Once took the family on the ferry from Fishguard, Wales to Ireland. As soon we cleared the breakwater passengers started becoming sick. I took my children down to the movie theater, which was about as close to the ships's center of gravity as I could find. It was a much better ride there and my kids were fine.. If you're susceptible to motion sickness, you might want to try to book a cabin that's low and in the middle of the ship. I've never been seasick myself though I've been pretty scared trying to land at night on a flight deck that's heaving 30 feet up and down.
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We too have experienced 28ft waved in the N atlantic heading to NYC. WOW! is all I can say.
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Rough seas is very subjective, everyone has a different opinion.
But here's the Beaufort scale, used since 1805;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaufort_scale

I would state a Beaufort scale 7 or more is rough seas. Some would state scale 1.

At 7 on the Beaufort scale:
Wind speed: 32 to 38 mph
Description: Near Gale
Wave height: 13 feet
Sea Conditions: Sea heaps up and foam begins to streak.
Land Conditions: Whole trees in motion. Effort needed to walk against the wind.

In the United States, winds of Beaufort 6 or 7 result in the issuance of a small craft advisory, with force 8 or 9 winds bringing about a gale warning, 10 or 11 a storm warning (or "tropical storm warning" for 8 to 11 if related to a tropical cyclone), and anything stronger a hurricane warning.

Don't forget, winds are the primary cause of waves on the open ocean.
I would tend to agree with this. We had Force 10-11 gale/storm between Ketchikan and Victoria for 36 hours (give or take) this past September, and waves ranged from 25-30 feet or so (the whole sea looked white because of the blowing spray). We were midships both vertically and horizontally, so didn't feel it much in the stateroom, but it was sure noticeable when we went for meals or activities.

And we were on a relatively flat bottomed, shallow draft, huge ship (Golden Princess), so that affected us, as well.
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Wow! This is an old thread! We had extremely rough seas last summer between Barcelona and Cannes - the roller skaters in the show remained on their feet though! Pictures of our tv screen here -
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I would consider waves of 20' plus being rough on NCL ships..at least that is enough to notice the pitching motion and feel the ship slam in to the waves. A lot also depends on the direction the ship is going versus the waves...heading directly in to the waves doesn't cause much rolling motion (side to side) but the pitching is very noticeable. Going directly with waves may typically causes more rolling and hardly any pitching. Heading into the waves at 45 degree angle gives you some of both.

I sailed on a much smaller grey ship than the USS Nimitz....here is what happened to us way too often

http://picasaweb.google.com/bakerint...08358254685058

These seas were probably only 8-10' at the time, but we are in the wake of the ship that the photographer was on.
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I do think it's funny though, when I know the seas are running only 5' or so, and hear people talk about how rough it is
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I do think it's funny though, when I know the seas are running only 5' or so, and hear people talk about how rough it is
Me, too, Murray. It's gotta be more like the Bering Sea, a la Deadliest Catch, before I start making cranky remarks about how rough it is.
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NCL Dream 30ft+ following seas. Twice the props came out of the water. What a rush !! Loved it.
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