Posted September 13th, 2017, 09:02 AM
Funny you mention sailing without an engine...when that happen on my RCCL cruise, we knew the hour it happened...and we received on board credit and free internet, since the missing engine was gonna make us a few hours late home - we didn't ask for it - it was given at the same time as the engine announcement, which was within an hour of passengers' "notice"...this was not very recently (about 9 years ago), so I won't compliment the current line too much.
And funny you should mention airlines...it's routine for them to ALWAYS tell you to sit and put on your safety belt and inform you if "turbulence" is coming b/c a rocking plane is so dangerous to the people inside...they also usually inform you if the turbulence will occur for the rest of the flight or not at the time of that announcement.
And "dampen the roll" is exactly what was not happening on the 9/3 ship...if the conditions are enough that they are changing the planned nightly show b/c it would be unsafe for the performers, adapting the afternoon show for the same unsafe conditions, closing the entire sports deck for unsafe conditions the entire day, making parents call to check on puking kids every 30 minutes...that's NOT normal (even skipping the observed puking and my own family's injuries). At SOME POINT, someone from the top deck should have explained what was happening, why, when it might end, and what they were gonna do to mitigate, even if it was just free meds, if they could do anything at all.
And I won't post the employees who told me, although they were not "the guy cleaning up the puke" since I know they were all fed a party line and probably will get in trouble for deviating from it. I don't want it even less likely for passengers to be able to get the truth in the future.
I know we won't agree. But I will say...2 ships I've been on had mechanical issues in my 5 cruises...one Captain made me trust the line...and one did not...
That's all I'll say on this matter...b/c if you weren't there (and not up in the wee hours of the last day before we hit the Chesapeake when it truly got its worst), you don't know how bad the conditions were...this wasn't just "oh, the ship is moving a little side to side and I'm not walking down the hallway straight anymore...tee hee."
Well, lets see, I'm talking about routine maintenance that takes an engine out of service and doesn't affect the itinerary
, and you are talking about a failure that did
affect the itinerary. Yes, you should have been told, and were, that an issue had caused the change. However, the problem on the Pride did not cause a change in itinerary, so why should you be informed?
Of course a pilot informs folks that there will be turbulence, but you're example of the Captain notifying you of every little problem is like the pilot saying "Oh, sorry for that bump, it was clear turbulence" and two minutes later saying the same thing, every time the plane hits a bump.
I really wasn't asking for folks' names, just that as I say, 90% of crew know nothing about a ship's workings. And how did you know that the stabilizers weren't working, yet the sea conditions were such that the stabilizer's dampening effect was insufficient? Oh, that's right, someone in hotel operations told you. I would be willing to bet that every single cruise ship
, at one time or another, has had to cancel the production show, closing outside decks, pools, etc, and I doubt that any of them had "broken" stabilizers causing the problem.
And I will be willing to bet that in 42 years at sea, I've been in worse sea conditions than you've experienced, including sailing through several hurricanes and typhoons, and I know what rolling and pitching is all about. How about you look at the videos of RCI's Anthem when she was caught in the tropical storm a couple years ago, and see the amount of rolling the ship did, and guess what? She had working stabilizers. It's weather, it happens, it's nothing the cruise line can do about it, and trust me God is stronger than anything man can build, so a ship is gonna roll, and a ship is gonna pitch, and a ship is gonna lurch if the weather is sufficient.