Carnival Cruise Ship Gets Blown Off Dock by Violent Gust

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#3
Saint Cloud, FL
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Local channel 9 (wftv.com) showed a series of still photos of this; in one, it appeared that one of the gangways was dangling at about a 45 degree downward angle, and several dock lines were hanging off the ship and into the water; not sure if they snapped or perhaps pulled the cleats out of the dock. A tug boat was pushing the ship back toward the dock. I haven't been able to find a link to those photos on their website.

Back in December 2008, the same thing happened with one of the Disney ships at the same port. Several of the huge dock lines snapped like uncooked spaghetti noodles.
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Oh my!!!

If my hubby sees the news (we lived in Orlando for 25 years) he will NOT want to go on our scheduled cruises!!!
#6
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This was my first cruise, it was called a cruise to the Bahamas, but it was a short visit to the Bahamas. We had terrible weather, the boat rocked and pitched.
I was very happy and so were the other passengers and crew ,there were no injuries when the ship was listing in the Ocean. I was on top when the wind stood my hair on end.
I had just walked inside and took a seat at the dining table, before everyone laying on deck felt the rain and saw the Big Blue Rope give way, water began to slosh on the pier and we were moving!
One. of the wait staff almost dropped the tray. Her, surprised look, confirmed to me that ,this was not supposed to be happening.
The delay in Port Canaveral left the casino closed,no drinks from the bar with the players card because we were stuck in port. We missed Nassau. We had to pay 10 dollars per person to actually touch the water and sands of the Bahama's
Our driver ,Shirley was very nice. She, was born on the island and she told with passion of how she knew the effects of tourism on this small 17 mile island. I felt safe, and she made the 12 mile ride informational.
We were dropped off near the beach. We walked to the area, laid out our towels. We walked toward the beautiful blue water and saw, lightening flash out on the ocean and it began to rain.I grabbed my towel, and ran for shelter.
I did see the blue waters of the Bahama's. I felt the sand between my toes!
The ship credit of $25.00 was not enough in my opinion.
I missed our destination. I am very disappointed. I feel cheated.I am not2happy
#7
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Originally posted by not2happy
This was my first cruise, it was called a cruise to the Bahamas, but it was a short visit to the Bahamas. We had terrible weather, the boat rocked and pitched.
I was very happy and so were the other passengers and crew ,there were no injuries when the ship was listing in the Ocean. I was on top when the wind stood my hair on end.
I had just walked inside and took a seat at the dining table, before everyone laying on deck felt the rain and saw the Big Blue Rope give way, water began to slosh on the pier and we were moving!
One. of the wait staff almost dropped the tray. Her, surprised look, confirmed to me that ,this was not supposed to be happening.
The delay in Port Canaveral left the casino closed,no drinks from the bar with the players card because we were stuck in port. We missed Nassau. We had to pay 10 dollars per person to actually touch the water and sands of the Bahama's
Our driver ,Shirley was very nice. She, was born on the island and she told with passion of how she knew the effects of tourism on this small 17 mile island. I felt safe, and she made the 12 mile ride informational.
We were dropped off near the beach. We walked to the area, laid out our towels. We walked toward the beautiful blue water and saw, lightening flash out on the ocean and it began to rain.I grabbed my towel, and ran for shelter.
I did see the blue waters of the Bahama's. I felt the sand between my toes!
The ship credit of $25.00 was not enough in my opinion.
I missed our destination. I am very disappointed. I feel cheated.I am not2happy
Are you blaming the cruise line for the weather?
#8
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Originally posted by Cuizer2
Are you blaming the cruise line for the weather?
Don't they always? Really need to read that fine print. Cruise lines not obligated to give you anything back except the port charges.
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#10
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I’ve been involved in boating for more than 53 years, am a qualified Captain for Sailing Craft up to 60 feet and when I retired I became a crewperson on a tall ship. There I learned the importance of properly securing a ship when docking and that both the weather and the water currents need to be carefully considered and constantly monitored by an alert crew. I believe the root cause of what we experience on the Pride in Port Canaveral in spite of the ‘micro burst’ wind was the result of the crew inadequately securing the ship with dock lines. However, we’ll need to wait for the Coast Guard’s incident report to validate what happened.

The dock lines were ‘singled up’ which means only one line at each major securing point and no supplemental lines at mid-ships. I was surprised when exiting the Ship that morning because of the weather forecasts for afternoon thunderstorms.

Then I noticed when we docked at Freeport the Pride had doubled up all the dock lines and had even double lines at two or three points amidships.

So I’m disappointed that we missed the Nassau Port and received only a $25 OBC from Carnival for ‘our inconvenience’. I believe the Pride’s crew and Carnival screwed up and will followup with the Coast Guard to see what they say!