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Carnival Conquest/Freedom problems at Grand Cayman today?
Was watching AIS marine traffic and the parade of ships heading into the Grand Cayman Island this morning along the south side of the island. All of a sudden several stopped on the sheltered south side and spent some time hovering around, only the Freedom of the Seas looks to have gotten the closest to Georgetown anchorage, then turned west and accelerated to 14 knots away from the island.
Anyone hear about weather issues today in the Cayman's?
I put an 'X' on the map below where they normally anchor, as you can see the ships are no where near that. I also see that the Carnival Freedom is a Storm Deviation from Ocho Rios to Grand Cayman. Did she swap her itinerary around? Can't be fun for those folks!
Looks like they may be using an alternate anchorage site? Never seen them use that before.
Here are two screen grabs comparing the two piers, the first is the main pier for the primary anchorage on the west side of the island, the second is the pier at the alternate anchorage on the sheltered south side. The scale of each image is identical:
It appears by IAS marine traffic that both the Carnival Freedom and Carnival Conquest (both steaming away at 15+ knots) have now abandoned their attempts to use the alternate anchorage and pier on the sheltered south side of Grand Cayman and are heading to sea.
Last edited by dmwnc1959; October 20th, 2011 at 10:56 AM.
Yuck.. No fun.. Great images and map locations. Thanks everyone!
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