Week of February 20: Cruise Ship Driver's License

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#1
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Today my daughter turns 17 - which in New Jersey means drivers' license test day. It is bitter sweet when your first born goes from driving a Barbie Jeep to a real car so I am trying to find some humor in life today. Something to keep me smiling

For the driver's road test you have to show that you have mastered the different driving skills like k-turns, parallel parking, and knowing when to use your turn signal. So I have been sitting here imagining what a Cruise Ship license "Road Test" would encompass and am being silly and laughing my bum off! Can you imagine "Okay Captain Smith it;s time to make your K-turn into that tiny turn about basin in Port Canaveral"

So be silly we me What every day cruise ship "driving feat" would you add to the test?

I have two that seem like miracles to me --- Port of Miami when there are at least 3-4 ships "parallel" parked and buddy in the middle of the line is first up to leave. Seeing a ship maneuver getting out of that tightly packed in parking spot always made me nervous and amazed all at once.

The other was when we were on Divina and were told we could port in Tortola instead or tendering. There were some fancy moves done to get that big ship up onto that tiny dock. Some interesting noises too

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#2
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Originally posted by CC Help Jenn
Today my daughter turns 17 - which in New Jersey means drivers' license test day. It is bitter sweet when your first born goes from driving a Barbie Jeep to a real car so I am trying to find some humor in life today. Something to keep me smiling

For the driver's road test you have to show that you have mastered the different driving skills like k-turns, parallel parking, and knowing when to use your turn signal. So I have been sitting here imagining what a Cruise Ship license "Road Test" would encompass and am being silly and laughing my bum off! Can you imagine "Okay Captain Smith it;s time to make your K-turn into that tiny turn about basin in Port Canaveral"

So be silly we me What every day cruise ship "driving feat" would you add to the test?

I have two that seem like miracles to me --- Port of Miami when there are at least 3-4 ships "parallel" parked and buddy in the middle of the line is first up to leave. Seeing a ship maneuver getting out of that tightly packed in parking spot always made me nervous and amazed all at once.

The other was when we were on Divina and were told we could port in Tortola instead or tendering. There were some fancy moves done to get that big ship up onto that tiny dock. Some interesting noises too

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Getting in and out of the NY ports isn't a piece of cake either! Lots of other boat traffic (Staten Island Ferry, sightseeing boats, kyakas, sailboats, etc.) and cruise ships especially on the weekends. Then add in the weather and the tides and it becomes a real challenge.

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Whiteland, indiana
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Oh the angst of your baby driving on their own....best of luck to you. As for a driving test for cruise ships, I would say being able to manage smooth sailing with choppy seas...it's going to happen but can they minimize the impact on the passengers and crew?? Our cruise last August met up with some rough seas but they managed to maneuver through it in such a way we felt just a gentle sway👏
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I guess I am interested in stabilization more than steering the ship since I am prone to motion sickness. I am sure I wouldn't be a very good captain because of that reason
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I think Hubbard Glacier should be added to the test.
I couldn't believe how we made it around all those corners on our Alaska Cruise!
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I think the test should include a driving course which instead of orange cones to maneuver, the captain must manage his way around the big orange buoys attached to crab pots


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Perhaps in the MDR not having people cruise ahead of the line in lieu of waiting their turn
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#12
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As I just read the OP's words I smiled. Remembering getting my DL, failing the first road test. Then thinking what to add to the cruise road test...I took an emergency vehicle driving course where I had to back down an alley in a fire truck using mirrors only. So back a cruise ship down a canal using mirrors only no spotters...Lol😱😓

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Choose a portion of the Inside Passage in Alaska. I love watching the pilot boat arrive with the guy that can safely maneuver the ship through the narrow passage.


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#14
Detroit MI
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Originally posted by CC Help Jenn
Today my daughter turns 17 - which in New Jersey means drivers' license test day. It is bitter sweet when your first born goes from driving a Barbie Jeep to a real car so I am trying to find some humor in life today. Something to keep me smiling

For the driver's road test you have to show that you have mastered the different driving skills like k-turns, parallel parking, and knowing when to use your turn signal. So I have been sitting here imagining what a Cruise Ship license "Road Test" would encompass and am being silly and laughing my bum off! Can you imagine "Okay Captain Smith it;s time to make your K-turn into that tiny turn about basin in Port Canaveral"

So be silly we me What every day cruise ship "driving feat" would you add to the test?

I have two that seem like miracles to me --- Port of Miami when there are at least 3-4 ships "parallel" parked and buddy in the middle of the line is first up to leave. Seeing a ship maneuver getting out of that tightly packed in parking spot always made me nervous and amazed all at once.

The other was when we were on Divina and were told we could port in Tortola instead or tendering. There were some fancy moves done to get that big ship up onto that tiny dock. Some interesting noises too

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In the cruise ship driving test, they should make the captains dock the boat blindfolded while having his crew direct him by instructions.
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A cruise ship 'driving' test would include maneuvering the ship around piers, docks, other ships.. rocks all while txting on their cellphone and or waving to "their girlfriends" on shore.

I fondly remember when I rec'd my DL... I thought that my dad was going to argue with the state trooper why I shouldn't have passed. I told Dad that the trooper liked my mom's yr old car a '67 Mustang and said that I 'handled it well'. Dear dad got me a slow older but cute Fiat to drive .

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I think they should have to do what we saw last month. we were in cozumel and there were 9 ships including allure. It was not to bad coming in because they had staggered entry times. but due to a traffic accident on the island alot of the tours did not make it back on time, all 9 ships were waiting for passengers. Since the passengers all arrived at the same time the ships all left at the same time. It was a sight to see, No matter what way you looked from your deck there were ships. It looked like a mass exodus. That was my 13th cruise and I have never seen anything like it. It was as the sun was setting so the back ground was amazing too. All thye ships were all lit up. You know it took some great driving to not hit any ships with that many moving out.
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#17
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The Captain should be able to maneuver a mega-ship near dock without destroying the dock or the small boats docked. (This recently happened in the past year, cruise line to remain nameless!) Best wishes with your daughter!
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Getting the ship through the Panama Canal locks would be a great test. We have been through them twice and it still amazes me how little room there was on each side!
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Practice docking at a port on a windy day with out destroying the pier or damaging the ship. Best I could come up with. We were on Glory in 2010 and our final port on our cruise was Grand Turk. This was a new port for us and one that I was really looking forward to. Since we were docking at 11AM, we'd gone headed down around then to get off the ship but for some reason it was taking forever. After waiting for about a half hour, there was finally an announcement from the CD that we were just waiting to clear customs and then they'd start the debarkation process. The CD also added in that announcement for everyone to give a hand to our Captain a round of applause because we came very close to missing port. The CD explained that the first two attempts to get the ship docked weren't successful but the captain managed to get her docked on the third attempt. The CD said they will normally try three times and if they can't get the ship docked on that third try, they miss port. Now I don't know if the "three attempts" are normal or not, but that's what our CD announced to us that morning. The weather conditions were windy and the water a little choppy that day but fortunately as the day went on, it finally cleared up about 2 hours before we left, so we were finally able to see just how beautiful the water in Grand Turk is.

Good luck to your daughter and to you. I know that's hard/bittersweet for parents as driving is a giant step to independence and the worrying every time they are out. I don't have kids but I do have a niece and nephews, many of our friends have kids at the starting to drive age, AND I was a kid too and I know my mom worried.
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#20
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I feel for you. Our daughter gets her learner's permit in May. I don't think the streets are ready, lol. Best wishes for all of you!

I think any sort of obstacle course/navigation test; high speed, low speed, forwards and reverse, blindfolded and guided, avoiding seen and surprise obstacles and difficult passes (narrow or shallow passages, etc), and then parking in difficult circumstances. Fun things.
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