Weirdness on The Pride

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#1
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Yesterday morning at 9:45 without any warning there were two sets of what sounded like cannon shots coming from near the funnell. The security guy at the serenity pool and the staff long with the guests were all startled and he got on his radio. A guy in a red jumpsuit came and they went up and inspected. I heard them say that nothing cameout of the funnell and that maybe it was from the incinerator. No explanation over the PA system.

Then at about 5 pm a full ship alert went off for a "first stage alert", deck B and that all crew was to respond and the staging area was set up near the medical center. We saw many crew members heading down. About 15 minutes later an "all ckear" was sounded.

Today we are at sea about 500 miles south of our destination and the ship seems to be moving much slower than you would expect. Hope all is OK.

On the good side, since 600 people opted to cancel from this cruise at the last minute due to the change in itinerary, there are nolines for anything and no problem getting lounge chairs.

The food is great and crew as always is wonderful. Just wich more communication from the Command staff on what is happening.
#2
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sounds like the engine blew up
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#3
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Cannon fire at 9:45? Ghost ship confirmed. The ship is haunted. No one sail on her! :P
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#4
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Joined Sep 2017
Found a security crew member who said it was one of the generators. They were trying to start it and I guess it was a couple of big backfires as it cranked. In 30 cruises, never had that happen before. Another crew member said the "first alert" was a small fire in the engine room, but another said it was a "high temperature" alarm that activated and they had to go in an investigate that with the fire team but no fire. Either way the captain or someone should have gotten on the PA system and explained what was happening.
#5
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Originally posted by ResqDon
Found a security crew member who said it was one of the generators. They were trying to start it and I guess it was a couple of big backfires as it cranked. In 30 cruises, never had that happen before. Another crew member said the "first alert" was a small fire in the engine room, but another said it was a "high temperature" alarm that activated and they had to go in an investigate that with the fire team but no fire. Either way the captain or someone should have gotten on the PA system and explained what was happening.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes...and if it's like last week, he won't...and you'll be finding trusted crew members who know and like you to actually fill you in when you press them for the truth...

Ships shouldn't work that way...and I stand by that this Captain should be fired for the way he runs the ship with the passengers. Passengers have the right to know about mechanical issues when those issues are happening!
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I will probably be flamed for this. The way rumors spread, once the captain made an announcement that there was a fire alarm in the engine room, half of the passengers would be putting on their life jackets and heading to the lifeboats in a panic.

There was no fire, the noise was a backfire, no need to panic and no need to inform the passengers. I will say that he (the Captain) should have at least said that the crew investigated the noise and that everything was under control.
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Originally posted by TwoMisfits
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes...and if it's like last week, he won't...and you'll be finding trusted crew members who know and like you to actually fill you in when you press them for the truth...

Ships shouldn't work that way...and I stand by that this Captain should be fired for the way he runs the ship with the passengers. Passengers have the right to know about mechanical issues when those issues are happening!
You'll notice that they heard two different stories from two different crew members. I'll bet a dollar that if they ask three more crew members they'll get three additional different responses. Most of the crew (DR personnel, room stewards, etc.) won't even know the real story.
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#9
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Looks like they are currently at 12.6 knots...

This captain had the Pride between 24.4 and 25 knots for close to a full day in rough seas coming back from Nassau last week. Then it was 4 knots up the Chesapeake bay as we had to kill about 18 hours so we wouldn't arrive back to Baltimore too early. We also had a very rough sound and extreme shaking event at the end of last week coming back, I think it happened on Friday. It was so bad it startled the crew and passengers in the dining room.
#10
Michigan
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We are taking our first cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride on October 1st . . . can't wait. It sounds like she is a beautiful ship. Hope you all have a great time on your cruise this week, New England/Canada sounds like a great adventure!!!
#11
Cassopolis, MI
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Originally posted by tigger292
We are taking our first cruise out of Baltimore on the Pride on October 1st . . . can't wait. It sounds like she is a beautiful ship. Hope you all have a great time on your cruise this week, New England/Canada sounds like a great adventure!!!

I am on the same cruise on the 1st. I wonder where we will go....
#12
Southeast TX
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Joined May 2011
Yes, one should just ignore loud bangs with no explanation and things like fire crews running around.

I'm sorry, folks, I am on a ship. I need to know--big picture, at least--what is going on. It calms most folks down to know nothing really bad is happening--the nitwits who would panic being informed are going to be nitwits no matter what. Why just let "rumor control" handle it? That is where 10 different stories start...
#13
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Originally posted by TexasRon
Why just let "rumor control" handle it? That is where 10 different stories start...
And if the Captain did come on and say what was happening, within minutes, 10 different stories would start that the Captain was lying and a crew member told them something different or a fellow passenger told them that he heard from a lady in a wheel chair that heard it from a guy at the pizza place...
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#14
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Originally posted by RWolver672
And if the Captain did come on and say what was happening, within minutes, 10 different stories would start that the Captain was lying and a crew member told them something different or a fellow passenger told them that he heard from a lady in a wheel chair that heard it from a guy at the pizza place...
Yes, but then at least he'd be keeping with our cruise passenger bill of rights...
"The right to timely information updates as to any adjustments in the itinerary of the ship in the event of a mechanical failure or emergency, as well as timely updates of the status of efforts to address mechanical failures."

I mean, it's just words, but they are supposed to tell us when ship things are breaking and what they are doing to fix them, even if they don't wanna...
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Originally posted by TwoMisfits
Yes, but then at least he'd be keeping with our cruise passenger bill of rights...

"The right to timely information updates as to any adjustments in the itinerary of the ship in the event of a mechanical failure or emergency, as well as timely updates of the status of efforts to address mechanical failures."



I mean, it's just words, but they are supposed to tell us when ship things are breaking and what they are doing to fix them, even if they don't wanna...


Was there an adjustment to the itinerary because of a mechanical failure? Sounds like there wasn't even a mechanical failure to start with.



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#16
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Originally posted by Chrism740
I am on the same cruise on the 1st. I wonder where we will go....
I think we have a good chance of keeping our itinerary . . . . Cruise ships are going to Freeport still so that is a go, Grand Turk has reopened and though I haven't really heard much about it, through Holland America it sounds like Half Moon Cay is still okay. Will just have to watch and see where other ships go in the next couple of weeks. That will tell the true story!
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Originally posted by tigger292
I think we have a good chance of keeping our itinerary . . . . Cruise ships are going to Freeport still so that is a go, Grand Turk has reopened and though I haven't really heard much about it, through Holland America it sounds like Half Moon Cay is still okay. Will just have to watch and see where other ships go in the next couple of weeks. That will tell the true story!


That would be awesome!


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#18
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Originally posted by footballbabe3
Look on your television and see what knots you are sailing at. If your sailing way under 19 knots the old girl could be limping along.
Can't use this rule they have a lot of sailing days with the modified itinerary, much shorter distance.

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Originally posted by TwoMisfits
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes...and if it's like last week, he won't...and you'll be finding trusted crew members who know and like you to actually fill you in when you press them for the truth...

Ships shouldn't work that way...and I stand by that this Captain should be fired for the way he runs the ship with the passengers. Passengers have the right to know about mechanical issues when those issues are happening!
Captain owes you jack squat.