Posted September 11th, 2010, 12:47 PM
From September 9th...
Received a note from a friend who's aboard the Prinsendam:...
Things started getting a little rough during the 7 PM cocktail hour but really not too bad. Dinner was another story entirely. Gale force winds stated to buffet the ship at about 8:15 PM. We were seated at a table for 4 towards the back of the Pinnacle Grill. Next thing you know, we were holding on to the glassware and the table for dear life.
The large window next to my seat made a sound like a shotgun and shattered but didn’t break as it is safety glass. It scared the hell out of us. We could hear all hell breaking loose in the kitchen. I shudder to think of what happened to all of that lovely Bulgari china.
The Captain came on to the P.A. system to tell all passengers to remain seated, if possible, or to get down on the floor as we were in for some really rough seas. What an understatement. A window was blown out in the showroom and water started pouring in there during the entertainment.
"Update to the adventure. It turns out we unexpectedly hit a force 12 storm. That's hurricane force. We lost about 50 windows and there is a dent in the prow of the ship. What a 'fun' ride."
- How does HAL proceed to repair a ship which experiences such damage?
- Fifty (50) broken windows seems like a lot so I hope this was an exaggeration.
- Do they stay at the next port of call for extra days?
- Where is the "prow" of the ship?
- How do we find out if the passengers are ok?