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Does anyone know what happened to the Liberty on Sunday, January 8th. We are seasoned cruisers (48 times) and have never had our ship tilt like that! We heard many stories and I thought when we got home I could easily hear what really happened. Of course with the tradegy of the Costa ship it seems minor.

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We had our own fun tilt on our Pacific crossing on the Jubilee. Pools emptied, china destroyed, and gift shops trashed

 

We were in our room, as everything started sliding toward the door, including my pregnant wife's bed.

 

When we realized we weren't "going over", we headed upstairs. Lots of people donning life jackets, and the rumor mill started.

 

Rogue wave

Avoiding whales

Stuck controls

 

It was addressed that night that the event happened, by the captain, but we were never told wait happened.

 

Still don't, 14 years later.

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The same thing happened on our first Fantasy cruise. We had left Progresso and the sea was somewhat rough, 10 to 12 foot swells when a 40 knot wind gust hit us broadside and tilted the ship. At the time the stabilizers were out and it took several minutes for them to be retracted before the ship was righted. At the time we were just coming out of the casino and the items in the photo area were crashing on the floor and water from the hot tubs came down the stairs. It was no more than a 10 degree tilt but there was some concern among those around us. The Fantasy usually carried a good number of first time cruisers out of New Orleans.

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I know that our "tilt" was not weather related, very calm seas and beautiful weather. Sounds very similar to my first responder. Guess we may never know as well.

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I was also on the Liberty Jan. 8th. I was actually lying in bed as my two children were sleeping - my husband was in the sauna. When the boat started to tilt, glasses began sliding and I could hear things falling off the shelves in the bathroom. This being my first cruise, I said to myself, "this can't be normal" but didn't think a whole lot of it. My husband ended up talking to a former crew member who said he didn't know what caused it, but that we had tilted 40 degrees. At 50 degrees, a ship can not right itself. Very scary to think of - and then hearing about the Costa made that experience hit home even more...

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I know that our "tilt" was not weather related, very calm seas and beautiful weather. Sounds very similar to my first responder. Guess we may never know as well.

 

I think Neptune was giving his kids swimming lessons.:rolleyes:

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We were on as well and are still wondering what happened. On our balcony on deck 8 port side. Heard lots of glasses breaking and furniture moving around, water splashed out of back pools and flooded dining room and hallways. Hopefully someone knows!

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On our last cruise the captain came on the intercom and told us he was going to be making a sharp turn to avoid a thunderstorm off in the distance and steer the ship around it avoiding most of the rain. When he did this we were tilted for a while. We were on the back of the ship and could see the wake of the ship was very curved and could tell thats what caused the tilt!

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I was also on the Liberty Jan. 8th. I was actually lying in bed as my two children were sleeping - my husband was in the sauna. When the boat started to tilt, glasses began sliding and I could hear things falling off the shelves in the bathroom. This being my first cruise, I said to myself, "this can't be normal" but didn't think a whole lot of it. My husband ended up talking to a former crew member who said he didn't know what caused it, but that we had tilted 40 degrees. At 50 degrees, a ship can not right itself. Very scary to think of - and then hearing about the Costa made that experience hit home even more...

 

Why wouldn't they address something like that? Wow.

 

That's unbelievable and worse to not explain what happened? If an airliner goes sideways it's a major news story.

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Why wouldn't they address something like that? Wow.

 

That's unbelievable and worse to not explain what happened? If an airliner goes sideways it's a major news story.

 

They just apologized and said it was a unusual occurrence and that something like that rarely happens and thats it nothing more. I felt like I was in the movie paranormal activity as it felt like I was being pulled by my feet out of my bed during the tilt and not to mention the floor full of ice because the ice bucket fell.

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My DH and I were on the Liberty too. DH was in the shower and I was getting dressed. We were on deck 2 port side. Our glasses, ice bucket and stuff on the counter all slid off and I could hear the same thing happening all down the corridor. Glasses breaking everywhere.

 

We went up to Lido deck where things were a mess up. I heard one of the cooks was badly burned, and they lost a lot of food.

 

Never heard an explanation of what or why it happened, just an appology and the little talk about our safety is their main concern.:confused:

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That happened to us on one cruise and we were never told why but it was obvious after looking at the trail behind us that the captain (or harbor pilot) made a very sudden turn. This was just as were leaving Tampa and were still in the bay. My daughter and her friend were near the pool at the time and when the water rushed over the sides of the pool her friend slipped in it and got all wet which kind of sucked because it was quite cold that day (in the 50's).

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My DH and I were on the Liberty last week also. We were having breakfast and what a mess in the buffet area. Anyways we spoke to someone in a white uniform who said it was a malfunction of the electronics that regulate the stabilizers. The water from the pools were pouring down the stairs and elevator shafts. I heard lots of people had water in their rooms but with the ship being full they couldn't change rooms. I had a balcony stateroom on deck 7 aft, the people at the end of the hall had water in their rooms and the hall had that musty smell all week. I was never afraid but when I got off the ship Sat. and heard about the Costa ship I was a little freaked out.

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This is all very scary and even more so after hearing and seeing what happened to the Costa Ship...our prayers are all with everyone affected...My DH's friend from HS her Cousin is a Chef on the concordia but he was on his vacation so he wasn't on the ship when this happened talk about being freaked out he said...

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This, as well as the Concordia tragedy, is not making me feel warm and fuzzy about Carnival and Carnival Corp. Makes you wonder about training, maintenance , etc. We are getting ready to board the Inspiration tomorrow. :eek:

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12 years ago, aboard the Sensation, something similar happened. It was early afternoon, and in the Gulf of Mexico, seas were so calm, the ocean was almost waveless. I have never seen such calm water before, even on a lake. Anyway, while I was resting on a lounger, poolside, the ship seemed to come to a standstill. It did tilt slightly( barely noticeable, but you could if you walked, or looked from port to starboard ), then it righted itself again, and the ship did a 360 degree turn, and then proceeded to continue on it's way. Nothing was ever said or announced. That evening at dinner, someone at the table asked our waiter, and he said, he didnt notice anything ( he was working lunch in the dining room ) but such things often happened during a weeks cruise, and they ( the crew ) have to do certain manoevers every now and then, just for practice. Nothing was scary, but it was noticeable.

 

No tilt involved, but on the Valor, back in 2007 just off Belize, we were in the dining room for dinner, and we noticed that the ship was shuddering a little, and you could hear the "engines" Our table was in the back of the lower aft dining room, by a big window,and you could see the sea was stirred up behind the ship, but no wake! One fellow at our table, said "we aren't moving. I bet they are stuck! Well that got me and my group a little concerned. We did manage to get through dinner, and still no wake, and the lights of Belize were no farther away.....Waiter said he didnt know anything was going on. After dinner we wanted to go to the show, but I went out on deck to see if we were actually moving. And by that time, yes we were moving, there was a wake behind the ship, and the lights were growing farther and farther away. Nothing ever said. Just think, a "little" info might have helped soothe some nervous minds.

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We've never had a 'tilt' issue on a cruise, but when we were on our first 'Behind the Fun Tour', someone asked about that, having had that experience on a previous cruise. The captain said many things can cause that and that if it's not weather related it could be human error or equipment problems while transferring things like fuel, water, etc., from one area of the ship to the other, which they apparently do all the time, but that would only cause a small tilt, nothing really major.

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La, la, la I'M NOT LISTENING!

 

I knew I should not have opened this thread. I am on the Liberty in 12 days.

 

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts.

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La, la, la I'M NOT LISTENING!

 

I knew I should not have opened this thread. I am on the Liberty in 12 days.

 

Happy thoughts. Happy thoughts.

 

I'm so sorry but that brought tears to my eyes from laughing so hard. :o

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Great we are going on the Liberty in 3 weeks now I am afraid something will go wrong.

 

Please dont worry...nothing, even those above mentioned occurences by me were ever scary. The Liberty is a great ship. Sailed on her in 2009, and loved that ship and cruise so much, that I have booked the same ship again for later this year. Relax and have a great cruise footballbabe3:)

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We leave in 5 weeks.

Conventional wisdom says that the safest time to fly is after an aircraft crash. Trying to put the positive spin after reading this thread and with the Concordia disaster that extra caution and attention will be placed on safety on all CCL ships.

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This happened to us on the Liberty back in 2009 as well. From what I recall... The captain made an announcement stating we were going into international waters (something along that line, I remember it was water we were not permitted in) and we had to make a sharp turn. I believe there was a post about it back then. I need to make search to refresh my memory exactly. That is the only cruise that we experienced that on so I'm wondering if the ship has the same Captain?

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