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I am in the explorer of the seas doing the western route. Sunday after we left Miami and at about 10pm, we felt a load noise , like a explotion. the ship tilded on one side at a angle of about 45 degrees. It went like that for about 10 minutes, I was in the Aquarium Bar , and the water from the aquarium started coming out from the top of the aquarium in the side that we were leaning to. Anything that was not tied down felt in the floor, including many bottles and stuff in the gift shop. We asked around but all the anwsers we got just made not sense (i.e. a explotion in the botton of the seas, the capitan flushing his toilet, bad weather when there was not rain outside and the seas were very calm etc etc). Scary, scary, scary. !!!!!:confused:

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45 degrees? No way perhaps seven to ten at most. 45 would be really, really bad.

 

Explosions underwater don't happen unless a mine or other charge is detonated. Don't think that's the case either.

 

Keep us updated with anything you find. I'm all ears. :)

 

Cheers,

 

Norman

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Have you noticed a decrease in speed??

Wondering if it was something with the propulsion system, etc went bad??

I am sure you will find out soon if it was something like that..

I bet it was scarey....Keep us posted as long as you have power:D

ok...just kidding,but keep us posted

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No way 45 degrees, thats halfway to horrizontal

 

Thankfully, we have nautically-minded posters to correct the OP.:rolleyes:

 

A very scary situation for the OP, regardless the degree of tilt.

 

Anxious to hear the cause of this and any damage.

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Almost sounds as if the ship bottomed out on a sandbar or something. I experienced that on an aircraft carrier back in the 80s. Imagine a large deck carrier listing 20 degrees to starboard. Freaky stuff. Hitting bottom causes a heinous sound and could cause the ship to list such as what this person is describing.

 

Could have been caused by poor navigation through relatively narrow sea lanes south of the Miami area. It dangerous in the worst and extremely embarrassing for a captain and driver in the least. I'm not surprised that they're hesitant to admit it. Also, with all of the lawsuit loving passengers on board these days, someone would want cruise credits for life if their drink fell off the bar or something.

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I agree. A 45degree tilt is way to far over. Can you imagine what a ship would do if you tilted 14 stories at a 45degree tilt? Funny thing is, I just checked "events at Sea" on cruise junkies and they have listed this report (from cruise critic) on their site and put that the ship was tilted and omitted the 45degrees. Interesting report. Only report so far that I have seen. And it would help if there was a sail date included.

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Backfire? Seriously while this was probably scary 45 degrees would have meant a Titanic like experience.

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I am in the explorer of the seas doing the western route. Sunday after we left Miami and at about 10pm, we felt a load noise , like a explotion.

 

I guess it was bad enough that the "Mikrosoft Spel Chekar" was broken.

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I agree that it could not have been 45 degrees. Voyager class ships are too top heavy and would probably be rolled over from even a 30 degree list.

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If the ship really did go 45 degrees over to one side, my guess is there would be smoke, fire, a hole in the ship or something along those lines. I would surely hope that if this really did happen, the Coast Guard would be en-route to get people off the ship or escort it to a safe port. Not to mention, it would probably be all over the media since they monitor police scanners. Also cruisecal.com shows a webcam from the ship and it is in port right now as scheduled. I'm starting to find this story hard to believe.

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I have a video of the making of the Voyager class ships and it is a Maritime Requirement for the ships to be able to handle a 45 degree tilt and be able to upright them selves. On the voyager class ships all decks above deck seven I believe it is walls are all aluminum. This was done to take the top heaviness away from these vessels. The problem was how to attach steel to aluminum. A foriegn scientists came up with what they call "Blast Welding" Its all in the video and very very interesting. This video was put out by RCL. Its a three tape set Design and development, Building, A City at sea. These are the names of the three tapes.

 

AL

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If it did strike a sandbar they are required to stop and check to see how much damage was done. It could be a reef that it hit as well. Anytime a ships hits anything they are required to report it.

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The same exact thing happend to the Carnival Legend a couple of weeks ago. I do not remember the cause. I think it was a thrown propellor blade.

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There have been a couple of instances where the ships "auto pilot" has screwed up and made the ship make a very sharp turn without warning. I think Carnival called this a "navigation error" on the Legend? a couple of weeks ago.

 

In any case, the ship will list (tilt) quite a bit during this manuver. I was on the Disney Magic a couple of years age when we did a sharp U-turn for a rescue at sea. Even though the list was only a few degrees, it's something the average passenger has never experienced and feels a lot worse than it is.

 

Lou

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I don't know if this has anything to do with this incident or not, but the Explorer is due in dry dock the last week of October. This came from the RC website contact people.

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Unexpected list - explosion - unintentional grounding (contact with sandbar-reef-etc.) Sheesh starting to sound like headlines seen in the supermarket checkout tabloids!

 

Folks get a grip! There's litterally hundreds of things that can happen and cause a sound like the ship hitting something. Anyone on this ship would know if it were truly serious by now. Sounds like the worst that may have happened is a few bottles of booze fell to their demise. I know that's enough to make some folks cry but still...

 

It's a millpond out there - flat seas and no rain! Enjoy it while it lasts because trouble is on the way!

 

Cheers,

 

Norman

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OMG!!! My husbands family is on this cruise - their first cruise!!! Was anything ever said? Is everyone ok?

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Even though the list was only a few degrees, it's something the average passenger has never experienced and feels a lot worse than it is.

 

Lou

 

I agree, let's get off the 45 degree thing and realize the OP was probably posting what she felt not actual. Anyway, I hope everything is Ok, and it must be if they are still sailing away.

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Put a few MT bottles on your table. Have one assist you with a protractor. Record the angle of inclination which the bottles slide off the table. The rate of "list" is important as well! If you jerk up hard on the table the bottles will fall at a much lower angle. A 142kT vessel will never move that fast - try a few mm of lift per second.

 

Heck I may have to try this myself! :D

 

Cheers,

 

Norman

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I agree. A 45degree tilt is way to far over. Can you imagine what a ship would do if you tilted 14 stories at a 45degree tilt? Funny thing is, I just checked "events at Sea" on cruise junkies and they have listed this report (from cruise critic) on their site and put that the ship was tilted and omitted the 45degrees. Interesting report. Only report so far that I have seen. And it would help if there was a sail date included.

Sorry, guys, this part was my fault. Last night I was online when the OP posted this message. *I* went to cruisejunkie to see if it was there. It wasn't, but I saw something else that I knew wasn't accurate, so I sent the owner of the website an email, and mentioned this post. He then came over and put it on http://www.cruisejunkie.com. He doesn't have any more information than we do; this is NOT a second source/confirmation.

 

Carol

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I am going to be cruising on The Explorer of the seas on the 14th og August..I hope everyone and everything is ok..Anybody try calling RCI?? Thanks for the info

 

 

Ryan:) :)

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Attention All CruiseCritic Members>>>>> I just got off the phone with a RCCL Rep. , they have no idea what I was talking about, maybe the person dident I dont know but....I hope everything is okay!! ANYONE with additional Information PLEASE keep us informed...Thank You...Ryan

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Think about guys, if the ship really did tilt 45 degrees the computer monitor would be on the floor in pieces. How would he have used the computer?

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I was on the Carnival Holiday 2 years ago. When we were coming home, up the Mississipi to New Orleans, we had a scary tilting as well. We were sitting in the maritini bar and we jolted to the left, stratightened up a rolled to the right. They had a beautiful display of 20 different martinis set up, stacked in a pyramid, and they all came crashing to the ground. Our tables and chairs were sliding all ove the place. It was scary and comical at the same time. This went on for about 10 minutes. The bar maid explained that this happens sometimes becuase of the current of the river and the rather sharp turns the boat has to make as it snakes its way throught the river. Definitely a part of my voayge I won't soon forget!!!

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I was on the Carnival Holiday 2 years ago. When we were coming home, up the Mississipi to New Orleans, we had a scary tilting as well. We were sitting in the maritini bar and we jolted to the left, stratightened up a rolled to the right. They had a beautiful display of 20 different martinis set up, stacked in a pyramid, and they all came crashing to the ground. Our tables and chairs were sliding all ove the place. It was scary and comical at the same time. This went on for about 10 minutes. The bar maid explained that this happens sometimes becuase of the current of the river and the rather sharp turns the boat has to make as it snakes its way throught the river. Definitely a part of my voayge I won't soon forget!!!

 

Thanks for this warning we will be cruisin RCI out of New Orleans.

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I just got off the phone with a RCCL Rep. , they have no idea what I was talking about]

That is about par for the course. I wouldn't have been surprised if someone there said that they don't even have a ship named Explorer of the Seas! :p

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just curious...i was on the serenade of the seas where there was an error made by one of the officers and the ship made a sharp turn listing at about 17 degrees....alot of people from the ship posted on the website...why is noone else posting from the ship about this experience??...maybe it is untrue...well anyway, same thing, deny, deny, deny by rccl only to find out later about a firing of the officer

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just curious...i was on the serenade of the seas where there was an error made by one of the officers and the ship made a sharp turn listing at about 17 degrees....

 

I remember reading about that. One other note - if the ship listed 45 degrees, the pools would have empted out and flooded everything going down the elevator shafts & would have broken windows as well.

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I, too, experienced a list on the Holiday. We were on our way back to N.O. on the Mississippi and we hit one particular crook in the river and the boat just kept on leaning, and leaning, and leaning. It felt like a lot more, but it was probably about a 10 degree list (or less?, nothing went flying). I can see how anything more than that could scare the pants off any passenger. I felt more than a little apprehension myself. It was my 4th cruise, and I've never experienced anything like that before. I even sailed the Conquest down the same river a year before. Maybe because we had a full moon, the list looked worse to me because I could faintly see the horizon/lights in the distance. BTW, sailing down the MS during a full moon was a fabulous experience!

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Attention All CruiseCritic Members>>>>> I just got off the phone with a RCCL Rep. , they have no idea what I was talking about, maybe the person dident I dont know but....I hope everything is okay!! ANYONE with additional Information PLEASE keep us informed...Thank You...Ryan

 

no offense (really) :) but the reps have no clue on a day to day basis about what freakin deck your talkin about much less anything else..to boot the bigguys aren't about to tell them anything anyway to tell youse guys and get it all screwed up....if anything at all they might press release it. IF it's true at all.

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Several years ago (Oct 2002) on a Caribbean sailing aboard the Summit (Celebrity) we had a similar experience. The ship seemed to make a sharp turn and then lean sideways ... many things fell over and such. Explanation given was a malfunction to the propulsion system (gas turbines).

 

Anywho, yes these things do happen, but the original post on this thread does not ring as credible thus far ... we shall see ...

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We had a "Tilt" as they called it on the Enchantment in December of 2002 while leaving Grand Cayman.

We were up in the Viking Crown lounge one afternoon when I suddenly was thrown off balance to my left and hit the window. There was no explaination of why it happened, it just did. Bottles from the pool bar broke and the water in the pool came up and over taking everyones things with it. Anything that was around the pool and on the lounges was carried away.

No reason was ever given.

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movement in one side when you are in the ship, along with a lot of noise and bottles and other stuff getting broken around you and maybe you will also feel that you went over 45 degree.

 

When I mentioned 45 degree , all I was trying was to give the idea of the incident that happened, the ship tilded to one side and stuff started rolling all over, but we recovered horizontal position in about 10 minutes and the trip so far has been wonderful. I which I just know exactly what happened, I know we were far out of Miami in our way to Belize to had hit a sand bar and sea conditions were almost perfect at the moment, so whatever it was, it was a scary situation, but I went back to the bar and after a couple of long island ice tea I felt much better.

 

:)

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just curious...i was on the serenade of the seas where there was an error made by one of the officers and the ship made a sharp turn listing at about 17 degrees....alot of people from the ship posted on the website...why is noone else posting from the ship about this experience??...maybe it is untrue...well anyway, same thing, deny, deny, deny by rccl only to find out later about a firing of the officer

 

We were on the Serenade sailing, too, and have a very good source of info tied in with RCCL. It was actually a 7 degree (not 17) list, but sure felt scary. We were in the dining room at the time, and saw everything sliding off of tables, serving areas, people off of chairs. 7 degrees was enough to empty water out of the solarium pool, flooding balconies below, sending water down the forward elevator shaft and starting a small (and quickly extinguished) fire, dumping all the merchandise off of shop displays (including the bottles in the liquor store), and off the the bars around the ship. It was an error during a steering test that is a required maneuver prior to a ship entering a US port (in this case we were on our way back to San Juan). The manuever is never done at speed, but in this case, the ship sped up and listed. Felt like 45 degrees, but in reality was much less. The reality felt pretty scary, even if there never was any real danger.

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Thanks for this warning we will be cruisin RCI out of New Orleans.

 

 

We sailed the Grandeur out of New Orleans and it was a very smooth sailing. Maybe it is an issue with older ships? Your sailing should be fine. The fog on the other hand is quite thick :)

 

Bobbie

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