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18 minutes ago, pritbrit said:

Not all of us are lucky enough to live in Florida and be able to just cruise again in a year.  Yes, they are giving us money towards another cruise however there are many more expenses that go along with going away.  I am not complaining I am just stating a fact.  They also are only covering $300 per person for air changes which doesnt cover it.  My question was just inquiring if Travel Insurance would cover what they dont.

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I was on the Jade that was interrupted at Thanksgiving and my Travel Insurance (Travel Guard) did pay in addition to what NCL covered.  My advice is to check with your insurer.

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My advice is to check with your insurer.

 

👍  mine too

 

and  . . . . .

 

they put white paint in the dents . . . . unless you know where to look they are invisible . . . .

 

 

Edited by Capt_BJ

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Does anyone know if the tugs that assisted the Epic out of the port were just a precaution or do they still have mechanical issues?

Also, can we tell if the boat is heading for Nassau or the before rumored drydock in Freeport? I'm certainly not an expert but I can't imagine that the repairs needed on the hull and the generators would require drydock that's why I'm asking folks who know a lot more than I do...lol

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I sure would like to know because I cruise this weekend on Saturday and I am praying we still get to go to Tortola and St. Thomas!!! 

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3 minutes ago, Sydneyb95 said:

I sure would like to know because I cruise this weekend on Saturday and I am praying we still get to go to Tortola and St. Thomas!!! 

Yes, we aren't supposed to board until the 7th so I am a little less nervous than you are, but still concerned just the same. I'm going on a trip somewhere on the 7th even if I have to jump on that raggedy casino boat.....lol

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6 minutes ago, My-T-mouse said:

Yes, we aren't supposed to board until the 7th so I am a little less nervous than you are, but still concerned just the same. I'm going on a trip somewhere on the 7th even if I have to jump on that raggedy casino boat.....lol

lol Keep that tude you will have fun no matter what! Was just going to go florida for a week ..found a cruise to Cuba,fits our dates! we are in an inside cabin which we never do! I am thrilled just to be on a cruise!! :)

 

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, My-T-mouse said:

Yes, we aren't supposed to board until the 7th so I am a little less nervous than you are, but still concerned just the same. I'm going on a trip somewhere on the 7th even if I have to jump on that raggedy casino boat.....lol

Oh gosh! You gotta lot more nerve than me last time I was on it, it was definitely raggedy! Lol but yeah I am nervous and even more nervous because I am picking up my engagement ring in St. Thomas they were making it and I am supposed to get engaged so you can only imagine how nervous and worried I am feeling at this moment!!!!! 

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15 minutes ago, My-T-mouse said:

Does anyone know if the tugs that assisted the Epic out of the port were just a precaution or do they still have mechanical issues?

Also, can we tell if the boat is heading for Nassau or the before rumored drydock in Freeport? I'm certainly not an expert but I can't imagine that the repairs needed on the hull and the generators would require drydock that's why I'm asking folks who know a lot more than I do...lol

I'm no expert and I dont know about the tugs except they were there.  But according to Marine Traffic she is cruising down the Fla coast at 14.4 Knts heading to Nas

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3 minutes ago, Sydneyb95 said:

Oh gosh! You gotta lot more nerve than me last time I was on it, it was definitely raggedy! Lol but yeah I am nervous and even more nervous because I am picking up my engagement ring in St. Thomas they were making it and I am supposed to get engaged so you can only imagine how nervous and worried I am feeling at this moment!!!!! 

Wait a minute!!!! You know AHEAD of time that you are getting engaged?? Lol

Congrats!! Also, if you miss it, I will pick it up for you.haha!

 

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24 minutes ago, My-T-mouse said:

Wait a minute!!!! You know AHEAD of time that you are getting engaged?? Lol

Congrats!! Also, if you miss it, I will pick it up for you.haha!

 

Well sort of I picked it out and had it made and it’s ready waiting for me to come get it but now I’m so nervous!!! 😭💔

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It’s my understanding that after a few hundred people got sick from Noro on Oasis last month, 100% of passengers received a full refund. NCL can and should do better than what they’ve offered.

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46 minutes ago, CruisingNole said:

It’s my understanding that after a few hundred people got sick from Noro on Oasis last month, 100% of passengers received a full refund. NCL can and should do better than what they’ve offered.

Yes, RCCL raised the bar on reacting to a ruined cruise.

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57 minutes ago, CruisingNole said:

It’s my understanding that after a few hundred people got sick from Noro on Oasis last month, 100% of passengers received a full refund. NCL can and should do better than what they’ve offered.

 

To me there's a difference between 'health compromised' like with Noro and you didn't get to go to the originally planned itinerary but by what we've heard everyone still had full access to on-board amenities.  

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1 hour ago, Cruz3r4life said:

 

To me there's a difference between 'health compromised' like with Noro and you didn't get to go to the originally planned itinerary but by what we've heard everyone still had full access to on-board amenities.  

To say "health compromised" in regards to norovirus is an overstatement is an underststement.  The virus was reported by less than 10% of the passangers and prevention was at least partially controlled by the actions of the passangers.  The resulting cruise to nowhere was the same.  It was an unusual move by RCCL, but I think it turned out to be a very smart move.  But that's just my opnion.

 

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5 hours ago, Kev_of_Ar said:

Here is on I snapped as she was leaving

epic dent.jpg

why no bondo?

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19 hours ago, ssmea03 said:

My wife just read me your reply and it piqued my interest. Does the ship have DC propulsion motors then, and is this common. I assumed ships with electric propulsion used high voltage 3 phase AC motors controlled by massive freq drives.

At a risk of answering my own question I suppose rectifiers could be an integral part of a massive HV freq drive.

You are correct, the propulsion motors are AC motors, but in order to vary the speed, you vary the frequency, and these are 10k volt, 20+ Mw frequency drives.  There are very large power SCR's in these drives.  Plus, typically, the propulsion motors are dual windings, where each winding is fed from a separate feeder giving half the power of the motor, so there are two separate drives for each motor.  This provides some redundancy, should one switchboard or the other (each engine room feeds a separate switchboard) be damaged.  Under normal conditions these two switchboards are joined together.

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19 hours ago, Outerdog said:

 

I don't know about that. The crash significantly damaged dolphin moorings at the pier. Plenty of people can be seen on their balconies observing the incident.

 

The damage to the ship was relatively minor, okay, but I wouldn't categorize the incident as "a big nothing".

The tops of the dolphins (the concrete platform) is held to the pilings with bolts, and these are not designed to take shear load, especially where you see the first platform rotating, and so these bolts sheared, and the platform dropped off.  And yes, it destroyed the walkways between dolphins, but in terms of typical marine allisions, this wasn't that big a deal, particularly for the ship.

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18 hours ago, MMJMM said:

The moorings were destroyed. But it was like an elephant stepping on a mouse . Nobody on board even noticed until we got off. I talked to the Coast Guard on the pier. It’s a joint CG/NTSB investigation but just some superficial damage to the ship. 

 

What i cant figure out is why the CG let us leave San Juan with engine problems. Whatever. 

The simple fact is that 98% of the world's shipping only have one propeller, and two steering motors.  Epic has two propellers and four steering motors, and left San Juan with one propeller and four steering motors.  If the USCG stopped every ship that only had one propeller, our ports would be empty.  Having one propeller working in no way reduces the seaworthiness of a vessel, but it may require, in some ports (such as US ports, per the USCG), the use of tugs as aids and precautions against further failures, while in constricted waterways.

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11 hours ago, My-T-mouse said:

Does anyone know if the tugs that assisted the Epic out of the port were just a precaution or do they still have mechanical issues?

Also, can we tell if the boat is heading for Nassau or the before rumored drydock in Freeport? I'm certainly not an expert but I can't imagine that the repairs needed on the hull and the generators would require drydock that's why I'm asking folks who know a lot more than I do...lol

 

FWIW...all of the exhaust is coming out of one of the two sides/turrets. I noticed this on the return to Canaveral on the 9th as well, but didn't note which side. Currently exhaust is only coming from the poor side.

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4 minutes ago, CroozFanatic said:

 

FWIW...all of the exhaust is coming out of one of the two sides/turrets. I noticed this on the return to Canaveral on the 9th as well, but didn't note which side. Currently exhaust is only coming from the poor side.

Whichever side the "smoke" is coming from (and it's frequently hard to tell) has nothing to do with whether or not one propulsion motor is working or not.  There are 6 diesel engines, and two boilers that all exhaust up the stack, and it is a common arrangement to have the two boilers and 2 diesels exhaust on one side, and 4 diesels on the other.  Leaving port, you only need 2-3 diesels, and it is "engineer's choice" as to which engines to run.  All the diesels power all the electrical services equally, there are no "port engine" that supplies the port propeller.

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12 hours ago, Kev_of_Ar said:

Here is on I snapped as she was leaving

epic dent.jpg

As I said, this is classified by the surveyors as a "repair at next practicable time" (whenever the ship gets materials staged, manpower arranged, and it doesn't adversely affect the ship's business (schedule)), or a "repair at next scheduled drydock".

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9 hours ago, MrMarc said:

Yes, RCCL raised the bar on reacting to a ruined cruise.

RCCL has always been more generous in inuring expenditures making the company less profitable and increasing the cost for all cruisers.  We were on the Anthem to Bermuda about 18 months ago which got diverted to New England/Canada because of a hurricane. We got 50% refundable OBC. Nice gesture, but totally unnecessary. We knew we signed a contract, that the contract allowed the cruise line to change itineraries, and that we were sailing in hurricane season. We expected nothing. And we would prefer that the cruise lines enforce their contracts and not bend over to every person who cries about a "ruined cruise" and demands compensation. We have been on multiple rescheduled cruises. We have had 2 cruises cancelled this year. We take it all in stride. 

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