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First time Sailing in Aus/NZ waters


Ethanol95
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I'm booked for a cruise on Carnival Splendour along the NSW/Queensland coast to Moreton Island. I've heard that crossing the Tasman sea is very rough, but how is it sailing by the coast? I usually sail in covered waters from big Oceans with the largest waves being at 1.2m. Is it likely to be a lot worse?

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4 hours ago, Ethanol95 said:

I'm booked for a cruise on Carnival Splendour along the NSW/Queensland coast to Moreton Island. I've heard that crossing the Tasman sea is very rough, but how is it sailing by the coast? I usually sail in covered waters from big Oceans with the largest waves being at 1.2m. Is it likely to be a lot worse?

It’s pretty protected in the Great Barrier Reef.

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14 hours ago, Ethanol95 said:

Are waters rougher in September - October period?

No that should be a good time.

Around February is the cyclone or typhoon season but September-October is ok.

New Zealand around the bottom and bass straight can get pretty wild.

We were on the ovation to Tasmania once and there was spray going right over the ship.

I think ovation is 18 decks but it wasn’t to bad. Quite exciting.

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12 hours ago, Chiliburn said:

No that should be a good time.

Around February is the cyclone or typhoon season but September-October is ok.

New Zealand around the bottom and bass straight can get pretty wild.

We were on the ovation to Tasmania once and there was spray going right over the ship.

I think ovation is 18 decks but it wasn’t to bad. Quite exciting.

Those must have been some waves! Thanks for the reassurance!

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