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I just got a call from a friend who is currantly on the Norweigan Dawn. She said they had 7 foot seas last nite, but the swaying of the ship was quite bad. She is very sea sick. Is this usual for this ship to sway so badly in 7 foot seas? or perhaps it was the wind. Does this ship have the stabilizers?

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All modern cruise ships have stabilizers. They only help against rolling though. Most people are so use to the Caribbean which is pretty smooth, that they're usually not prepared for the Atlantic Ocean. Don't care how big the ship is or how high tech the stabilizers are, you're still going to get a fair amount of bouncing around. When I was in the navy there were times when we took 25-30 degree rolls for a couple days, now that's fun.


Take care,


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Yes, stabilizers are designed to minimize roll, and do no good for controlling fore/aft pitch.


Truth be known, they will be retracted in heavy seas, as they tend to act like diving planes on a submarine, and can pull the ship down by the bow. That is not a good thing for a surface ship!


The stabilizers also cause a lot of drag and have a very bad effect on fuel consumption, so the Chief Engineer often advises retracting them.

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We were on the Spirit last February out of NYC and went expecting some pretty heavy seas on the ride south and back along the Atlantic coast. It didn't happen. The ocean was perfectly calm and the Spirit is a smaller ship than the Dawn. I guess that it's just the luck or lack of when sailing from NYC. We're on the Dawn, Dec. 17th and will be ready for whatever comes our way.

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I was on the Dawn in June this year and the year prior was on the Constellation out of Bayonne NJ in Nov. Both were ok but I did notice

more movement in November. I think that weather fronts come from

a somewhat different direction in Nov-Mar and therefore you tend

to have higher seas and more movement. Takes some pills and you

should be fine.

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We were on the Dawn last week and had 16 foot seas during the trip back.


There were a few people who felt a bit ill but in my opinion the ship was steady as a rock.


The outside decks were closed due to high winds but nothing on board was moving around. The shows were all on time, only the pool deck (outside) activities were canceled.


Inspector Gadget

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