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Old 10-29-2012, 07:23 AM   #1
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5 Cruise Ships still out there (Monday 08:00)

ABC (Good Morning America) reports 5 cruise ships still "out there".

Queen Mary 2 is on the way out to England; Carnival has one ship; and 3 others.

Thoughts and prayers for passengers and crew.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:42 AM   #2
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I would suspect that none of these ships are in the storms path at this point. Perhaps a couple of these delayed returning this past weekend? Regardless hope everyone gets home without too much more strife!
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I watched some of those ships leave NY on the ship tracker. The QM headed straight east and is most likely well away from the storm by now. The others (two NCL, one RCI) left NY/NJ before 5 and hugged the coast headed south, steaming as fast as they could to get 'below' the storm cone. They are probably south of the Carolinas by now, still in rougher waters but out of the path of the storm.
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I watched some of those ships leave NY on the ship tracker. The QM headed straight east and is most likely well away from the storm by now. The others (two NCL, one RCI) left NY/NJ before 5 and hugged the coast headed south, steaming as fast as they could to get 'below' the storm cone. They are probably south of the Carolinas by now, still in rougher waters but out of the path of the storm.
Thanks for the update.

Great trepidation on those departures, but all a part of cruising.

If you want 'controlled fear', stick to the Disney theme parks.
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My prayers to all and that they may return home safely.
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Those ships all left NY harbor yesterday early evening. The port/harbor was due to close at 6 p.m. so they had to be out by then (and it's not safe to keep a ship tied up to a pier in a storm). The Carnival Miracle was due to sail today (10/29), but left a day early because of the storm - it ended up being a good decision once the port closing was announced! It was interesting to watch those ships go full steam ahead...usually takes them close to 30 minutes to sail under the bridge. Yesterday they were all making it in close to 15 minutes!
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Thanks for the update.

Great trepidation on those departures, but all a part of cruising.

If you want 'controlled fear', stick to the Disney theme parks.
Indeed. I have cruised a few times and fully expect that there will be times/days when the seas are NOT calm and smooth. Ships are designed and built to take a lot more pounding than passengers are ever expected to experience...even what has been described here...and remain upright and able to sail.

While its true sailing in weather like that is not what cruise lines want their passengers to experience, I still fully believe that no captain is going to take his vessel into waters he feels are unsafe.

I think one of the big problems with ships and Sandy has been the sheer size of the storm. With a cone that spread out over 500 miles, there hasn't been a whole lot of clear 'space' for a ship to find.
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