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The Viking Sky cruise ship loss power with some frightening results for the 1300 passengers.  See this video around minute mark:

So if you were goingbto take a cruise, how would you prep?

More info:

Cruise ship carrying 1,300 passengers forced to evacuate off Norway

A cruise ship with engine problems sent a mayday call off Norway's western coast on Saturday, then began evacuating its 1,300 passengers and crew amid stormy seas and high winds in a high-risk helicopter rescue operation. The Norwegian newspaper VG said the Viking Sky cruise ship ran into propulsion problems as bad weather hit Norway's coastal regions on Saturday.

Police in the western county of Moere og Romsdal said the ship managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay, between the western Norwegian cities of Alesund and Trondheim, so the evacuations could take place.

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances.


--- Quote from: iam4liberty on March 23, 2019, 04:31:11 PM ---So if you were going to take a cruise, how would you prep?
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Well I think a good survival rule would be- "Don't take a cruise in northern latitudes in March" so I'd never have gone in the first place..;)
Same applies to air travel, i.e. don't fly in bad weather (especially at night) if you can avoid it.
PS- I wonder why the ships engines all failed at the same time? At a guess I'd say the propellers kept getting lifted partially out of the water on the swells and were high-revving in thin air causing them to blow a gasket by overheating.
If that's what happened the captain must take the rap.

Investigation is still underway.  But reports are they took a hit in the middle of a storm losing all oil pressure.  The cargo ship Hagland Captain responded to their mayday and too suffered engine failure in the storm.  So some seriously rough conditions.

Morning Sunshine:

--- Quote from: Gamer on March 27, 2019, 11:22:46 AM ---Well I think a good survival rule would be- "Don't take a cruise in northern latitudes in March" so I'd never have gone in the first place..;)

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we live in such a sanitized world, for the most part.  People are so far removed from the effects of nature - AC in the summer, heat in the winter, snow plows in and after a blizzard, lightening rods on houses, etc, - that the idea that a storm could be so bad it could effect a modern ship is unthinkable.  Not just a foreign idea, but an idea/event so out of modern life that it does not even enter into thought and planning.  It is not just bad planning, it is lack of thought.  Storms that cause ship problems/wrecks are sooo last century, Titanic, Edmund Fitzgerald, etc.  It kind of reminds me of the river cruise last year where the whole family drowned - and not a one of them was wearing a life jacket.

David in MN:
I've been on a cruise ship in a bad storm. Not so bad as this one but we had top deck pools slosh empty, people puking everywhere, and furniture sliding. It's a disaster because you have almost no control.

I had breakfast (most didn't) because I don't suffer motion sickness. But my wife and I worked out the emergency plan. We plopped ourselves just outside the casino (our meeting place for evac) and reviewed safety material. In short we were ready and even some staff noticed our game plan.

As far as goodies go I would feel naked on a cruise without a flashlight.


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