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Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm

A precautionary tale. If a ship like this, equipped with the best navigational system and weather tracking out there I imagine, can get surprised by a storm like this, it can happen to anyone. Would hate to have been out there in a small craft. Can anyone get info on the actual conditions at the time? Would be interested to see.
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"extreme conditions that were not expected". This storm has been tracking for days. They just elected to stick to a schedule and cross their fingers.
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Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm

A precautionary tale. If a ship like this, equipped with the best navigational system and weather tracking out there I imagine, can get surprised by a storm like this, it can happen to anyone. Would hate to have been out there in a small craft. Can anyone get info on the actual conditions at the time? Would be interested to see.
The winter storms in the North Atlantic are the reason why even Ocean Liners like the Queen Mary 2 ships built for transatlantic crossings don't do trips in winter.

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This winter the winds and seas in the SW N.Atlantic have been 'blasting' all season long. Strong Southerlies/Southerwesterlies interspaced by NW cold fronts every few days and with much higher than normal southerlies immediately before a cold front or a 'trof'. If one didn't get across the Gulf Stream at mid December or New Years Day there was only one brief 'window' since Jan1. The Exumas had hurricane force winds (a full day and a half of 'derecho') during early January and probably only 5-6 days of 10-15 since, the rest of the time its been 25-35+.
Most cruisers in the Bahamas are simply 'hunkered down' and hiding (and there's really not many places to adequately hide from strong southerlies/southeasterlies in the lower Bahamas) ... its been exceptionally cool and cloudy/rainy.
Thank you El Niño. :-(
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This winter the winds and seas in the SW N.Atlantic have been 'blasting' all season long. Strong Southerlies/Southerwesterlies interspaced by NW cold fronts every few days and with much higher than normal southerlies immediately before a cold front or a 'trof'.
Thank you El Niño. :-(
Winter weather fronts are one of the reasons why my gal and I don't book charters in the Bahamas until May. Though last month we were even affected by the Jonas Blizzard while cruising in the Virgin Islands:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: RIDERS ON THE STORM

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Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm

A precautionary tale. If a ship like this, equipped with the best navigational system and weather tracking out there I imagine, can get surprised by a storm like this, it can happen to anyone. Would hate to have been out there in a small craft. Can anyone get info on the actual conditions at the time? Would be interested to see.
At the time of the report the ship was at N32 54.940 W76 40.390, about 96 miles southeast (153º) of Wrightsville Beach, steaming northeasterly (048º) at 10.8 kn and reporting apparent winds of 90 Kn over its port aft quarter.

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At the time of the report the ship was at N32 54.940 W76 40.390, about 96 miles southeast (153º) of Wrightsville Beach, steaming northeasterly (048º) at 10.8 kn and reporting apparent winds of 90 Kn over its port aft quarter.

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Sounds like they are trying to make it as comfortable for the passengers as possible considering the conditions. They are moving away from their first stop the Florida destination. Will be interesting if they will keep their scheduled stops in the Bahamas or skip the Florida stop.

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buoy in the Atlantic about 260 miles south of Cape Hatteras reported wave heights of 30 feet and wind gusts of 74 mph late Sunday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A screen shot of the wind gauge on cabin TVs that a passenger posted on Twitter shows wind speeds of 90 knots, the equivalent of 103 miles per hour.
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Cape Hateras in the middle of winter is easily avoided by sail boats.

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Let's start a collection and buy this for the cruise line;



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Did Royal Caribbean have their 'storm sail' up?
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