Rough WeatherI received emails this weekend that the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas was hit with rough weather. The cruise ship is sailing on its 14 night re-positioning cruise to Port Canaveral.

Two lifeboats on deck 4 were reportedly dislodged and water crashed through glass doors and flooded the interior of the ship. Allegedly the water temporarily disabled the aft elevators. These are are some of the things I am being told. 

A Cruise Critic member is leaving comments on the Cruise Critic message boards. You can see some dramatic photos of the rough weather here (I’m feeling sea sick just looking at them) and of the lifeboat damage here.  

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  • Tim

    I like cruising but I will never do one of those repositioning cruises across open ocean. There is too much time for bad weather to develop.. normal thunderstorms in the Caribbean can be bad enough. In my non-expert opinion, these ships are very top heavy and do not have the same deeper V hull as ocean liners.

  • Karl

    Thank god I’m not still there…..

  • sail bear

    Is the explorer of the seas returning early to repair the damage done when hit by a “rogue wave” today? Will it require a short dockside/repair period to repair the damage done? Will it delay the next scheduled sailing and the one out of port canaveral on 15 Nov?

  • Codewize

    Tim, repo cruises are not the only ones that sail the open seas. I have almost 200 nights at sea, most of them on Explorer out of Bayonne.

    I was on this voyage and I was also on Explorer in 2008 for a voyage that RCI deemed “the worst storm Explorer has ever been through.”

    The fact is when sailing down the coast you’re in open waters. Usually 400 – 600 miles off shore, therefore things can and will happen.

    Now lets talk about ships. The traditions deep V design is non conducive to getting ships in an d out of small ports. New designs don’t mean less stable they mean more efficient and less draft. The only difference that remains between an “ocean liner” and a “cruise ship’ may be the thickness of the hull material

    In order to be certified to carry passengers a cruise vessel must be able to recover from a 48 deg list without human intervention. RCI ships and their crews are safer than ever and fully capable of weathering any storm. I know, I’ve been there.
    From Viking Crown Lounge. Yes, that’s water coming over Deck 11.

    http://s204.photobucket.com/user/codewize/media/Vacations/Southern%20Caribbean%202007/035.jpg.html?sort=3&o=4

    http://s204.photobucket.com/user/codewize/media/Vacations/Southern%20Caribbean%202007/037.jpg.html?sort=3&o=2

    The bottom line is that the ocean and mother nature can be very violent. If you’re not comfortable with that you should stay on land. If you want to sail out of Miami and tool around the Caribbean without incident then maybe cruising isn’t for you.