Cruise ship encounters heavy seas in Drake Passage, loses power to one engine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9e5xTdG_3M Check out this video of the Antarctic cruise ship, Clelia II, as it "limps" back to Argentina in heavy seas.  The vessel, with 100 passengers and 60 crew, lost power to one engine after being hit by a massive wave while transiting the Drake Passage on its way back from the Antarctic Peninsula. The Clelia II is operated by Polar … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Cruise ship Pacific Sun hits rough seas

For those of you that have been following this blog long enough know that cruise ships + foul weather = bad news for the passengers and crew.  Although the video has just hit the web, the incident occurred in August 2008 when P&O's Pacific Sun cruise ship encountered 23ft. seas and 50 knot winds about 400 miles off the coast of New Zealand. Having worked a brief stint in … [Read more...]

Huge Wave Hits Cruise Ship.

Huge wave hits cruise ship. Amateur video taken aboard a cruise ship shows a massive wave smashing windows and flooding parts of the vessel. Two passengers died and 14 were injured when the wave struck the ship which was sailing near Spain Wednesday. (March 4) The huffingtonpost.com goes on to tell us this about the deadly waves. BARCELONA, Spain — The Mediterranean … [Read more...]

More Hazardous Weather for Cruise Ship Passengers

So the cruise ship industry may be able to offer the lowest prices in 20 years, but one thing that they cannot control is the weather and unfortunately passengers usually have to find this out the hardway.  Well that was the case anyway for the some 300 passengers aboard the CTMA-Vacancier that got stuck in thick ice for nearly 24 hrs in the mouth St. Lawrence River.  Canadian … [Read more...]