Disney Cruise Ship Hammered By Hurricane Sandy (Video)Monica Bielanko
I can think of no place worse to weather a hurricane than on a cruise ship with children. (That’s a lot of throw up, ya’ll.)
It’s what happened to a bunch of people on a Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship that got stuck in Hurricane Sandy Friday while trying to beat the storm to Florida.
Passengers on the ship told several media outlets, including CNN, that the ship was tossed around in the storm with water slopping out of the pools and into hallways. Apparently at one point the ship tilted so far to one side that the furniture slid all the way across the room and crashed into walls.
According to IBTimes.com “the ship was being violently tossed from side-to-side, furniture went flying, and glassware shattered.The next morning, when passengers got a good look at the destruction, according to The Inquistr, they said the damage to restaurants stores and bars was stunning.
A CNN reader filed an iReport, writing:
“By 12:00 a.m. Saturday, the ship was being tossed in every direction… Around 2 a.m., there was a violent tossing of the ship from side to side and most of the furniture was overturned in our room. All of the glassware was shattered as it hit the ground… Shortly after, the most intense moments, the ship’s captain announced that all passengers should remain in their rooms. The two upscale restaurants (Palo and Remy) had major damage. There was a moment in the night where they ship tilted so far to the right that the furniture moved across our room. If you think about how far a thirteenth story ship has to tilt for furniture to move, it says a lot … The captain of the ship and its crew members were apologetic for the rough waters the ship went through … The ship was rising and dropping into the water pretty dramatically, it was really startling at times.”
Even though it was a rough ride for many passengers, Rebecca Peddie, the manager of public affairs for Disney Destinations, told Cruise Critic:
“Overall, the ship is fine and is currently out sailing a seven-night Western Caribbean voyage. We had minor damage involving some cracked windows and some furniture damage that we have addressed.”
“It was really startling at times,” a passenger told CNN. “But the crew was doing the best they could. Many crew members, some with over 10 years of experience on various ships, told us it was the worst night they have ever seen.”
The ship ultimately docked safely in Port Canaveral, Florida. Disney reportedly gave all passengers a 25 percent off discount for their next cruise. Still, I’m glad I wasn’t on that cruise. Below is video from a passenger showing just how scary it was during the storm and how bad the damage was as they disembarked:
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