Monday, October 29, 2012

Disney Fantasy Hammered By Sandy

Last Friday, I reported some news regarding our friends who were leaving on the Disney Fantasy for their 7-day cruise. Their boarding and departure were delayed quite a bit due to the choppy waters and the nasty weather from Hurricane Sandy.

What we didn't know was that the cruise right before that one had a harrowing experience pulling into Port Canaveral.

The final night of our seven-day cruise aboard the new Disney Fantasy was certainly not magical. Many crew members, some with over ten years of experience on various ships, told us it was the worst night they have ever seen. The video below shows the storm picking up in the early evening hours on Friday followed by progressive rocking of the seen by the movement of water in the shallow end of the pool. By 12:00 AM Saturday, the ship was being tossed in every direction. The sliding doors to the bedroom in the suite began to quickly slam open and shut. Around 2 AM, 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. Elsewhere on the thirteen-story ship, store shelves were emptied by the increasing power of the storm (aftermath seen in the video).

Yowzah! I wonder if the ship really should have tried to dock that day rather than wait it out for another day. I know it will mess up people's cruise plans, but it doesn't sound as if this was  a wise decision.

I hope our friends who are on the Fantasy right now do not encounter anything near that.


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