Storms bring drama on the high seas

Sep 30, 2004
Author: P&S

Four hurricanes in quick succession in the Caribbean have played havoc with cruise operations and caused more than a little discomfort for passengers.

A number of cruise operators are reporting difficulties experienced during the storms with Carnival Corp saying the hurricanes will impact on its annual earnings.

Several lines including the two largest operators Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Cruises experienced disruption to their cruises.

Meanwhile the Holland America Line cruise ship Rotterdam suffered an inexplicable engine breakdown while on a cruise between Ireland and Canada that took her to the outer fringes of Hurricane Karl last week Friday (24 September 2004).

The 59,652-gt ship lost power in all four engines, leaving the ship at the mercy of the seas in 15m swells and with the ship tilting 20 degrees as the electrical systems and stabilisers also failed.

Some passengers told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation the trip turned into a ‘cruise from hell’ but a spokesman for Holland America claimed the ship was never in any danger and said that none of the injuries suffered was life threatening.

An investigation into the cause of all four engines failing together is underway.

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