The Norwegian Dawn cruise ship

Maybe many you have heard about the cruise ship that was struck by a 7 story wave (70 foot wave for those of you who are couting) on its way back to New York. Well, let me tell you, I was on that cruise ship about thirteen months ago. And hearing about that for some reason scared the hell out of me. My senior spring break was on that cruise ship with Melissa and Mr. Kozak (the school teacher), that could have been us! Not that anyone died or seriously hurt, but that is completely scary.

I would not wish an experience like this on anyone else. A little stronger of a wave and that cruise liner would have tipped over. Can someone say The Poseidon Adventure? Well, if you really don’t know what I’m talking about go here: http://imdb.com/title/tt0069113/ and you’ll learn a little about The Poseidon Adventure movie. And if that doesn’t help, go ask your parents about the movie The Poseidon Adventure.

Anyway, here is an article from www.cnn.com with its picture (yes, I’m slowly upgrading–>thanks to flammable):

Damaged cruise ship back in New York

Tuesday, April 19, 2005 Posted: 9:37 AM EDT (1337 GMT)

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NEW YORK (AP) — When a “Boom!” on a cruise ship awoke him, the first thing that crossed passenger Robert Clark’s mind was “the Titanic.”

In a panic, he and his wife and 7-year-old daughter ran to a reception area and found passengers from flooded cabins, bunched together and wearing life preservers — some of them crying hysterically. They soon discovered that the thunderous disruption was a freak 70-foot wave that smashed windows, sent furniture flying and ripped out whirlpools on the Norwegian Dawn.

“We were going back and forth, up and down. And then, ‘Boom!”‘ Clark said.

Clark and his family discussed their ordeal Monday after the Norwegian Dawn, carrying about 2,000 passengers, returned to New York Harbor and docked at its berth on the Hudson River. About 300 other passengers — many from the affected cabins — decided to leave the ship early in Charleston, South Carolina, and drive or fly home.

The 965-foot white ocean liner left New York on April 10 and was sailing back to New York from the Bahamas when it was pounded with heavy seas over the weekend. The Norwegian Dawn docked at Charleston for repairs and a Coast Guard inspection before continuing its voyage to New York.

Norwegian Cruise Line said 62 cabins were flooded and four passengers had cuts and bruises. The wave reached seven stories, as high as deck 10 on the ship, company spokeswoman Susan Robison said.

The cruise line said passenger safety “was in no way compromised by this incident.”

Still, Clark said he was anxious to leave the ship and return to his home in New York City.

“Why would you go through a storm? Can’t they see it coming? I’m trying not to be angry,” said Clark, a radio production manager.

Bill and Ellen Tesauro of Wayne, New Jersey, went to the ship’s casino when the storm began to take their minds off the weather. “That’s when the captain announced that drinks are free all night,” Bill Tesauro told the Daily News. “But then there was another horrendous slap on the water.”

The couple returned to their suite, where a glass table toppled and a desk went flying across the room. Others woke up to find shoes and magazines floating in a foot of water.

“I thought I heard water sloshing around, and then I woke up and saw it, and it was surreal,” Stacy Maryland of Hamilton, New Jersey, told the newspaper.

Passengers got a refund of half the trip’s cost and a voucher for half the price of a future cruise, Robison said.

Crazy crazy ride, I’m sure. Again, I wouldn’t want to be on it.

Here are some pictures from when I was on it:

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I just randomly picked pictures to prove I was on the damn thing. Anyway, now I’m off to do some work before “House” and “Blind Justice” with my two ladies (Melissa and my sis Deanne), which is our Tuesday night ritual.

Later.

–Socram

PS Hey flammable, if you could tell me how to post a link with actually having the link up and being able to write a name for it instead I’ll be very grateful.

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