The videos below are just two of what are likely to have been loads of smart-phone recordings shot during a bumpy ride onboard Disney Fantasy on the 26 and 27 October, when the ship sailed through Hurricane Sandy.
These two separate eye-witness accounts give similar reports of ship, passengers and crew enduring 30-50 foot waves over the course of 12 hours as the ship made its way to Port Canaveral. With winds gusting to hurricane strength and beyond, it probably made for a long night.
Though conditions onboard were surely not exactly enjoyable, at least one of the cruisers on our forums played down the severity of the event. As SeaUs said, “To those of us who have cruised in some rough weather, that was nothing.”
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–”This was taken Oct 26 at 5:30, just hours before passengers on board the cruise spent 12 hours in winds reaching 80 miles a hour and 30-50 foot waves,” writes Jennifer McCarthy, the videographer. You can overhear her understated take on the ordeal in the video when she says, “Not a fun day to be on a boat.”
–Passenger Keri Suess posted this video on YouTube of her son giving a tour of some of the damage onboard Disney Fantasy.
“This video was taken onboard the Disney Fantasy on October 27th in the early morning hours,” she says. “My son was amazed at all the damage that the storm did to the ship! According to the crew, we endured over 12 hours of 20-50 foot waves and up to 80 mile/hour winds. It was quite possibly the worst night of our lives. What was the captain thinking when he sailed a ship full of small children into such a powerful storm??”
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