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CompUser
Jul 21, 2006, 12:35 AM
PORT CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- A steering problem caused a new cruise ship to roll abruptly Tuesday, throwing passengers and crew to the deck and injuring dozens, including two critically, officials said.

One passenger said seawater flooded several upper decks of the Crown Princess, forcing water from a swimming pool "like a mini-tsunami," and breaking windows and furniture.

The vessel, with about 3,100 passengers and 1,200 crew, had just departed Port Canaveral on Florida's east coast en route to New York when it listed badly to its left side, said Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer James Judge. He said the ship reported problems with its steering apparatus.

The ship then righted itself before returning to port, where the Coast Guard said all passengers and crew had been accounted for.

Besides an adult and a child who were critically hurt, 12 people were seriously hurt and about 70 had lesser injuries, said Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Watson.

Thirty-three people were taken to hospitals, he said. Most had bruises and minor back and neck injures.

Tom Daus, 32, was sunbathing on the ship's upper deck when the ship began to list.

"It became very disastrous because ... tables, glasses, lounge chairs went flying," he told The Associated Press in a cell phone interview. "I was just holding on for dear life onto the banister of the ship."

Daus, of New York City, said several of the upper decks were flooded and the elevators were inoperable. Gym equipment flipped over, TVs fell off their shelves and shattered glass was strewn across the deck, he said.

"The water came gushing out of the pool like a mini-tsunami," he said. "It was really scary. People who were in the pool were shoved out."

Daus said most of the injured he saw were senior citizens being taken out on wheelchairs or stretchers. The remaining passengers were mostly calm, despite the chaos, he said.

Bonnie Storie, 50, of Rochester, New York, was traveling with her husband and teenage son. "It felt like (the ship) was going to fall over," she said. "It was shocking."

Chris Broadbent, a 33-year-old honeymooner from New York City, said Tuesday night's movie on the ship was supposed to be "Titanic."

Stan Payne, CEO of the Canaveral Port Authority, said the cruise line wanted passengers to wait until other lodging could be arranged, but were free to leave the vessel if they wanted. He said the ship would remain in port for several days.

Princess Cruises, one of 12 brands operated by Miami-based Carnival Corp., said it was investigating the cause of the incident.

Before leaving Port Canaveral, the ship has just completed a nine-day Western Caribbean cruise, she said. The 113,000-ton ship began sailing a month ago and was making its fourth voyage.

"We deeply regret this incident, and are doing everything we can to make our passengers as comfortable as possible under these difficult circumstances," company spokeswoman Julie Benson said.

Martha Stewart christened the Crown Princess last month before it embarked on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean from its home terminal in the New York borough of Brooklyn.




That is really really strange. My neighbors were on that cruise, luckly they did not get hurt other than a few bumps and bruises.

OutThere
Jul 21, 2006, 02:29 AM
Sounds like one of those really rare freak accidents you don't want to be a part of...

Usually cruises are extremely safe.

Ships in general have the best safety record of pretty much all transportation methods.

iMeowbot
Jul 21, 2006, 02:36 AM
Oh joy, and with absolutely no clue as to why the ship did that, its owners have sent it to New York, to be put right back into service! link (http://www.nbc6.net/news/9551280/detail.html) :eek:

Thomas Veil
Jul 21, 2006, 05:28 PM
Oh joy, and with absolutely no clue as to why the ship did that, its owners have sent it to New York, to be put right back into service! link (http://www.nbc6.net/news/9551280/detail.html) :eek:Where do they hire the guys who make these decisions? FEMA? NASA?

killuminati
Jul 21, 2006, 06:32 PM
That must have been awkward for the people on the nude sunbathing deck.

xsedrinam
Jul 21, 2006, 06:52 PM
Martha Stewart christened the Crown Princess last month before it embarked on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean from its home terminal in the New York borough of Brooklyn.
Well, there you have it.

CubaTBird
Jul 21, 2006, 07:36 PM
Woah a real life Posidon. Well almost, thank god no one was seriously hurt.

dmw007
Jul 21, 2006, 08:56 PM
Wow, that had to be a rather scary experience! :eek:


I am glad that nothing like that happened on my last cruise. :)

aristobrat
Jul 21, 2006, 10:02 PM
http://www.local6.com/news/9542440/detail.html

"We are also told that the ship listed or leaned about 38 degrees. In another five degrees, it would have actually flipped over."

"Ironically, the movie they were going to show (Wednesday) night was Titanic," Forbes said.

rontheancient
Jul 23, 2006, 02:03 AM
This ship uses the old propeller and rudder design instead of the new "azipod" technology which could have attributed to the accident. I still dont know why Princess doesnt switch to azipods on their new ships.

dmw007
Jul 23, 2006, 08:12 AM
This ship uses the old propeller and rudder design instead of the new "azipod" technology which could have attributed to the accident. I still dont know why Princess doesnt switch to azipods on their new ships.


Well, perhaps they will now seriously considering switching to the new rudder design.

REDSRT4
Jul 25, 2006, 11:07 AM
i was actually planning on a cruise in sept i sure hope this does not happen

monkeydo_jb
Jul 25, 2006, 11:25 AM
I think it was Nessy...

iGary
Jul 25, 2006, 11:28 AM
This ship uses the old propeller and rudder design instead of the new "azipod" technology which could have attributed to the accident. I still dont know why Princess doesnt switch to azipods on their new ships.

Money....and azipods can lose their minds, too. Boats have been steered with rudders for thousands of years, just because it didn't have the latest and greates did not attribute anything to the accident.

Mac_Freak
Jul 25, 2006, 04:00 PM
Geez, a boat rocks a bit and all people go crazy :D
yeah, yeah, I know it should not happen to the boat of that size. It is good that no one has fallen over the board.

IJ Reilly
Jul 25, 2006, 05:24 PM
I'm guessing something got fouled up with the wave dampers. I'm not entirely sure how they work, but I believe they're huge counterweights located near the keel of the ship that shift to reduce the rolling of the ship. If they got stuck in the wrong position, I can see a ship listing.

exabytes18
Jul 25, 2006, 06:19 PM
Maybe some pirates were to blame. :)

aristobrat
Jul 26, 2006, 09:21 AM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13983241/

Human error, ... bad officer. :eek:

Tanglewood
Jul 26, 2006, 07:18 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13983241/

Human error, ... bad officer. :eek:

This is the second boating accident I've heard of in the last year that resulted from human error. APL Panama (http://www.ilwu.org/longshore/stranded_vessel.cfm) anyone (granted it was a cargo ship and not a cruise ship).

WildCowboy
Jul 26, 2006, 07:37 PM
So did it list 15 degrees or 38 degrees? Big difference between the two...

ReanimationLP
Jul 27, 2006, 12:54 AM
Heheheheh.

Cruise.

Maybe it had to do something to do with Tom Cruise. >:P

Damn Scientlogists.

aristobrat
Jul 27, 2006, 03:40 PM
Actually, there were a bunch of left-leaning liberals on that particular cruise. Thank you, thank you, I'll be in town all week. <bows>

exabytes18
Jul 28, 2006, 02:57 AM
Actually, there were a bunch of left-leaning liberals on that particular cruise. Thank you, thank you, I'll be in town all week. <bows>

You mean pirates right? Of course! I couldn't agree more with you. ;)