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Disney Cruise Ship Gets Hammered By Hurricane Sandy [Video]

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A Disney Cruise Ship got hammered by Hurricane Sandy earlier this week as it rushed to return to Port Canaveral.

Cruise Critic reports that the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship sustained some damage from the frightening storm as it attempted to return to port on October 26 and 27. Various reports have stated that the ship was “tossed around” during the storm and that the restaurants, stores, and bars on the ship suffered a lot of damage.

Claire Stopher writes at Staten Island Live:

“The final night of the cruise was terrifying. The damage that was done to the stores, bars and ship was stunning the next morning and very sad.”

A CNN reader filed an iReport, writing:

“By 12:00 a.m. Saturday, the ship was being tossed in every direction… Around 2 a.m., 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… Shortly after, the most intense moments, the ship’s captain announced that all passengers should remain in their rooms. The two upscale restaurants (Palo and Remy) had major damage.”

According to the report, the ship was tossed around by Hurricane Sandy and at one point the ship tilted so far that furniture slid across the room.

The report reads:

“There was a moment in the night where they ship tilted so far to the right that the furniture moved across our room. If you think about how far a thirteenth story ship has to tilt for furniture to move, it says a lot … The captain of the ship and its crew members were apologetic for the rough waters the ship went through … The ship was rising and dropping into the water pretty dramatically, it was really startling at times.”

The Disney Cruise Line admitted that the ship had minor damage on its interior but said that the overall condition of the cruise ship was fine.

Rebecca Peddie, the manager of public affairs for Disney Destinations, told Cruise Critic:

“Overall, the ship is fine and is currently out sailing a seven-night Western Caribbean voyage. We had minor damage involving some cracked windows and some furniture damage that we have addressed.”

A video published by a passenger on the Cruise ship shows a rough sea, apparent flooding by the pool, a gift store that has its merchandise all over the floor, and a few stills from one of the restaurants aboard the ship that had several plates break during the storm.

Here’s a video of the Disney Cruise ship getting hammered by Hurricane Sandy.

According to an iReport filed at CNN, the captain and the crew did their best to comfort passengers during the ordeal. Passengers were also given a 25% discount on their next cruise.

The report reads:

“The captain and crew were amazing despite the harrowing moments we experienced last night. The captain did mention to passengers that the power of the storm exceeded what had been forecast in the area.”

You can see a time-lapse video of Hurricane Sandy here.

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53 Responses to “Disney Cruise Ship Gets Hammered By Hurricane Sandy [Video]”

  1. Lisa Caldwell-Serges

    IDK, I'm kind of curious as to why the Captain would attempt to get back to Port Canaveral if it was that dangerous. Why not sail around it or to another port or stay where they were when the storm was noted to be in the path? It's not like he didn't have all the info about the location and path of the storm. We all did! I guess it depends on where he was (when the the most extreme part of the storm approached) but seems to me that keeping passengers and crew on the ship an extra day in calm waters would have been better than risking lives. I'm sure there was a matter of money but what's more important? Saving lives by staying out longer or making it in the pick up the next group of passengers? According to Disney, apparently we already have the answer. Thank God everyone was alright, passengers and crew.

  2. John R Allen

    the ship isn't fast enough to clear this storm its to large didn't look to bad just a little rockin and rollin unless you get seasick it should have been fun and if disney keeps her maintained as they should no passenger was at all endangered unless they got stupid the vessel looks well found and seaworthy.

  3. Robert Niles

    Big news a ship was rolling in the ocean. Give me a break, I worked on a cruise ship for 6 years, what you see in the video isn't the first time water splashed out of a pool and tee shirts were tossed off the giftshop shelves.

  4. Matt Henderson

    Yawn. The seas really looked tame in this video. And why again was he video'ing? looking for a settlement later on I suppose.

  5. Gregory M. Chin

    During January of 2004, I was on a cruise, on the Disney Wonder, and we had to depart Castaway Cay early to out-race a powerful wind storm that was approaching the island. The Captain didn't want to be docked at the island when it hit, so we all returned to the ship. Once the passengers were all aboard, the departed at flank speed, and we went around the wind storm, skirting around most of the rough seas. The ship was also bobbing up and down while heading for Port Canaveral. The experience was much like walking around in an elevator, while it's going up and down, cutting through the waves. It took four hours to get around the storm, and fortunately there was no damage. Of course, it wasn't quite as severe as this Hurricane Sandy.

  6. Stephanie Herndon

    It isn't about money but sometimes they can't just dock at a different port…it requires space at a port to dock…And with a storm on the way as everyone on here has pointed out I am sure space was limited due to other crusie lines docking…also they just can't just stay an extra day….think about it staying an extra day at sea for some could mean issues with medications that they would run out of….food for everyone on the ship for an extra day….

  7. Frankie Serna

    They knew about this storm 6 days ago. They should have not been out there. But what gets me so angry is their money hungry ways. 25% discount? This is only a scam for passengers to spend more money on another cruise. The cruise its self is already cheap before the discount and an average week that I spent on my last cruise was more than 2,000 bucks. Unbelievable!

  8. Melisa Paddock Pehl

    I was thinking the same thing….I've been on 4 cruises and on one I experienced worse than this and the sun was shining. The captain and cruise line never put anyone in harms way.

  9. Barry Webb

    minor damage? disney always has a "spin" on a situation…ask them about the disneyland's hotel "electronic whip"? those who follow disney (eisner, the mars movie, mars needs moms) know what I am talking about.

  10. Erin Dozois

    I don't know why people insist on sailing in October. My cousin just went on her first cruise last week. I warned her about October… sure enough…

  11. Lee A. Green

    I was recently on the Disney Dream (sister ship to the Fantasy). If the layout is similar, that pool that is overflowing is not as bad as it looks as far as that part is concerned- on the Dream there is a pool with a bar( and bar stools) in it.

  12. Ian Frain

    We were on the carnival dream this past week, which also docks at Port Canaveral. Our captain, or Carnival had made the decision to delay our return for a day until we had calmer seas. Even the "calm" waters we circled until the storm passed were 15-20 feet. Seems like all Disney cared about was getting back into port so they could load up the next group of passengers and not have to refund any money for lost time.

  13. Don Clark

    Thousands have flown through turbulence without any compensation from the airlines. Why should cruise lines have to when the ride is rough when the airlines don't?

  14. Anonymous

    Good thing they have that crazy ginnie from the Costa Concordia driving it! I bet that ship was rolling around like a whore in bed!

  15. Becky Britz

    That's not "apparent flooding by the pool", it is the swim-up bar in the adults- only section of the sun deck and pool. They were just filming to show how rough the water IN the pool was!

  16. Becky Britz

    That's not "apparent flooding by the pool", it is the swim-up bar in the adults- only section of the sun deck and pool. They were just filming to show how rough the water IN the pool was!

  17. Becky Britz

    Stephanie- they always have enough provisions in case of stranding. Might not be 5 star cuisine, but nobody would have starved.

    And if ONE extra day of you trip meant you were out of your medications, then YOU are the idiot for not traveling with enough medications in case of delay.

    The NCL Gem dropped anchor 400 nautical miles south of NYC, well out of the path of the hurricane. They are at sea for at least an extra 2 days beyond their scheduled cruise. Guess what. The guests all have food, water, electricity, and they're MUCH safer at sea than they would be at land.

    So yes, they could have just stayed at sea an extra two days. It's MUCH safer to anchor at sea and get tossed about vs. being moored in a harbor at a pier where the ship could sustain serious damage.

  18. Becky Britz

    Stephanie- they always have enough provisions in case of stranding. Might not be 5 star cuisine, but nobody would have starved.

    And if ONE extra day of you trip meant you were out of your medications, then YOU are the idiot for not traveling with enough medications in case of delay.

    The NCL Gem dropped anchor 400 nautical miles south of NYC, well out of the path of the hurricane. They are at sea for at least an extra 2 days beyond their scheduled cruise. Guess what. The guests all have food, water, electricity, and they're MUCH safer at sea than they would be at land.

    So yes, they could have just stayed at sea an extra two days. It's MUCH safer to anchor at sea and get tossed about vs. being moored in a harbor at a pier where the ship could sustain serious damage.

  19. Becky Britz

    Hurricane season runs May-November. That's over half the year. Unless you're flying to Europe to cruise, or only sailing Alaska and Hawaii, you've got a 50/50 shot of hitting hurricane weather. It's unusual to have such a strong hurricane this late in the year- normal peak activity is September.

  20. Becky Britz

    Lee- exacty. It's the "swim up bar" in the adult area. I'm pretty sure they filmed it to just show the pitch of the ship.

    We were on the Dream in the peak of hurricane season. We sat on the deck for an hour watching the ship list and pitch with water flowing out of the Mickey Pool onto the deck.

  21. Valerie Ott

    It's "very sad" that some crap fell off the shelves on a multi million dollar corporate cruise ship? Sounds like Claire needs to get her priorities straight.

  22. Julian Allen

    I know its not Disney's fault there was a hurricane but there was several day's notice. A 25% discount off their next Disney Cruise is pretty skimpy considering the passengers had to spend several hours under duress in their cabin.
    But not too surprising Disney is about the shareholder's profits – not the wonderland it all was under Walt.

  23. Julian Allen

    the Corporate Captain put $$$ first. Gotta keep them shareholders happy. Yeah they owe the passengers. Captain was an idiot

  24. Wendy Goings

    Melisa Paddock Pehl I was there and it was horrible, we were on the 7th deck, as the night progressed so did the tilting and rocking, our things flew off the counters and glass was broken, after the second time we stowed everything in the drawers that we could. In the meantime the crew was having to deal with cleaning up glass from the freshly set tables in the dining rooms till 4am they didn't get any sleep that night. Supposedly during a hurricane a ship is the safest place to be, that is as long as the ship stays out of the storm's path. I have been on two other Disney cruises and everytime they haul butt back to port to make the turn around, the first time we had 10 foot swells in May and that was scary enough. Guess I need to find a new line to cruise. If you weren't there don't tell me how I should feel about it! They are lying about the damage because we heaard thsi horrible noise and then the engines went full stop, when we got to Port the next morning a huge ship (not a tug) came over to work on the Fantasy.

  25. Wendy Goings

    We were on the Wonder in May of that year too! Once we left Castaway Cay it was as if the full speed ahead sign was lit. I wonder if the captain gets a bonus for bringing the ship in on time for the passenger changeover?

  26. Wendy Goings

    Thank you for your comment, We were on the Fantasy and everyone seems to think we are hallucinating the severity of the storm. There were other video recordings of the water sloshing on the decks from the pools but they seem to be disappearing as if someone were trying to hide them from the public.

  27. Wendy Goings

    Then I guess the people that schedule cruises to go out DURING the hurricane season are really the MORONS in this situation then. I mean don't they realize they shouldn't schedule them at all????? I had a great time and enjoyed my Anniversary till that last night oh but I guess I should have celebrated my October anniversary in January that makes much better sense, oh wait I forgot my husband had some vacation time comnig to him that he needed to use, yeah lets see if we can spend his vacation snowed in at the airport in December, at least it's not HURRICANE season!!!! Next time I'll bring my satellite TV so I can watch the Weather channel on my vacation and when the weather turns bad I'll lead a dang mutiny to make sure the captain doesn't play rodeo round up with a friggin hurricane how about that!!!!!!!!!!!!