Videos From Hurricane Sandy: A Bumpy Ride Onboard Disney Fantasy

October 29, 2012 | By | 3 Comments

Passengers and crew onboard Disney Fantasy endured 30- to 50-foot waves over the course of 12 hours as the ship made its way to Port Canaveral through Hurricane Sandy. Below are two videos shot during a bumpy ride onboard Disney Fantasy on October 26-27.

These two eyewitness accounts give similar reports of the onboard experience. With winds gusting to hurricane strength and beyond, it probably made for a long night.
Though conditions onboard surely were not 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.”
Agree? Disagree? Weigh in in our comments section.
Watch the videos by clicking below.
“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 to You Tube 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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    3 Responses to “Videos From Hurricane Sandy: A Bumpy Ride Onboard Disney Fantasy”

    1. Elizabeth Barr
      October 29th, 2012 @ 9:14 pm

      Disney Dream was a 3-day “hurricane fest”! I’ve been on nine cruises and by far this was the rockiest cruise I have ever been on. It should never have set sail. Although the Dream did not sustain the damage that Fantasy did, The waves that we endured on October 27, Saturday evening, were phenomenal and definitely the most alarming I have ever experienced In my cruising history.

    2. Christina Chapman
      November 5th, 2012 @ 10:29 pm

      I too was on this cruise along with my 71 year old grandmother who had never been on a cruise before. This cruise was horrible and should have never sailed with the hurricanes expected path. According to a news report Disney knew the ports were closed before the ship even sailed but refused to cancel or reschedule. Most definitely i spent the last night trying to pack my suitcase and was literally crawling on the floor because i could not even stand, thrown out of bed twice and was sick and throwing up. Not any magic in this trip.

    3. Brenda
      November 15th, 2012 @ 7:52 pm

      I am sure that it was very scary and especially so for those that were first time cruisers. However, how many would complain if they had cancelled the cruise? I am sure that just as many would have done that.

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