Cruise ship operators and captains have wide latitude to change aspects of the cruise due to the weather. The captain can change arrival and departure times, and even ship ports of call all together in order to keep passengers safe. With this kind of policy in place, combined with modern technology – which helps ships know where the worse weather is – it would seem that the days of a cruise ship sailing in hurricane affected waters are long gone. But, passengers aboard the Disney Fantasy cruise ship recently discovered that modern day cruise ships are still susceptible to sailing in rough seas.
Video posted on CNN.com by iReporter tneyedoc2020 shows the rough seas they encountered as a result of sailing through rough seas caused by Hurricane Sandy. The video shows the ship sailing through rough and choppy seas. Also, water apparently entered the cruise ship. It can be seen in the video swishing around on the floor as the ship rocks in the water.
Passengers were largely complimentary of the crew of the Fantasy. The captain even reportedly made an announcement telling passengers that they should go to their rooms because it is safer there.