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    Posted October 28, 2012 by
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    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    'Superstorm' Sandy: Your stories

    tneyedoc2020 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Sandy's damage across the East Coast

    Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship Hammered by Hurricane Sandy

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     What initially started out as a relaxing trip transformed into a torrential night on October 26 as the ship and its passengers endured rough waters created by Hurricane Sandy. Eye doctor David Evans says the video of the rocking cruise ship does not do justice to what they experienced that night.

    'There was a moment in the night where the ship tilted so far to the right that the furniture moved across our room. If you think about how far a 13th story ship has to tilt for furniture to move, it says a lot,' he said. He says the captain of the ship and its crew members were apologetic for the rough waters the ship went through.

    Update: Dr. Evans says that while the final hours of the cruise were frightening, "my wife and I trust the Disney name and the experience of the ship's captain. We are actually taking the same cruise again this summer!"
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The final night of our seven-day cruise aboard the new Disney Fantasy was certainly not magical. Many crew members, some with over ten years of experience on various ships, told us it was the worst night they have ever seen. The video below shows the storm picking up in the early evening hours on Friday followed by progressive rocking of the ship...as seen by the movement of water in the shallow end of the pool. By 12:00 AM Saturday, the ship was being tossed in every direction. The sliding doors to the bedroom in the suite began to quickly slam open and shut. Around 2 AM, 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. Elsewhere on the thirteen-story ship, store shelves were emptied by the increasing power of the storm (aftermath seen in the video).

    Shortly after the most intense moments, the ship's captain announced that all passengers should remain their rooms. Water in the pool shown in the video was emptied into the surrounding areas and into some hallways. The two upscale restaurants (Palo and Remy) had major damage. One exterior door was destroyed near our cabin. Our ship safely docked in Port Canaveral, FL several hours late...but intact.

    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.

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