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Carnival Ecstasy Listing April 21, 2010

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Ecstasy Severe Listing Over 60 Injured In Gulf Of Mexico

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Carnival Ecstasy Listing April 21, 2010

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Ecstasy Severe Listing Over 60 Injured In Gulf Of Mexico

The Washington Examiner and CBS.com reported, "Miami-based Carnival said the ship safely docked Thursday at its home port in Galveston. The U.S. Coast Guard has been notified about the wayward buoy."

KHOU of Houston, Texas considered the 'source' of information for many of the articles published on sites around the web regarding this incident, started the ball rolling with, "At least 60 of them were injured Wednesday on a Galveston-based Carnival cruise ship when the vessel had to make a sharp turn in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Yucatan Peninsula."

Another of Houston's primary sources, Fox Houston reported, "The Carnival Ecstasy ship was forced to perform a maneuver to avoid a buoy that was adrift and mostly submerged, according to a statement released by Carnival Cruise Lines on Wednesday afternoon..".

Gene Sloan of USA Today reported, "Carnival says the Ecstasy was forced to perform an unusually sharp maneuver to avoid a large buoy that was adrift and mostly submerged, preventing it from being detected by the ship's radar. The maneuver resulted in the ship listing notably to port."Shame on Sloan for publishing this fictional tale. I see a free cruise in his near future aboard a CCL ship.

None of the quoted articles above actually attempt to tell what really happened. They just repeated what the cruise line said and what their bosses told them to say. The text in red above, are actually completely, 100% untruths.

First off, it was not a wayward buoy. Second, the ship was not off the Yucatan Peninsula. In fact it was nowhere near Mexico. Finally, that the buoy was not detected by the radar and that is the reason they didn't know the buoy was there, is such an assine claim, I don't know why any company would think for a minute the public would buy that line.

A Cruise Bruise investigation has exclusively revealed what really happened that day, somebody on the bridge was not doing their job. What we do know about the incident, what everyone should know about this incident are the following facts.

The Ecstasy left Cozumel Mexico at about 4pm Tuesday April 20 to arrive in Galveston at 8am on Thursday.

The ship was at sea on Wednesday around 12:55 in the afternoon when the listing took place.

At 12:55pm, having traveled for approximately 21 hours, with a top speed of 21 knots (24mph), the ship was in the middle of the Gulf Of Mexico, nearly a day of sailing away from land in any direction. The ship was nowhere near the Yucatan Peninsula. Since the last portion of the trip involves a slow path with a pilot and docking, the ship was better than half way at the time of the incident. Total time from Cozumel to Galveston was approximately 40 hours at sea.

The Gulf Of Mexico is an assortment of science projects, most of them comprising the things nightmares are made of. There are zones labeled Industrial Waste Dump Site and there are numerous explosives dumping sites. There are oil and natural gas wells in the midst of designated fish havens and the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Some of the wells are marked by the existence of platforms, others are simply marked by a buoy for future reference.

Scattered throughout the area are an assortment of buoys representing various signals for navigation, history gone wrong, schemes and business ventures in the Gulf. Some of them have been charted for decades.

Since these buoys generally do not move a great deal, subject to the length of the mooring line attached, the location of each buoy is marked on navigation charts, along with all the other obstacles that are both below and above sea level in the Gulf.

On April 21, according to Search And Rescue (SAR) Data, the winds were running around 10 knots, with 5 knots observed and the waves were running at two feet average, with a high of five feet observed. In other words, the seas were calm. But the condition of the sea is not really relevant to this severe listing incident.

Reports from passengers aboard follow the usual range of observations from "nothing happened, didn't notice anything" to "we thought it was the end of the world".

Again, as one Cruise Bruise visitor indicated, the bartenders had been doing their job well, it seemed like a minor incident to some. Of course there are at least 60 people who were aboard, that I am sure would be willing to dispute the severity of the incident.

It was the observation of a few that began to give a clue as to what really happened at 12:55 on April 21. These passengers all said they were watching the ship path on the CCTV and noticed that Ecstasy was heading into the direct path of an object. Some thought the object might have been a sandbar or island. They would get that impression because the object was circular in shape.

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