On Sunday 9th October 2011, our Volunteers @ Sea, Sue & Sheila, boarded the 158,000 tonne Royal Caribbean International giant Freedom of the Seas, before departing on their 7 night Caribbean cruise.
Upon departing from Port Carnveral, Freedom of the Seas encounter a very sever storm, with intensely strong winds and extremely rough seas. The 339 meter long vessel was reported to have listed some 12 degrees to port, then to starboard and back to port again. Waves of 45 feet and winds gusting up to 118mph were recorded.
" The Captain was obviously very busy all week. Even though he came on stage by a side door for repeat cruisers, he gave a speech and left by the side door. He didn't stop to meet anyone. So we went to the pursers desk and the Hotel Manager said he would get it to the Captain. I asked if the Captain had a free moment to email you to say he received it. He said he would. We did the best we could under the circumstances. "
" Although we are obviously very disappointed that our honourable Volunteers @ Sea, Sue & Sheila did not have the opportunity to meet with Captain Rob Hempstead in person to officially present our especially assigned drawing of Freedom of the Seas, we appreciate that they did the very best which they could to, considering the extreme circumstances which occurred during their cruise. "
" I sincerely hope that Captain Rob Hempstead will have the decency to contact us, when he has a moment free and that he was impressed with our especially assigned drawing of Freedom of the Seas. "