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Events at Sea by Inspiration

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The events listed have been reported in the public domain or to cruisejunkie by passengers or crew members onboard.  The list is by no means comprehensive.  For that reason it is necessary to be cautious in drawing conclusions from the potentially limited data.  Keep in mind that some companies may be more transparent than others about things that go wrong; conversely, some companies may be better at concealing events and thereby project an appearance that is inaccurate.  With that said, the following list is still interesting, as are the patterns when viewed separately by ship.

13.12.10 Fox News in Tampa reports inclement weather has delayed the ship from docking in Tampa. -- it was due to return to Tampa at 8 a.m. Monday.Although the port remains open, Coast Guard Petty Officer Rob Simpson said seven ships, including the Inspiration, have chosen to anchor 13 to 15 miles offshore. Given rough seas and gusty winds, safe passage under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge was of particular concern, The ship departed Thursday on a regularly scheduled four-night voyage. A five-night sailing,was scheduled to commence today at 4 p.m., but at about that time the cruise line announced that the ship would not sail until tomorrow at the earliest.
Delayed arrival

Bay News 9 reports heavy fog prevented at least seven ships in the Gulf of Mexico from entering the Port of Tampa, including Inspiration (the only cruise ship). The ships are waiting for the Tampa Bay pilot boats to guide the boats into the port. The Coast Guard said there are two issues: the narrow inlet into Tampa Bay under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and also the channel that leads into the port, which is also narrow and requires a pilot for guidance. A fog advisory is in effect for the Bay area until 4 p.m. Carnival doesn't believe the ship will dock until at least 2:30 p.m. It was supposed to arrive about 6 a.m.

Delayed embarkation / disembarkation
16.6.09 Sun Coast News reports crewmembers from a pilot vessel rescued a 46 year old man clinging to a buoy at about 6:50 a.m., about one mile southeast of Mullet Key, in Fort Desoto, in St. Petersburg. He went overboard at 4AM when he slipped after climbing up on a railing to get a better view of the pilot boat. The ship was returning from a four-day cruise. Person overboard - rescued
6.12.08 FROM A PASSENGER: We left the pier a little delayed perhaps 30 minutes @ approx 4:30 instead of the scheduled time of 4:00. Standing in the Atrium after the 1st seating dinner approx 8:30 the ship went dark (pitch black), seemingly losing all power.  At first we thought it was some planned event.  but as it continued we knew this was not the case.  People stuck in between floors in the main glass elevators.  After about 30 seconds emergency lighting came on and flickered off & on for another couple of minutes or so.  Everyone was calm, almost in shock as if we couldn't believe this was happening.  Finally the lights came on and we were back to normal.  I understand the casino had problems as all machines lost power and when reset balances were lost, Stores were closed immediately with use of yellow tape blocking openings I guess to protect against theft.  About a hour passed when the captain made an official announcement that basically said that the ship engineers had diagnosed the problem, it was corrected and all was under control.
Power loss
The ship appears to be having propulsion problems that are affecting port calls. Those interested my wish to check Cruise Critic.
Propulsion problems
Ship prevented from making their call at Grand Cayman Island because of weather conditions. The ship had a day at sea and continued on to their next port of call.
Canceled port call (Weather)
The five day cruise ending today had some issues around a group of 450 alternative lifestyle passengers (swingers).  There is debate about how disruptive the group was ... rather than detail the issues here, go to Cruise Critic if you'd like more information (from different perspectives). Onboard disruptive behaviour
An apparent onshore labour dispute in Cozumel delayed tendering operations for about two hours and caused some shore excursions to be shortened or cancelled.
Delayed tendering
An 82-year old man who was traveling by himself went missing and, based on a note found, is presumed to have committed suicide.
2005 and earlier
According to a report filed with Cozumel's National Marine Park office, at 15:30 hours the Inspiration passed within a meter and a half (60") of a group of 12 divers who were exploring the bottom of reef Paraíso. According to the reports of dive masters with Aqua Safari, the force of the propellers raised sediment so that it was impossible to see the palm of your hand. This situation produced panic among the divers who feared for their lives and risked being sucked up into the enormous propellers.  The incident is being investigated.  The ship's departure was delayed three hours.  (Put more simply, the dive shop explained the situation as follows: The basic theme is the Inspiration fell asleep and went broadside to the wind as the front came in. It came close to broadsiding the Grand Princess at dock, GOT INTO the national park, and put my divers into the waring blender.  It is amazing no one was killed.)

Public Hazard
Strikes barge in Mississippi River -- undamaged and continues on
30.6.02 Problem with propulsion system develops on final leg of cruise; reduced speed and late arrival (3 hours) in New Orleans. Propulsion system

Illness Outbreaks at Sea by Inspiration


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