jasoncapecod wrote:Just curious, was sea sickness a problem with your shipmates?
That last day Nov. 19 was a real rock and roller with hurricane force winds. Quark personnel who are there the whole Antarctic cruising season said it was one of the worst days they have ever seen in the Drake Passage. People usually lie low in their cabins when it's like that. Like Liz here.
But of course we're skiers (i.e. adrenaline junkies) and want to see what's happening. As seen in the video some people went out on deck. Quark had to round them up and insist that no one go outside. After breakfast lots of us went up to view the scene and take pictures from the bridge. Most of that video was taken there.
There was a massive rogue wave about 11AM. Most of those people in the bridge were thrown to the floor, even those sitting down. Liz and I were in the 4th floor library trying to use the computer. The large table we were sitting at swung out into the middle of the room. Liz' chair hit a fixed table there and fell to the floor. I was not so lucky. My chair with me in it was thrown over half the width of the ship and I hit the back of another chair on my right side with hard force. Here's the souvenir battle scar today, 13 days later.
Pain in my right ribs was quite intense, but due to my 2008 experience I sucked in a deep breath and was reassured when the pain did not increase. I did spend the rest of the day on my bed in my cabin instead of preparing these TR's as I had intended. The dining room was closed for lunch as one of the waiters was in the kitchen during the wave hit and suffered a broken arm and head gash. We were in the Beagle Channel by 6PM so dinner was served normally. I was taking ibuprofen liberally for a few days but the injury did not interfere with our Patagonia hikes over the next 10 days.
With regard to seasickness I have never had it on a ship and Liz only once on a liveaboard dive boat in the Coral Sea. But given the reputation of the Drake Passage we used the prescription patches and were glad we did. Most people took precautions and while we heard some people were sick those people tended to stay in their rooms. The dining room was full at meals during both crossings so I guess only a small minority really suffered much.