Viking Sky is in trouble, passengers abandoning ship

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I really hate to be writing this, I hope everyone makes it to land safely and that the ship ends up okay! Some of you know that I sailed Viking Sky last summer with my mom, and it was the best cruise of my life. Probably the best trip overall of my life. The ship and its crew holds such a special place in our hearts and we're praying everything turns out okay!

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I just got a news feed for this. I'm sure that Viking will do right for the passengers. Reasonable folks will see it as an adventure. One engine back up and running was the latest and they were trying to restart the other.

OMG...that's..indescribable. and yes, hope everyone got off with no injuries. doing that kind of thing in rough seas can be...rough....

And it raises the old old question of just how effective the nonsense that passes for muster drills on most ships really is. That ship is considered small nowadays with 1000 or so passengers. wonder what would have happened to a megaship (4-6k passengers) with no engines under the same circumstances. nothing good i'll bet.

Oh my, praying for all involved.

Trying to get more up to date info..supposedly only 100 people were evac'ed, and they got one engine started, and were able to move further offshore. That helps, but does it mean they stopped evacuating, or had difficulty in proceding because of weather?

without knowing more, its all just speculation..but what is the probability of losing BOTH engines (and I assume all power onboard)?? a mechanical glitch?...or a computer problem? think BOEING.

They are still evacuating. I saw someone say they will continue to do it into the night, which sounds terrifying.

You never do know what can happen ,do ya? Hopefully all things work towards a happy ending for all involved.

Ouch----Heck of a way to disembark, by helicopter, in the middle of a gale. Almost 1000 guests. Prayers for all involved. https://www.apnews.com/e77902e765f142dca749301f665f86cf
This Viking Sky adventure reminds me of 1980 and the Holland America Line, Prinsendam (The then Prinsendam). The Prinsendam caught fire in the Gulf of Alaska in October of that year, it was southwest of Yakutat at the time. A super tanker from Valdez was nearby and with US Coast Guard helicopters was able to save all. The tanker returned to Valdez along with a lifeboat and all passengers and crew, somewhere over 600. The life boat is in the Valdez museum today. There were 87 on board this lifeboat for a time, its max capacity was sixty. The fire continued to get worse and not long after it sank. Here are pictures I recently took in Valdez. One is of the lifeboat at the museum (Check out the lifeboat they used then, the passengers had to do the propulsion work. One is a painting of the sea rescue.

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Iron men and wooden ships is one thing from back in the day...amazing that happened not all that long ago..picture folks trying that on a megaship, in todays world.

Interesting....Who gets off first??? Sick, lame and lazy; women first then men???? Who knows who are men or women. Like Titanic rich slobs first then steerage???

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