QE headed for Vigo?

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QE, bound for Southampton, seems to have changed course and be heading for Vigo with an expected arrival of 20.45. I don't think (could be wrong!) that this was scheduled. Can anyone offer an explanation? Medical emergency or technical problem?
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She is just arriving now
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Originally posted by Froxfield
QE, bound for Southampton, seems to have changed course and be heading for Vigo with an expected arrival of 20.45. I don't think (could be wrong!) that this was scheduled. Can anyone offer an explanation? Medical emergency or technical problem?
You got my attention with this post. I have no explanation, but definitely not a scheduled stop based on any currently posted itinerary. An examination of her past track shows QE altered course from a northerly track to a northeast track toward Vigo at about 15:30 UTC. As Lanky Lad has just posted, she is now pulling up alongside the dock in Vigo as I post this reply.
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She is leaving, so it looks like it was either dropping someone off, or picking something up.
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She was there for just under an hour in total.



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Thanks, Lanky Lad. I too saw on Marine Traffic that QE had left. I'm guessing "medical".
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That seems the most likely answer, but hopefully we will get to know from someone on board.
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Hi. I am currently on The QE. We made a detour to Vigo for a medical emergency as the patient was too ill for a helicopter evacuation - No word as to wether we will be arriving back in Southampton on time yet.


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Thanks for the update, my thoughts are with the patient and his / her family.
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Mine too. We had another medical emergency in Rhodes, a small fire after Katakolon and a 5 hour delay in Piraeus for a electrical problem so all in all and eventful voyage this time.


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Originally posted by DarrenBG
Hi. I am currently on The QE. We made a detour to Vigo for a medical emergency as the patient was too ill for a helicopter evacuation - No word as to wether we will be arriving back in Southampton on time yet.

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Thanks for the update, DarrenBG. Wow, that has been an eventful voyage!

For what it's worth, AIS is currently reporting an ETA for QE in Southampton of 8:45am local time on October 25 which would be 2 hours 15 minutes behind schedule. Now the information provided by AIS is certainly not gospel and has been known to be off by quite a bit in the past. Of course any updates you receive on board will be more reliable. Just reporting what I am seeing at the moment.

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Thanks for the update.
Hopefully Captain Inger will put her foot down as I have a taxi booked for 9:00

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I hope you make your taxi Darren and thanks for the update.
What an eventful trip
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Thank you, Darren, for your confirmation of our guesses. Thoughts are with the unfortunate patient and his/her family. Unfortunately, this sort of thing seems to be a not uncommon part of cruise life. I hope the patient will make a full recovery.
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[quote=bluemarble;54380246]Thanks for the update, DarrenBG. Wow, that has been an eventful voyage!

For what it's worth, AIS is currently reporting an ETA for QE in Southampton of 8:45am local time on October 25 which would be 2 hours 15 minutes behind schedule. Now the information provided by AIS is certainly not gospel and has been known to be off by quite a bit in the past. Of course any updates you receive on board will be more reliable. Just reporting what I am seeing at the moment.




AIS information which should be imputed by the ship usually gives an ETA to the pilot station of the destination, in which case it would be75-90 minutes later from the Nab, which looking at her track with a 1530 detour might be correct, Vigo to Southampton having just checked Reeds and some charts is about 650 miles so she might make up time
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Originally posted by sogne
AIS information which should be imputed by the ship usually gives an ETA to the pilot station of the destination, in which case it would be75-90 minutes later from the Nab, which looking at her track with a 1530 detour might be correct, Vigo to Southampton having just checked Reeds and some charts is about 650 miles so she might make up time
Thanks for the clarification, sogne. I did not realize the ETA entered into AIS on the ship is the ETA to the pilot station, not to the terminal.

QE is currently doing about 19.5 knots. When I do some rudimentary calculations from her current position using marinetraffic's "waypoint" feature, the best I can come up with is an ETA to the Nab of about 8:00am local time at that speed. So it's not looking too good from here for an on time arrival into Southampton unless I have miscalculated (which is highly likely) or she is able to increase her speed. Time will tell.

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Thanks all for the updates, we have been informed that we will be at the Nab Tower around 8:30 and in Ocean Terminal around 11:00, not sure how this will affect the next voyage departure time after ours.

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Originally posted by DarrenBG
Thanks all for the updates, we have been informed that we will be at the Nab Tower around 8:30 and in Ocean Terminal around 11:00, not sure how this will affect the next voyage departure time after ours.

Regards


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we experienced this on a Baltic cruise last year arrived 1100, departure for next cruise was delayed until around 1800
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Thanks again for the update Darren, it looks as if we have a few CC regulars on the next cruise down to the Canaries.
I hope tomorrow isn't too chaotic in Southampton.
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Originally posted by Host Hattie
Thanks again for the update Darren, it looks as if we have a few CC regulars on the next cruise down to the Canaries.
I hope tomorrow isn't too chaotic in Southampton.
Yes I am on QE tomorrow staying in hotel tonight so wondering what time we will have to check in and if it will be delayed and wondering if it is what to do.