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Infinity visited the Falkland islands today and apparently the refueling tender hit one of the lifeboat davit/lifts and damaged it….so it can’t be retracted and they can’t pick up the last lifeboat. The decision has been made to leave the lifeboat here, and theoretically secure the davit. We were supposed to leave at 6PM. It is now 9:30 and there are 8-10 men on deck under the huge davit but no one working on it. It is apparently unsafe to travel with the davit that way….so we are, for the time being, stuck….in a port with no facilities...and this doesn't look like something that can be repaired onboard....it's a very large boom.

Not sure how this is going to work itself out…but it isn’t looking good. We await further word from the captain.

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Oh My! I hope they can fix it and you continue on without too much more interruption or delay. I also hope the repairs do not impact the next sailing as I will be there.

 

If you have any pictures of the damage, please post them.

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Fingers crossed that there is a timely solution to this problem and you are able to continue on your sailing shortly.

 

They should double up on your chocolates this evening!

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WOW - this is amazing. Hopefully it can be repaired soon. We are on the next sailing so will be watching closely to see the status.

 

Nancy:)

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Thanks so much for the updates.

They are of special interest to us because our friends, Garry & Bob are on this cruise.

Also, concerned about everyone else.

 

LuLu

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Hope you getting going soon.

 

I should have been on the cruise hopefully will be on it next time around, how come the ship visited the Falklands today, the schedule was to visit there next Tuesday 25th??

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Thanks so much for the updates.

They are of special interest to us because our friends, Garry & Bob are on this cruise.

Also, concerned about everyone else.

 

LuLu

~~~

 

Lulu, same here:)

I hope everyone is ok.

 

Please keep us updated.

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davit was finally raised and secured at about 3:30am and we find the ship already on it's way to anarctica this morning when we woke up at 6am.

 

Turned out to be just a delay...but it looks like the problem is resolved (although we do have one less lifeboat).

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davit was finally raised and secured at about 3:30am and we find the ship already on it's way to anarctica this morning when we woke up at 6am.

 

Turned out to be just a delay...but it looks like the problem is resolved (although we do have one less lifeboat).

 

Antarctica is so amazing and beautiful...enjoy it! We were on 30 days Azamara Antarctica last year...the silence is amazing except for the whales...an orca pod came right up to our balcony practically and did a peck wave at us...keep your camera and video handy...things pop up quick...we usually were on deck at 6 am and saw lots others did not....snowed one day and it was only us and 1 crew member...when the rest of the ship awake, the snow had stopped...

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Glad to hear the problem has been resolved. We were on the previous cruise and it was fantastic! Hope you have the same weather we did!

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davit was finally raised and secured at about 3:30am and we find the ship already on it's way to anarctica this morning when we woke up at 6am.

 

Turned out to be just a delay...but it looks like the problem is resolved (although we do have one less lifeboat).

 

Thanks for the update! So happy to see the issue is resolved for now and you are on your way.

 

Let us know if you hear when and how Celebrity will actually repair the davit and get the lifeboat back and operating?

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I'm happy to hear you are on your way again. Since there is no planned stop in the Falklands on the next two sailings, I do wonder when they will pick up the lifeboat that was left behind. I doubt they will return to Miami without it. I expect we should look for some itinerary change on our March 2nd sailing.

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I'm happy to hear you are on your way again. Since there is no planned stop in the Falklands on the next two sailings, I do wonder when they will pick up the lifeboat that was left behind. I doubt they will return to Miami without it. I expect we should look for some itinerary change on our March 2nd sailing.

 

Before they can pick the boat up, I'd guess that the davit needs to be repaired.

 

Plus shipping a lifeboat to the cruise ship is likely far easier and more economical than shipping the cruise ship to the lifeboat. :p But you never know.... I'd enjoy a side trip / rescue!

Edited by A Sixth?

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I would assume since the ship has almost 2 full days in BA next weekend they will repair it there and probably ship the life boat there. I am so glad that ship is sailing, I am also on that cruise next weekend.

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Here are my thoughts without really knowing the technicalities of davit repair.:D

 

It would be logical for them to repair the davit in BA, but they may need a part or two, or maybe even a new davit depending on the damage, which might have to be flown in to BA along with the proper repairmen.

 

I don't know how they would send the life boat back to BA though. It would make more sense for our itinerary (the next cruise BA to VAL) to be altered and for us to pick it up in the Falklands.

 

Perhaps in a day or two ghstudio will be able to post some more information, until then we can all speculate on what Celebrity will do.

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Or they could send the life boat to the ship when we are down in that region. I am sure it is all going to depend on expense and impact to our cruise.

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It was fortunate for them that the ship was not fully booked for this sailing and they were able to continue on. The passenger load on our sailing may determine where we pick up the lifeboat. Whatever, they still make the bed and do the dishes.

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I would assume since the ship has almost 2 full days in BA next weekend they will repair it there and probably ship the life boat there. I am so glad that ship is sailing, I am also on that cruise next weekend.

 

Ship _anything_ from the Falklands to Argentina? Surely you jest. Argentina still thinks they should own the Falklands.

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Ship _anything_ from the Falklands to Argentina? Surely you jest. Argentina still thinks they should own the Falklands.

 

Indeed, here's a photo of the Argentine sign greeting people on the dock in Ushuaia as they arrive by ship:

 

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(photo by turtles06)

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I wasn't even thinking about the political situation when I posted. Then I hope they allow the ship to dock in BA after it visits the Falklands.

 

They will. This is the regular itinerary. The key problem is with British-flagged ships.

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safe and smooth sailing to all aboard the Infinity. I'm sailing her across the Atlantic in April.

 

davit was finally raised and secured at about 3:30am and we find the ship already on it's way to anarctica this morning when we woke up at 6am.

 

Turned out to be just a delay...but it looks like the problem is resolved (although we do have one less lifeboat).

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:)

Antarctica is so amazing and beautiful...enjoy it! We were on 30 days Azamara Antarctica last year...the silence is amazing except for the whales...an orca pod came right up to our balcony practically and did a peck wave at us...keep your camera and video handy...things pop up quick...we usually were on deck at 6 am and saw lots others did not....snowed one day and it was only us and 1 crew member...when the rest of the ship awake, the snow had stopped...

 

When I read your post I immediately looked to see where you lived. Naturally, Florida. I live in Quebec and trust me I would not be too excited to see the snow. Lol.

 

Wendy

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:)

 

When I read your post I immediately looked to see where you lived. Naturally, Florida. I live in Quebec and trust me I would not be too excited to see the snow. Lol.

 

Wendy

 

Amen. It looks like the Ross Ice Shelf next to my driveway in Jersey.

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Another factor which will heavily influence the ''re-union'' between Infinity and her lifeboat: Coast Guards in general, the Argentinian included, as well as the flag country authority ( Malta) and IOS/SOLAS regulations are technically capable of ''holding'' a vessel deemed to have less than the mandated ### of lifeboat capacity.

While INfinity is sailing minus one lifeboat presently is not to be taken as an OK to make it all the way thru winter in that state.

I suggest the lifeboat left behind will be cargo'd to the nearest port possible to be re-united with its '' mother'' ,after the davit repairs are performed ( which is very likely to take place in Buenos Aire ).

I suspect MonteVideo which I think is 1st port of call after BA.

 

Cheers

Edited by c-legs

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:)

 

When I read your post I immediately looked to see where you lived. Naturally, Florida. I live in Quebec and trust me I would not be too excited to see the snow. Lol.

 

Wendy

 

LOL! I grew up in VT though!!!

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I'm happy to hear you are on your way again. Since there is no planned stop in the Falklands on the next two sailings, I do wonder when they will pick up the lifeboat that was left behind. I doubt they will return to Miami without it. I expect we should look for some itinerary change on our March 2nd sailing.

 

It may turn to be more cost effective to abandon and replace.

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It may turn to be more cost effective to abandon and replace.

You indeed have a good point there. ;a life boat's raw cost is lower than a tender, and the OP's report refers to a lifeboat...

Depending how old the lifeboat is, ...yep...write it off and move on....

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Ship _anything_ from the Falklands to Argentina? Surely you jest. Argentina still thinks they should own the Falklands.

 

And British P&O ships no longer cruise there due to the unrest!

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FWIW cruise ships, as I understand, carry MORE than their life boat space requirements, meaning should a life raft/boat be damaged or lost they'll still be within the safety requirements.

 

I'd be surprised if they are "short" space but suspect this is all a big pain in the "tender area". :p

 

The Falklins is supplied by freighters and my bet as stated awhile ago is I'd not be surprised if the abandoned boat gets an expensive ferry ride to Florida or where ever it can be reunited.

 

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Edited by A Sixth?

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