The [Disney_Dream] returned to Port Canaveral from a mystery cruise to nowhere around 5:30 AM Sunday. The Dream embarked on an altered 3-night cruise Thursday as Sandy was approaching the Bahamas. Guest already knew Castaway Cay was off the itinerary and Nassau was a wait and see. After escaping down the east coast of Florida towards the Keys, the Dream attempted to make her way to Nassau on Saturday, but ultimately turned around and headed for home.
The 3-Night Bahamian cruise turned out to be a cruise to nowhere thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Reports continue to surface online that the Fantasy endured a really rough time Friday evening and worsened during the early hours on Saturday as she made her way back to Port Canaveral. Guests are reporting that Captain Tom came over the PA system twice after midnight to reassure guests that everything was ok and safe even though they were in rough seas.
Guests were asked to remain in their staterooms as it was not safe to be walking around the rolling ship. It sounds like the gift shops were trashed as things were tossed around.
Here is a video that was posted on CNN’s iReport by tneyedoc2020. The video shows what it was like in his stateroom, the message from Captain Tom, and the damage to the gift shops and other areas of the ship. (iOS users click here to watch the video)
Disney Cruise Line is still assessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Castaway Cay. Many of the permanent cast members who live on the island were evacuated to the Disney Dream.
Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs Disney Cruise Line said, “We do have a crew hurricane shelter on Castaway Cay should we ever need it.” It is to early too say how badly the island was hit as Ms. Peddie said “We are still assessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy to Castaway Cay.”
The Dream was scheduled to return to Castaway Cay Tuesday October 30th, but switched with her day at sea on Wednesday 10/31 to provide more time for clean up on the island.
UPDATE: Reports coming in show that Castaway Cay weathered the storm well.
If you sailed on either cruise, we would like to hear your story.