Helicopters and cruise ships

  • Back in October we were on the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship going from Seattle to Sydney. Someone was very ill, the ship turned back towards the Oregon coast and the Coast Guard sent a big helicopter to medivac him to hospital. The helipad on that massive cruise ship is really tiny and the chopper had to do about 10 circuits while the ship maneuvered into the best position for him to land. In case of accident all passengers were evacuated from the forward facing cabins that overlooked the helipad and no one other than crew were allowed near the landing zone. That leads me to believe that landing on those tiny H pads is not easy even for the professionals. Good luck with your ship landings guys :)

  • There is another simulator that has excellent helicopter physics, but unfortunately allows you to clip through just about every building and structure without redress. It's kind of nice to be able to land on any horizontal surface and just hop from place to place.

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  • I think it was 21 nights. We did a cruise on the same ship Seattle to San Francisco first and that was 7 nights so we were onboard for 28 nights in total. It was a good trip with Hawaii, Fiji, Noumea and Vanuatu in the itinery.