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Friday, August 13, 2010

All Tied Up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Good morning,

It is a beautiful day in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and Freedom of the Seas is in port.
No, that sail boat out there isn't Freedom.  I'm standing on Freedom taking these pictures of how we are tied up to a dock where we used to be able to "park" more than one ship at the same time.
See that dock/walk way out there to the right (aft) part of the ship?  We're tied up to that and to even more of that...
...including those extra thingies out there where we have tied up our bow.
I took a walk toward the stern...
...where we had run out of dock along side...
...so had to tie up our stern lines to the far end of this extra dock.  Unfortunately, it's hard to see those stern lines, but take my word for it, they are there.  Freedom literally hangs off both ends of the dock that is along side the ship.  I remember when we could put two large ships here (without even using those extra thingies out there for the bow) with lots of space between them. 

An aside: those white buildings up there are very expensive condos overlooking the harbor.
This is a cargo ship tied up at the commercial part of the port.  When the port was overloaded with ships a few times when we were here on board Splendour of the Seas, we were tied up over here and a shuttle took guests into town.

Today, Freedom is enough in the port at one time.  ;)  This is fun!




Wanda..... said...

....and I'm sure someone from across the way is taking photos of the 'extremely large' Freedom of the Seas docked in the Ocho Rios port.
:) Wanda

Montanagirl said...

What fun! I have no desire to go on a cruise ship, but it's been great fun to travel along with you vicariously.

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Beatrice P. Boyd said...

And we all hope that none of those thingies used to hold the ship to the dock(s) ever breaks. Lois!

Elaine said...

When we were there we took a shuttle in to land, so we must have been tied up in the overload area. That is one really long dock. How wide is it? I'm sure the size is very deceptive.

Lois Evensen said...

Good morning,

Yes, I am sure someone on the other side was taking pictures of us. The next time we get back there, I plan to go ashore. Someone told me there is a yarn shop over there! Of course, I have to go take a look. :) It has been so hot lately that I haven't spent too many hours ashore.

Beatrice, that has happened that the lines have snapped, but not to this ship. It happened about 15 years ago while aboard another much smaller ship in high winds, but everything was OK and under control right away. There are always people on the bridge and in the control room, even in port.

Elaine, the width of the dock is probably 8 or 10 feet in places. The dock over at the commercial port is much wider since it is connected directly to land.

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by.

Very best,