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Cascade family aboard cruise ship in hurricane Sandy


Candy Bradley and her husband Steve of Cascade had been saving and planning for more than a year and a half to take the entire family on a Caribbean Cruise.

"We thought it would be a great opportunity for the kids," Bradley said.

"I was kind of jumping off the walls," said her seven year old grandson Jack.

 Days before the family of 11 was scheduled to depart Port Canaveral, Florida, the family was concerned about Hurricane Sandy's projected path, which was forecasted to be in the area during the three day cruise.

The family was told by Disney Cruise Line they could not refund their fare, but that the crew would avoid the storm.

But hours after they had set sail, the ship change direction and began heading towards the hurricane.

Thousands on board Disney's Dream and a second Ship called Fantasy were trapped on board in turbulent water for several days.

"I got sick right away," said Bradley's grandchild Taylor.

"We had a two year old with us who fell out of bed, he could have gotten hurt," Bradley said.

Both ships were rocked back and forth in winds clocked at more than 80 miles per hour at times.

Conditions forced items off shelves, rattled cabins, and forced the crew to close many of the outdoor am entities.

Because of the storm, the ship passed its two port of calls along the way, leaving many unhappy and concerned about their safety.

"They should have canceled instead of putting our lives in danger out there in 20 foot swells," Bradley said.

A spokeswoman for Disney Cruise Line says that crews gather information from many different sources including the U.S. Coast Guard before making the decision to depart.

A statement from the company sent to KWWL reads in part:  

"Our captains and crew members are highly trained and experienced in navigating through inclement weather.  The safety of our guests and crew members was never compromised."

Disney Cruise Line has offered families like the Bradley's 25% off a future Disney Cruise as a good will gesture since the ship missed its port of calls.

No injuries were reported.




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