December 9, 2010 by staff
Clelia Ii, The Odyssey lived on the high seas into the icy waters of Antarctica is now a memory, for the 160 passengers of the small luxury cruise ship Clelia II, flying the Maltese flag, for hours on end at the mercy of the high waves of the Drake Passage where was coming from Antarctica, where one of its engines went into a tailspin.
The Argentine Navy announced yesterday (in Italy it was evening) that ‘luck’, the ship was able to solve its problems and that, accompanied by the ship Explorer, which was sent to his aid, he headed towards the port of Usuhaia. Although, as explained by the captain, German Siveira, hath been moved just 4 knots, that is, slowly, because the waves continued to be 6-7 meters high, even if they are not more than 8-9 feet, raised by wind gusts over 90 kmh. The waves had not only broken three windows in the deck of the Clelia II, but were knocked out one of its engines and radar.
In short, disaster risk exceeded the 160 passengers and 60 crewmembers, all of European origin, which at that time was at the Shetland Islands Sur, about 800 km from Usuhaia. The fear was great, because, as pointed out by the Argentine Navy, the water swept the deck has been moistened communications equipment that have stopped working:
Past, the risk for the 160 occupants of the 50 luxury suites in the Clelia II, everything now seems likely the only unexpected adventure to tell, though certainly not included in rates (between 8 and 16,000 U.S. dollars) paid for ten days Cruise, begun last November 30 to Usuhaia.
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