Cruise Ship

Published Date

May 2013

Cruise Ship

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The cruise ship was a dream. A seagoing pleasure city.  The passengers came for that dream. The young, the old, the infirm; all were welcome provided they had the money. The crew that served them were also part of the dream. Voyage after voyage she proved that dreams come true and slowly the sea became forgotten. But the sea did not forget the ship.

One man tried to warn of the consequences of this forgetfulness but it was too late. He was the past and the ship was the future. Until one cold dark night. When the laughter turned to screams and the unsinkable turned to the unthinkable.

This is a story of a ship that lost her way, of a crew that forgot the sea, those who paid the price and those who learnt about how cruel the sea can be.

It could happen tomorrow.



Part One M.V. Sea Breeze

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6


Part Two M.V. Majestic Sea

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20


Part Three The Artic

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Michael started his career on the training ship HMS Conway and went to sea as a Cadet with P&O.

He was promoted to master on a deep sea tow vessel at the age of 32. He then commanded a wide variety of ships including general cargo, passenger, reefer, heavy lift, container, bulk carriers, anchor handlers, supply vessels, response and rescue vessels in the north sea, oil field support vessels in Nigeria, middle trade multi-purpose vessels in the Black Sea and Baltic.

Michael served 35 years in the Royal Naval Reserve and for 10 years he represented shipmasters on the Council of Numast. He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

Michael retired from the sea in March 2007 after 50 years seagoing and 35 years in command. He now works with Witherby Seamanship International as a Senior Advisor and Technical Author.

Title: Cruise Ship
Number of Pages: 400
Product Code: WS1386K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-582-2 (9781856095822), ISBN 10: 1-85609-582-7 (1856095827)
Published Date: May 2013
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 180 mm
Book Width: 110 mm
Book Spine: 20 mm
Weight: 0.40 kg
Author: Michael Lloyd

Customer Reviews

I'll never even think about a cruise again!!! Review by RL - June 2013
This is the second in a promising series of books from Michael Lloyd. Cruise ships attract more and more passengers year on year as they become more affordable, entertaining and adventurous. As was seen with the Italian disaster in 2012, when passengers lost their lives unnecessarily due to the Captain's interest in impressing rather than steering the ship. (This is of course cannot be applied to the majority of excellent merchant Captains in the Fleet.) However, Cruise Ship is a real eye-opener. It takes an experienced sea-dog to advise a cruise line and initially he has to act the role of a consultant on a bog standard Caribbean cruise. From day one he has his eyes opened as the contest between the Hotel Management side of the ship plays against the Seamanship side. Ordering Naval officers to attend social functions and even suggesting course changes. Underneath the smart people there is an underground drug and drink problem. Fortunately, naval instinct prevails but the aftertaste of this cruise has made life a difficult decision for our Captain - will he take on the daring new route proposed and within artic waters? The dilemma, decision and subsequent adventure is for those interested in the real world of cruising to read.

It is a truly excellent adventure thriller, written by a very experienced Captain. The authenticity of action and reaction, of happenstance and contemplation is certainly to be commended. This book is highly recommended for all those who love a "ripping yarn" super read, Oh, and Cruising ??!?? For those interested in professional seamanship and thrillers see: The Devil's Cauldron by the same author. The Devil's Cauldron
(Posted on 07/04/2015)
Gripping Story Review by Gd - May 2013
This book was a little slow at the start but quickly sped up once the scene had been set. I found it hard to put this book down the more one gets into the story, it has a gripping finish leaving the reader feeling as if they were there. It is an excellent mix of fact and fiction written by a man who knows his subject. Food for thought for any cruise ship lover (Posted on 07/04/2015)
Brilliant Sea Story Review by June 2013
This was a recommendation after reading his other novel recently The Devil’s Cauldron.
I was not disappointed, fast moving and kept you interested all the way.
(Posted on 07/04/2015)
A Prophetic Alarm Review by NC - July 2013
Captain Lloyd is back, and this time fiction is based on truth and assumptions.

The writer, as a traditional seaman himself, combines true elements of today's cruise ships with a worst case scenario, as we like to call them. Using his knowledge and experience and mixing it with an imagination that stands on real facts, Captain Lloyd incorporates in the pages of this book agony, thrill and continuous action that are breath taking until the end. He combines heroes, mentalities, behaviours and reality so balanced that professional seaman, like me, cannot accuse him for telling nonsense. At the same time a reader with no knowledge of the sea or technical items, will follow the stream of parallel stories that run through the book, finally joining in the end on an explosion of action.

The writer has managed to create a story that can be read by anyone, at the same time he is ringing a wide and loud alarm to everyone in the industry.

Is he exaggerating and spreading fear? Or will his seamanship and experience not let him sleep quiet at nights as he, and other professionals, see an imminent tragic acknowledgment of his dramatic scenario?

The reader can make his own conclusions, let's only hope that writer will be remembered for his imagination in future and not be used as a reference in case something goes wrong.

Strongly recommended to all who enjoy both Nautical and action stories.
(Posted on 07/04/2015)
This book is exactly what is needed Review by CS August 2013
This may be a novel, but it will make everyone, both on board and ashore think, and take a long look at the situation that exists on board these very large cruise ships. The big problem - the biggest problem of all - is handling literally hundreds of people in a panic situation. How you train a mixed nationality crew - who are constantly changing - some with basic English and many who are just not interested in "Boat Drills" - I just don't know. Stricter control on the selection of these hundreds of crew members is required. (Posted on 07/04/2015)
BMB Review by 18 June 2013
A very thought provoking book that should be read by Management at Carnival & Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Hope it is not prophetic (Posted on 07/04/2015)
Informative Review by CS - August 2013
This may be a novel, but it will make everyone, both on board and ashore to think, and take a long look at the situation that exists on board these very large cruise ships. The big problem - the biggest problem of all - is handling literally hundreds of people in a panic situation. How you train a mixed nationality crew, who are constantly changing, some with Basic English and many who are just not interested in "Boat Drills”, I just don't know. Stricter control on the selection of these hundreds of crew members is required. (Posted on 23/03/2015)
Absolutely Fascinating - September 2013 Review by AS
Having recently been on a short cruise and seeing this advertised on a website, I felt that I must read this book. I know it was fictional but the author obviously had an in depth knowledge of the sea without getting too technical for us landlubbers.

I was totally absorbed and read it in two days. As passengers we just board the ship and assume we will enjoy it as we would any other holiday. While the hotel side do a great job in keeping us happy the seamanship involved is far more important. Our lives depend on their judgement.

This book highlighted the cruise companies need to make money against the safety of the passengers.

I have been on US and UK ships and both times felt the evacuation drills given to passengers was totally inadequate.

A fascinating insight into cruising.

I loved this book
(Posted on 23/03/2015)
Highly Recommended Review by JC
As an ex Master Mariner I have very much enjoyed all Michael Lloyd's books and am looking forward to the next.

I agree with all his concerns regarding large cruise ships and the author demonstrates graphically what can go wrong. A very good, exciting and thought provoking read. Very highly recommend.
(Posted on 23/03/2015)
Cruise Ship Review by AMR
I found this book totally absorbing although a little disturbing, as my husband and I love to cruise. And our Son is an Officer aboard one. (Posted on 23/03/2015)
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