A Royal Caribbean cruise was ravaged by the Atlantic Ocean last weekend, with passenger photos showing widespread damage throughout the ship itself. Now media reports are questioning whether the Captain knew about rough weather forecasts days in advance.
Four passengers were injured aboard the Anthem Of The Seas during its most recent trip from Florida to New Jersey. Crew ordered passengers to stay in their cabins, as furniture was toppled around and the ship was trashed by bad weather. Videos from the incident show enormous waves and powerful winds, with some passengers fearing for their safety.
Now online newspaper Mashable has reported that Royal Caribbean knew about these rough forecasts days in advance. “There was plenty of warning”, Mashable reports. “Computer models had projected the rapid intensification of the storm, the track that it took, and the likelihood of massive waves for hundreds of miles surrounding the storm centre — about five days beforehand”.
However, Royal Caribbean has said crews did all they could to ensure a safe journey. “We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our guests. We know it was tough day on Sunday and apologise for their discomfort”, Royal Caribbean told Mashable. “We also thank our captain and crew for guiding the ship safely back to better weather”.
The cruise line is providing a full refund to passengers, and says Anthem Of The Seas is still safe to operate. “These ships are designed to handle these kind of conditions, though they prefer not to encounter them”, Royal Caribbean added online.
Could these photographs put you off cruising? Would you trust a cruise ship Captain and their crew to protect your safety? Do you worry about bad weather when you travel?
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) February 8, 2016
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 8, 2016
The Royal Caribbean ship, Anthem of the Seas, was stuck in a hurricane yesterday. Here are some pictures. pic.twitter.com/12QV7S7URN
— Lisa Ayotte (@caribbeandays1) February 8, 2016