Powerful storm damages world’s third largest cruise ship

Published on : Monday, February 8, 2016

cruise shipThe third largest cruise ship in the world was caught in a powerful storm on Sunday that rocked the vessel wildly, overturning furniture, smashing glassware and collapsing part of a ceiling in a public corridor. The intensity of the storm compelled the captain of the cruise ship to order passengers to remain confined to their cabins for safety.

Quoting a statement issued by Royal Caribbean, USA TODAY wrote, ‘Royal Caribbean’s 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas experienced “extreme wind and sea conditions” that were not expected as it was sailing south from the New York area to Port Canaveral, Fla.’

In its statement, Royal Caribbean said there had been no reports of serious injuries on Anthem, and the damages to public areas and cabins “in no way affect the sea worthiness of the ship.”

Robert Huschka, executive editor of the Detroit Free Press, part of the USA TODAY Network, who is on board the ship with his family said ‘the captain of the vessel made an announcement at about 3:30 PM on Sunday as the storm raged that passengers should remain in their cabins, saying the strength of the storm had surprised everyone and that the ship would hold position and try to turn into it. The captain then was unavailable for announcements as the storm continued into the evening.’

The ship resumed sailing towards Florida after the situation began to improve late in the evening, and by 1:00 AM on Monday.

Water seeped into the ship through the doorways before watertight doors were closed, a passenger posting on a message board at CruiseCritic.com reported while another passenger said a large white structure broke off the top of the vessel and landed in a pool.
The wind speeds that Anthem experienced on Sunday were “higher than what was forecasted” for the area, Royal Caribbean said in its statement.

But federal forecasters from NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center had warned of a strong storm in the Atlantic for four days before Sunday.

Anthem is on a seven-night voyage from its home base in the New York area to Florida and the Bahamas that began on Saturday. The ship is carrying 4,529 passengers and 1,616 crew, according to a spokeswoman.

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2 Responses to Powerful storm damages world’s third largest cruise ship

  1. Dianne OSullivan says:

    We had a group of 30 people on the January 15th Sailing aboard the Athem of the Seas and we had a very rough sailing on our way down to the Caribbean. The first 2 days of the cruise wer horrendous with a few people injured and hundreds of people sick. The ship rocked so much. One of my clients and myself asked an officer what his title was and he told us that he was the Engineer. We then asked this Engineer if the Stablizers were working and his reply to us was: “The Stablizers were working but during the storm last night we broke 3 out of the 4 Stablizers”. We were shocked at this statement. The following day when we were delayed in St. Kitts (for about 90 minutes) the Captain made an announcement that they were waiting for a Chief Engineer who was being flown in from Germany!! Hearing this we realized that the Stablizers were definitely broken!! We asked our waiter that night if he knew anything…and his answer was “that he didn’t know of anything…but when a Chief Engineer is being flown in from Germany, he is not flown in for dinner! I believe that the Stablizers on the Anthem are not working and that the situation is very SERIOUS & DANGEROUS This ship must be dry docked immediately and must be checked out right away!!! On our way home, we hit another storm (which the Captain circled around) causing the Anthem to be delayed 24 hours!! The Januaary 15, 2016 Sailing on the Anthem was so bad and I felt it should have been investigated as to all the injures and hundreds of people so sick…. I have been on 132 cruises and never have had any experiences like this one!! Something iis seriously wrong with the Athem and hopefully, RCCL will follow up with my comments. Thank you!!!

  2. Vivian DiMare says:

    I was on the following cruise that left on January 26th and the stabilizers worked perfectly even on a day with high wind and large waves.

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