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Giant Royal Caribbean ship damaged in 'extreme' storm will return to port

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posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 07:51 PM

One of the world's newest and biggest cruise ships headed back to its home port Monday after a powerful storm damaged the vessel and left some passengers shaken.

The fierce weather that struck Royal Caribbean's 168,666-ton Anthem of the Seas on Sunday forced the captain to confine passengers to their cabins until the storm passed early Monday.

The cruise line, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, suggested the "extreme wind and sea conditions" that hit as the ship sailed south from the New York area to Port Canaveral, Fla., were unexpected, noting that the wind speeds were higher than what was forecast.


Wild ride for the passengers. Seems like poor move by the captain. 40 foot waves and winds at 122 mph.

A screen shot of the wind gauge on Anthem cabin TVs posted by a passenger on Twitter shows wind speeds as high as 106 knots, the equivalent of 122 mph.

Seems the captain guessed that the conditions wouldn't be as bad as it turned out to be. I wonder how RC will react to having to take the ship out of service for repair after 1 year of service.

Some pictures at link.

posted on Feb, 9 2016 @ 07:56 PM
a reply to: roadgravel

Posted already, and previously started threads were closed, and comments redirected.

edit on 9-2-2016 by mysterioustranger because: (no reason given)

posted on Feb, 10 2016 @ 12:10 PM
If your going to say that , at least link to the lready started thread

posted on Feb, 10 2016 @ 12:31 PM
i am surprised that even 40 foot waves would damage such a large ship unless the captain didn't adjust speed and course to suit the conditions.

posted on Feb, 10 2016 @ 02:32 PM
Jesus, everyone's a seaman now.

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