Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines may find itself with a lot of explaining to do now that Senator Bill Nelson has called for the the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the cruise line after one of their ships sailed right through the heart of a winter storm this weekend that forced passengers into their cabins as the ship suffered damage in 45 foot waves.
Senator Nelson made the following statement:
“The thing about this storm was that it was forecast for days. So why in the world would a cruise ship with thousands of passengers go sailing right into it?”
The National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center issued severe weather warnings four days before the Royal Caribbean ship said into the heart of the storm on its way to Port Canaveral, Florida giving the company plenty of time to cancel the cruise or delay its departure. However, the voyage went forward as planned.
On Monday, Royal Caribbean announced the ship had turned around to head back to its New Jersey port and passengers would be refunded much to their delight.
Passengers on board the cruise said the dining rooms were trashed on Sunday due to the rocking of the boat and water was flowing down the stairs. However, the staff of the ship were praised with how well they handled the situation.
Federal investigators are expected to weigh in on the situation later this week.