Freedom of the Seas gets rocked by rough weather; damage to public areas

Passenger’s aboard Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas got rocked last night as the ship experienced rough weather from a nor’easter that’s affecting ports along Florida’s east coast.

According from a statement released by Royal Caribbean, “Sunday at approximately 7:30 p.m. after departing Port Canaveral, Florida, Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas experienced extreme wind and sea conditions, well beyond what was forecasted.  The ship experienced wind speeds more than three times what was forecast.  The combination of the wind and sea conditions caused severe ship movement.  At this time there have not been any serious injuries reported. The ship has sustained some damage to the public areas and guest staterooms, which in no way affect the sea-worthiness of the ship.”

A passenger aboard Freedom told us “It was crazy. The ship was on it’s side, everything broke all over ship, medical emergencies all over, and people ordered to their cabins. The elevators are off, scary.” Reports are that seas exceeded 18 feet and some vessels stayed in port because of the nor’easter.

“Freedom of the Seas continues on its regularly scheduled seven-night itinerary, which includes port calls to CocoCay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Phillipburg, St. Maarten.  The ship and will be arriving in Coco Cay, Bahamas, Monday morning, as scheduled,” says company spokesman.

Bad weather and rough seas continue to batter the east coast of Florida. Carnival Fascination is arriving into Jacksonville late today because of the same storm. “Carnival Sensation had to overnight at the dock in Port Canaveral due the adverse weather conditions, but departed this morning at 8 a.m.,” a spokeswoman from Carnival told us.

Photo credit: adamj4282/flickr

Wet towels in hallway, water in all balcony cabins when the ship listed.
One of the shops aboard Freedom of the Seas after the ship listed.

4 Responses

  1. Hope no one was injured! Follow me on Twitter @scottlara1961 and stay tuned to Cruise Radio!

  2. We were on this ship just last week and returned to Cape Canaveral early Sunday. Seas were pretty rough coming back on Saturday night. Looks like we timed this trip just right. Wouldn’t have wanted to be on the ship Sunday night. Hope everyone is okay.

  3. We were on the ship. It was very scary for a couple of hours. There was stuff thrown all over the place! The Windjammer really took on it’s name! Everyone was the floor! By 7:00 am other than the flooded carpets and some wide spread things still out of place you would have never known it! A HUGE applause to the crew and staff of the Freedom of the Seas. They worked all night to have the ship back in working order as nothing every happened! These dedicated employees are the best in the business! Yes it was scary… yes I might think twice about booking a cruise during Hurricane season.. but I will definately cruise again with Royal Caribbean. They took care of us in every way possible! Thank your for everything you did!!!

  4. I just returned from that cruise. Yes, we had some rough weather conditions, and more than I have ever experienced before. Even as a seasoned cruiser, it made me a bit uncomfortable, but let’s not exaggerate things.

    The ship was not on it’s side, that is laughable. We maybe had 10-12deg list max. for a short period of time. While I understand that some passengers might have been frightened to the point of hysteria, reporting such grossly incorrect information is irresponsible.

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