I am one of the staunchest anti-ocean advocates on the internet. Don’t like it, don’t trust it, don’t want nothing to do with it.
So this is my nightmare. This weekend, a Royal Caribbean cruise liner took its 4,000 passengers right through the middle of a hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.
Here’s this monster storm in action.
Passengers rode through 30-foot high waves and 150 mph winds, the captain of the Anthem of the Seas ordering everyone to stay in their rooms.
That’s right, 150 mph windows. The videos are terrifying.
That’s my fucking nightmare.
Imagine drowning in a cruise ship in the middle of a hurricane. Fuck. Fuck. No.
Here’s what the ship looked like afterward.
One cruise goer posted about it online.
Here’s what one cruise goer wrote on “Captain tried to turn ship but waited too long,” the passenger wrote. “Captain said they are in communication with the coast guard, struggling to point ship into wind but can’t move forward. All passengers told to stay in cabins; water entered ship on upper decks, large white structure broke off top of ship, landed in pool.”
The passenger said that at the height of the storm, waves were breaking over the tops of the life boats and the whole ship was listing to almost 45 degrees. The passenger said the wind and sea spray made it look like a total white out.
Wow. Fuck. That. No serious injuries were reported — which is good — but still, no.
[H/T my mom, who hates cruises, and The Washington Post]