WATCH: Royal Caribbean Cruise Caught in Hurricane Michael’s Path
Live look: @RoyalCaribbean’s #EmpressoftheSeas chasing #HurricaneMichael around #Cuba. Arrival to #Havana severely delayed.@CruiseCritic @weatherchannel @SAWeatherServic @bbcweather @breakingweather @TheWeatherStn #tropicalstormmichael #storm #caribbean #lightning #cruiseship pic.twitter.com/52vK6tUjNX
— Snapper Tams (@SnapperTams) October 9, 2018
Having just come off a cruise on Monday, I found this video to be slightly terrifying. I can only imagine what it must have been like to be on a ship caught up in the winds and weather of Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida earlier this week and has devastated the Panhandle on through to Georgia and the Carolinas. What’s worse is the ship involved was the Empress of the Seas, which is a smaller class of ship for Royal Caribbean.
The cruise was one of Royal Caribbean’s Cuba cruises. A passenger on board the ship, Snapper Tams, posted the video on Twitter with a live look from the storm on October 9, 2018. The video shows waves slamming into the ship and the dark sky and seas that surround the ship.
Tams reported to CNN in an interview that the ship was held for hours as they waited for the storm to pass through the Yucatan Peninsula. Tams also said a number of people on the ship got seasick, as the swells from 13′-15′ rocked the boat back and forth.
I was on Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas back in May for a weekend cruise to the Bahamas. I remember the last night there was some rough water and the ship was really moving. In fact, it admittedly made me a little nauseous. That was just simply a day with choppy water. I cannot imagine how it must have felt to be on that ship with 13′-15′ swells. I likely would have gotten sick myself as other passengers did.