Royal Caribbean cruise ship caught in storm

A cruise ship that left New Jersey was caught in a storm with hurricane force winds.

A cruise ship that is headed to Port Canaveral getting slammed by a strong storm in the Atlantic.  Royal Caribbean's "Anthem of the Seas" was hit hard when it was off the coast of the Carolinas overnight. There are reports that waves reached over 30 feet.  The "Anthem of the Seas" left New Jersey Saturday before getting caught in category 2 hurricane force winds. 

Monday morning Royal Caribbean International released the following statement: "On Sunday, February 7, while sailing to Port Canaveral, Florida, Anthem of the Seas experience extreme wind and sea conditions, with wind speeds higher than what was forecasted.  In an abundance of caution, the Captain asked all guests to stay in their stareroom until the weather improved.  At this time there have not been any serious injuries reported.  The ship has sustained some damage to the public areas and guest starerooms, which in no way affect the sea-worthiness of the ship."

This morning the United States Coast Guard did not receive any distress calls from the ship overnight.  The USCG was aware of rough seas in the area and that they would reach out to the ship to check if everything is okay, but they do not appear overly concerned with the situation given no calls to them were made.  

We'll have more on this story as it develops.  

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