On Sunday, the gigantic Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Sea, on its way from New York to Florida and then the Bahamas, sailed into the middle of a winter storm off the east coast.


A post from this morning on Royal Caribbean's blog explained the situation thusly:

Anthem of the Seas experienced 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 stateroom until the weather improved.

The ship has been in service for less than a year and, as USA Today explains, weighs 168,666 tons and is tied for the title of the third-largest cruise ship ever built. Apparently, there are bumper cars on board. The ship sustained some damage in the storm, but is still seaworthy, and according to Royal Caribbean, there were no serious injuries.


Confined to their rooms with free minibars, movie service, and wi-fi, passengers began to post about the storm, mostly about all their stuff flying every which way.

Released from their rooms after nine hours, they continued to tweet and post photo and video of the damage to the ship. Unsurprisingly, the outdoor areas bore the brunt of nature's carnage.

Though the indoor sections weren't spared.

By far my favorite correspondent from the ship is a guy named Greg, who goes by flatgreg on Twitter:

Despite approaching things with what I'm reading as a wry wit, Greg has a relatively sunny outlook about the situation:

And now things have calmed down, and cleanup is ongoing:

And, according to Royal Caribbean and various Instagram users, the ship's arrival in Florida is delayed until tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the storm is headed toward New England, so it'll almost be like New England is on a cruise, right?


Ethan Chiel is a reporter for Fusion, writing mostly about the internet and technology. You can (and should) email him at ethan.chiel@fusion.net