Anthem of the Seas Cruise Cut Short to Avoid Storm

Royal Caribbean isn't taking any chances when it comes to weather following its nightmare cruise into a hurricane force storm earlier this month, cutting Anthem of the Seas' latest voyage short to avoid a storm off the mid-Atlantic seaboard. The cruise ship giant said Saturday that it was closely watching a "large storm" off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, making the decision … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean Faces Two Lawsuits Over Nightmare Cruise Into Storm

By Jonathan Stempel Feb 25 (Reuters) - Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd faces at least two lawsuits by passengers accusing the company of negligently endangering their lives by letting its Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sail into a fierce Atlantic storm this month. The lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court in Miami claim that Royal Caribbean knew, or should have known, … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard: Anthem of the Seas Azipod Damaged in Storm

One of two diesel-electric azipod units used to propel Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas sustained damage as the ship battled an intense hurricane-force storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on Sunday.   The storm-damaged cruise ship returned to the Liberty Cruise Terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey on Wednesday evening and as crews continue to test the … [Read more...]

Anthem of the Seas — Is She Seaworthy?

On Wednesday night, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Anthem of the Seas, made it safely back to its berth in Cape Liberty in New York harbor, a bit battered, but generally in good condition. Her roughly 4,500 passengers disembarked after a harrowing cruise to nowhere. The obvious first lesson of this unfortunate voyage is that a winter cruise from New York harbor around … [Read more...]

Royal Caribbean’s Nightmare Cruise: What Did the Weather Forecasts Say?

The Anthem of the Seas departed Bayonne, New Jersey last Saturday with about 4,500 guests and 1,600 crewmembers for what was scheduled to be a 7-day roundtrip cruise to the Bahamas. But during Sunday the vessel was sailing southward to a scheduled port call at Port Canaveral, Florida when it encountered a large, hurricane-force storm off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, … [Read more...]