- New footage inside Royal Caribbean cruise ship battered by storm has emerged
- The ship, carrying more than 4,500 guests and 1,600 crew, was heading to Florida but was forced to turn back and return to New Jersey in February 2016
New footage inside the Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean last year has emerged.
The terrifying video shows a passenger looking out the window as 30ft waves submerged the ship during the hurricane force storm.
The ship, carrying more than 4,500 guests and 1,600 crew members, was heading to Port Canaveral in Florida but was forced to turn back and return to New Jersey due to the rough weather.
New footage has emerged of a passenger on the third floor of a cruise ship as it encountered a treacherous storm in February 2016
The terrifying video was taken from a cabin on the third deck of the Anthem Of The Seas ship
It forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight as their belongings flew about, waves rose as high as 30 feet, and winds howled outside.
In the video that surfaced on Reddit, a passenger is seen leaning against the window saying, ‘we’re just staying in one place, hoping not to die.’
His friend says: ‘Jesus Christ man. We’re underwater, under the third floor.’
Hurricane-force winds reaching 150mph caused huge swells, which sent the ship teetering through the night at angles of 45 degrees
Four passengers were injured in the storm and the ship was damaged in some of its public areas.
Hurricane-like conditions caused items inside the ship to fly off shelves and smash into one another as the vessel leaned at least 45 degrees off center in the swells.
The cruise line provided a full refund to passengers, as well as a discount for a future cruise.
The trip was originally supposed to be a week-long round-trip from New Jersey to Florida and the Bahamas, but the hurricane-force storm cut the vacation short.
The National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center had issued an alert for a strong storm four days in advance and questions were raised as to why the cruise ship travelled through the treacherous conditions.
Royal Caribbean said the ship experienced ‘extreme wind and sea conditions’ that were not expected.
However it apologized to passengers following the February 7 2016 incident, saying ‘we have to do better.’
But in September that year, Anthem of the Seas was caught up in another extreme storm.
Terrifying footage showed the 1,100ft-long Anthem of the Seas undulating through huge swells and 90mph winds en route to Bermuda as it encountered the tropical storm Hermine.
A pile of wind-ravaged lounge chairs were left in a mangled pile on the deck after the massive storm in February 2016 tossed the ship in huge ocean swells
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean
The ceiling of the boat collapsed as the ship endured 150mph winds, which caused the cruise to rock back and forth for hours on ends and causing damage to the furniture and structure inside the vessel