Last night, the two collided with calamitous effects. The huge, Florida-bound cruise ship plunged right into hurricane-force gale winds that tossed the massive boat so hard that ceilings crumbled, furniture flew like missiles, and horrified passengers tweeted Perfect Storm-
"They told everyone on the Titanic to stay in their rooms," wrote a passenger who goes by Asper Gus on Twitter. "That way you can't really know how bad things are."
Anthem of the Seas is one of the biggest cruise ships in service, a 4,180-passenger behemoth that regularly docks in South Florida. The boat was headed toward Port Canaveral yesterday as the first stop on a Jersey-to-the-Caribbean cruise that left under sunny skies.
"Anthem of the Seas experienced extreme wind and sea conditions, with wind speeds higher than what was forecasted," the company says.
Either way, by yesterday afternoon, the captain stopped the ship to wait out the weather, which was already nasty:
are unverified estimates that winds topped 100 miles per hour.
Hungry, tired and seeking prayer from all of you tonight. The #anthemoftheseas has been rocking with no end in sight.— Jacob Ibrag (@jaybrag) February 8, 2016
The damage onboard, meanwhile, looks extensive.
Hope those engines hold out. Drink your urine #anthemoftheseas— Asper gus (@iCaloric) February 8, 2016