A Connecticut man recounted a very tense vacation this week when a cruise ship encountered a strong storm on the open ocean.
Tom Schuck was on the Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas when the ship cruised right into severe weather off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina.
Schuck, from Windsor, said it was supposed to be a dream vacation, but it turned into a nightmare.
The Anthem of the Seas left a New Jersey port and was heading to Port Canaveral in Florida.
Along the way, the cruise chip was battered by huge waves on Sunday. The boat, with 4,500 passengers, was smack in the middle of a storm that took a toll on the luxury liner.
"When the storm started up, we were told to get in our rooms around 3 p.m. and stay in our rooms,” Schuck said.
Via Skype on Tuesday, Schuck described the chaos on the Anthem of the Seas to Eyewitness News.
The nearly 200,000 ton liner, which launched last year, is one of the largest vessels of its kind.
The boat was battered by 30-foot waves and winds topping 100-miles-an-hour after Schuck said the captain decided to go into the storm, rather than around it.
"It's supposed to be rolling back and forth and when it would stay on one side,” Schuck said. “You'd be thinking, come on, roll the other way, the other way."
The cruise line said the wind and sea conditions were worse than forecasted.
Four guests had reported minor injuries.
Royal Caribbean said the ship is still making its way back to New Jersey.
"We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our guests. We know it was [a] tough day on Sunday and apologize for their discomfort. We also thank our captain and crew for guiding the ship safely back to better weather,” Royal Caribbean spokesperson said in a statement.
Schuck explained his future plans-- "We're going to go in August on this boat,” Schuck said. “We're going to take a New England-Canada cruise, on this ship."
Royal Caribbean is giving everyone a full refund and 50 percent off another cruise, if any passenger decides to take one.
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