Tourism & Cruises

Royal Caribbean’s Empress of the Seas saves sailors who were stranded for 20 days

Royal Caribbean International’s 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean International’s 1,602-passenger Empress of the Seas. Royal Caribbean International

Two sailors who were stranded at sea for 20 days were rescued by a Royal Caribbean cruise ship Friday, the company said.

The mariners were saved in dark waters between Grand Cayman and Jamaica by the Empress of the Seas, according to Royal Caribbean Chief Meteorologist James Van Fleet.

Van Fleet posted photos of the rescue on Twitter, adding that the ship was not scheduled to be there but took an alternate route because of bad weather.

“Sometimes a little luck is all you need for a miracle,” Van Fleet said.

It’s unclear where the sailors were headed and where their voyage started.

Monique O. Madan covers immigration and enterprise; she previously covered breaking news and local government. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and The Dallas Morning News. She is currently a Reveal Fellow at the Center for Investigative Reporting. She graduated from Miami Dade College and Emerson College in Boston. A note to tipsters: If you want to send Monique confidential information, her email and mailbox are open. The address is 3511 NW 91st Ave, Doral, FL 33172. You can also direct message her on social media and she’ll provide encrypted Signal details.
  Comments