AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora woman, her husband and thousands of other people are struggling to get back home after they were unable to get off a cruise ship because of Hurricane Harvey.
Four-thousand passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship headed from Texas to Miami on Monday night had to wait out the storm before they can head back to Galveston, Texas.
Chantelle Stevenson said the sky looked like the scene of a movie as they made their way into Galveston.
“One morning it felt like something out of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.’ It was completely dark outside. And these flashes of light would hit and the whole ship would rock with thunder because of how violent the storm was; the mirrors and our doors would vibrate,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson said passengers hunkered down inside the cruise ship. Those who ventured onto the deck were instructed to hang onto their children to keep them from blowing away.
Stevenson said it was unclear what the plan would be — if the boat would let passengers off in Galveston or head elsewhere. Eventually, it was decided to go to Miami.
“Anywhere you go on the ship right now, that’s all anybody is talking about is what they are doing, what flights they are trying to take. If they are getting off, how much it is going to cost them,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson shared a photo of passengers lined up to talk to guest services.
Stevenson said passengers were instructed to wait on the ship in Miami and wait for the ship to return to Texas before getting off.
Stevenson worries if they stay on the ship, it will be days before they can dock in Galveston and even longer to find a way to get home to Colorado.
Stevenson’s husband is stationed at Buckley Air Force Base and has drills scheduled this weekend.
Stevenson said the two can’t afford to miss work.
“We cannot afford to just take all these nonvacation days, let alone our kids are freaking out,” Stevenson said. “We need to get home so we’re essentially eating $900 in expenses right now to try and get off the ship.”
The couple hope to be back in Colorado on Wednesday.