Captain of Cruise Ship Caught in Hurricane-Force Winds Speaks Out

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas Captain Claus Andersen told passengers he didn't realize the storm's magnitude.
2:20 | 02/10/16

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Now to the latest on that royal caribbean cruise ship swept up in hurricane-force winds making its way back to new Jersey right now as the captain explains for the first time how the storm caught the whole crew off guard. ABC's linsey Davis is on the scene in bayonne, New Jersey. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, to you, robin. Many meteorologists are saying there is no way that storm should have caught anyone by surprise. The captain of "Anthem of the seas" has more than 20 years' experience but said he never saw anything like it. After battling destructive 30-foot waves and hurricane-force winds, the captain of the "Anthem of the seas" is speaking out defending his actions to set sail saying he didn't realize the magnitude. The whole thing was not bigger than this and was up here and just exploded. Reporter: In a video broadcast internally to all 4500 passengers' state rooms captain Claus Anderson who ordered everyone to stay in their rooms for eight hours during Sunday's storm says he's never experienced anything like it. Honestly, I have not seen low pressure that was not forecasted anything near what we actually experienced. Reporter: Joseph Alstrom says his actions to set out to sea were appropriate. Once you get out to sea things happen and you have to let the wind come and survive it and ride it out. Reporter: The ship originally headed to the Bahamas is now slowly making its way up the east coast, royal caribbean tells ABC news, weather isn't great so he's slowed down his speed to smooth it out. We're on the eighth floor or the eighth deck and the waves felt like they were almost crashing into our room. Reporter: Charlotte Litman's father asher treated her to the cruise for her tenth birthday. Not at all the caribbean vacation they had had in mind but one she'll be telling her friends about for a long time. I guess I'm going to say, oh, cool. It was a giant storm and we basically survived it. Reporter: Royal caribbean has said this ship remained seaworthy the entire time and built to withstand even rougher seas and is expected to arrive here around 9:00 tonight. Robin. I bet they can't wait to get back on solid ground. Lins linsey, thank you.

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