Hurricane Sandy strands Spokane travelers on cruise ship



Posted on October 26, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 5:20 PM

JACKSONVILLE-- Local passengers on board Holland America's Eurodam cruise ship just reached port after Hurricane Sandy rerouted the cruise four times.

Hurricane Sandy rerouted the cruise four times between Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Orlando, and Jacksonville.

Friday passengers aboard Holland America's Eurodam cruise ship saw land for the first time since Tuesday.

Bob Henshaw and three other Spokane residents were on board when Hurricane Sandy sent rough seas their way.

The cruise was set to dock in Rhode Island on Wednesday, but that was canceled.

The cruise was routed to south Florida where passengers were told they would go to Fort Lauderdale. Then they were rerouted to Port Canaveral.
After that the ship had trouble getting back to land anywhere.

On Friday afternoon the cruise made it to a coast, but passengers said they knew the Jacksonville cargo dock was far from the Fort Lauderdale port where they planned to finish their trip.

The passengers said safety is more important than following a schedule, and Henshaw said there was no use in complaining. "It’s a choice. Your choice can either be mad and blame someone or just go with the flow."

The ship was docked in Jacksonville on Friday but passengers were not allowed off the ship. They are expected to be allowed off Saturday.