US senator calls for investigation of cruise ship in storm

MIAMI (AP) — Federal transportation officials might soon be looking into a Royal Caribbean cruise ship that ran into high winds and rough seas in the Atlantic Ocean over the weekend.

Sen. Bill Nelson on Monday called for the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the voyage that forced frightened passengers into their cabins overnight Sunday. Nelson questioned why a ship would sail into a storm that had been forecast days earlier.

The National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center had issued an alert for a strong storm four days in advance. The first warning was issued Saturday for possible hurricane-force winds in the area the ship was scheduled to sail through.

Royal Caribbean announced Monday that the ship was turning around and sailing back to its home port in New Jersey.