Keeping an Eye on the Radar-Royal Caribbean Signs on First Chief Meteorologist

We received an email from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) today, the email states, ” I loved the article on your site about cruise ship weather, – I thought you might be interested in our newest video today, “Keeping an Eye on the Radar: Royal Caribbean Signs on First Chief Meteorologist.” Casting a watchful eye on the world’s weather around the clock is a tall order, and James Van Fleet is the meteorologist for the job – the first of its kind in the cruise industry. Royal Caribbean’s Chief Meteorologist develops forecasts for the cruise line’s fleet of 24 ships. With his guidance, captains have the added support to continue making informed decisions and delivering the best possible vacation experience for the cruise line’s guests.”

Kudos to RCCL for hiring James Van Fleet.  He will be a huge asset to the corporate management of the RCCL cruise ship fleet.  It was time for RCCL to have a cruise line Chief Meteorologist and they are the first and only cruise line to have a dedicated full-time meteorologist.

On September 4, 2016, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas was caught in Tropical Storm Hermine. The cruise ship was battered by high seas and winds which reached 120 mph.  Tropical storm watches and warnings were in effect from Virginia to Massachusetts, with special concern focused on New Jersey and Delaware.

Tropical Storm – Hurricane Hermine 2016

Anthem of the Seas embarked from Bayonne, New Jersey and headed south, getting caught in the storm. A class action lawsuit was filed on February 25, 2016 by Frank DeLuca, on his own behalf and on behalf of all other similarly situated passengers aboard the Anthem of the Seas.

Cruise Bruise downloaded the lawsuit, which  alleges, “This Class Action lawsuit deals with Defendant RCCL’s knowing and intentional decision to sail the Anthem of the Seas, carrying more than 4,000 paying passengers, directly into the path of a Hurricane. More than 4,000 passengers were subjected to hours of sheer terror as the gigantic cruise ship was battered by hurricane force winds and more than 30 foot waves. This terror was amplified by the recent El Faro tragedy, wherein a cargo ship knowingly sailed into a hurricane and 33 crewmembers all perished. Just months after one of the worst maritime tragedies in recent history, Defendant RCCL’s knowing, intentional and reckless conduct subjects RCCL to the imposition of punitive damages. “

Cruise Ship Weather

Cruise Bruise has had cruise ship weather on our website since 2009. In early 2014, we moved the weather from Cruise Bruise to a website dedicated exclusively to weather.

Our Cruise Ship Weather website provides weather updates for all our Cruise Ship Wave Network.  offers live, real time weather satellites, radars, wind speeds, wave heights, historical tropical storm and hurricane tracks with live real time NOAA fed updates throughout hurricane season. We were following the storm long before Anthem of the Seas left port and we continued to follow this storm and others.

Hurricane Matthew 2016

We followed Hurricane Matthew, which plowed through our region the next month in October. We rode out the storm in our office, after nearly everyone else evacuated. We went Facebook live numerous times from our office throughout the storm. We were also one of the first to document the damage after the storm, including the loss of the pier near our office.

Next month, as hurricane season officially begins, we will be following the storms in real time and going live when storms affect our area. Follow our blog on to get alerts when storms  form, to see our videos and live Facebook webcasts.