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NC woman aboard cruise ship during massive storm describes 'horror'

Crystal Hutchins and family before the storm hit. (Photo courtesy: Crystal Hutchins) Crystal Hutchins and family before the storm hit. (Photo courtesy: Crystal Hutchins)
STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) -

A cruise ship caught up in a massive storm off the Atlantic coast came back to port in the U.S. Wednesday night. Now, a NC woman aboard the ship is talking about the horrifying experience.

"It was 12 hours of wondering if you were going to survive or not," Crystal Hutchins of Statesville told WBTV over the phone.

It was a terrifying experience no one expected. Hutchins was one of the thousands of people aboard the Anthem of the Seas, caught in a storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

"It was just surreal," Hutchins said. "I mean, I have a 3-year-old, so I was just worried. What do you do? What do you do next - because it was solid horror."

Massive winds and waves battered the ship, creating a mess. Video showed the chaos that unfolded during the storm.

"The ceilings out in some parts of the boat," Hutchins described the violence. "Chairs and tables were scattered everywhere. We've seen a couple people that had been injured pretty badly. It was just crazy."

Hutchins says the passengers were told to stay in their rooms during the ordeal.

Royal Carbbean said the wind speeds were higher than what was forecasted. Hutchins isn't happy with that explanation.

"If you knew the storm was out there that bad, there's no amount of money worth risking," she said. "You just took our lives right in your hands and just gambled with it."

The boat was safely docked at port Wednesday night. Hutchins and her family were still waiting to get off the boat when they spoke to WBTV.

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