June 11, 2012
(11:15 a.m. EDT) -- On Saturday Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas picked up Cuban refugees floating on a raft in the Atlantic Ocean. The ship also stopped to check out a second raft that turned out to be empty.
The pick up, of five refugees, was initially reported by WSVN News 7 in Miami. According to the TV station, the group was given food and water and then transferred to a U.S. Coast Guard ship.
We learned of the second raft from Cruise Critic members who were posting on the forums yesterday and today.
"It actually happened twice on the same day," wrote Cruise Critic member Sadric.
Member Cruiserdrinker also said they "did get to see the action from our balcony on the second raft they found."
Members also watched the refugees depart from Allure of the Seas to board the Coast Guard ship.
At press time Royal Caribbean had not yet responded to Cruise Critic's request for more information.
--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor