According to Cynthia Martinez, director of global corporate communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the rescue occurred today at approximately 5:30 a.m. as the ship sailed from San Juan to Philipsburg, St. Maarten. After sailing toward the red flare, the ship encountered a small boat with two passengers. Crew lowered a boat into the water and rescued the two men, both from the Dominican Republic.
Once onboard, the men received food, water and medical treatment.
The ship continued on to St. Maarten, where it was met by the Coast Guard.
Freedom of the Seas is in the midst of a seven-night itinerary that departed Port Canaveral on December 15.