CNN – Royal Caribbean is putting its employees aboard one of its own majestic ships to get them out of the path of Hurricane Irma.
The employees and their dependents will board the Enchantment of the Seas, a thousand-foot ship that can handle almost 2,500 passengers, and churn to calmer waters before the hurricane slams into Florida this weekend.
The ship became available after the hurricane forced the cancellation of a scheduled cruise to the Bahamas.
“Enchantment of the Seas was scheduled to sail on Friday for a weekend cruise,” said Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez to CNNMoney. “That sailing was canceled. So we offered our employees and their family the option of evacuating on the ship.”
The ship will depart Friday at noon, go out to blue skies and calm seas, and then return once the Port of Miami has reopened, said Martinez. Royal Caribbean would not say where they were headed for calmer seas.
Hurricane Irma could make landfall in South Florida on Sunday morning. The storm already lashed St. Barts, St. Martin and Barbuda with 180 mph winds, killing at least 9 people and causing extensive destruction.