105 Injured When Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Rolled

Royal Caribbean now says 105 passengers were injured when its Brilliance of the Seas rolled in rough seas near Alexandria, Egypt earlier this week. That's substantially more than the 30 injuries previously reported by the cruise line.

"As the cruise progressed, additional guests presented to the medical facility with symptoms and/or injuries," Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez tells AOL Travel News. She adds 105 "is the final number."

The injuries occured when the 2,100-passenger cruise ship was battered by an intense storm in the Mediterranean and listed several times.

Royal Caribbean says the ship experienced extreme conditions including "heavy seas and 70 knot winds, nearly double what had been forecasted," in the incident on Sunday.

There were reports huge waves rocked the ship so dramatically that furniture and a large Christmas tree in the ship's atrium toppled, and a grand piano smashed into a wall.

Most of the passenger injuries were minor -- bumps, bruises, scrapes and cuts -- though two guests suffered fractures. Crew members were also injured. All were treated by onboard medical personnel.

Egyptian authorities later closed the Alexandria port due to the unusually strong storm.

The Brilliance, which was on a 12-day cruise from Barcelona, diverted to its next port, Valletta, Malta.

Several of the ship's public areas were also damaged in the storm, including the video arcade, disco and hair salon, but repairs have since been made. The ship's operating systems were not impacted.

Royal Caribbean gave guests on the cruise a full refund.

The ship returned to Barcelona as scheduled, and embarks today on its next sailing.

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