Arlington couple rides out Harvey on cruise ship stuck at sea

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Donald and Billie horton

ARLINGTON, Tenn. — What was supposed to be a seven-day getaway has turned into an 11-day waiting game for an Arlington couple stuck on a cruise ship as Tropical Storm Harvey spins out on the Gulf Coast.

Donald and Billie Horton are among the thousands stuck on cruise ships at sea. They reached out to WREG on Wednesday.

The told WREG that they were offered an opportunity to take a last-minute cruise.

“[It has been] very stressful for those who have lost property but cannot get back to family or friends,” Billie said.

“We have decided to stay positive especially for those who are visibly shaken. We have seen people cry.”

The Hortons said their Royal Caribbean cruise ship replenished supplies and fuel in Miami on Tuesday. They left Miami hoping they were going back to Galveston but, as of Wednesday, they are still at sea.

The couple said they hope their vehicle parked at Galveston port is not flooded and that roads are available for travel.

But it hasn't been all bad, they said.

"Although this has been a big inconvenience for everyone, RCCL has been wonderful, understanding and caring," they said by email.

"The crew is amazing and upbeat."

The CEO of Royal Caribbean, Michael Bailey, even boarded their ship and spoke to everyone.

According to the Hortons, Bailey told everyone they thought they had a window of opportunity to return to port Sunday morning, but it was soon clear that the port would stay closed.

Despite their desire to be off the boat and back home, the Hortons said they have little to complain about.

"Our inconvenience pales in comparison to all the good people in Texas who have lost much more."

According to Billie, the current plan is that their ship and three others at sea will dock on Friday if the port is open.

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