Tulsa families home safe after cruise ship diverts for Hurricane Irma

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 19:24:49-04

Stranded at sea, a Tulsa family had no idea their cruise would turn into what it did.

Don and Melissa Brock said their trip was diverted last minute all because of Hurricane Irma.

For the Brocks, it was their honeymoon and they couldn't wait to get back to Tulsa.

“It was OK, but it wasn't the ideal of what we had planned," said Melissa.

After the couple left port on their cruise from Fort Lauderdale, they learned Hurricane Irma was going to change their course.

“When you have something planned and you've got this idea, 'alright we're going to do this this and this and you're staged up and they say, ‘no you're not, you're going to do that that and that,' no…" said Don.

Don said their boat diverted away from the Caribbean to avoid the hurricane and took forever to get them home safely.

“It wasn't horrible, but I spent enough time in the Navy doing circles and squares. I don't need to do those anymore. Just going out, having fun and coming back is alright with me," said Don.

Don and Melissa were more worried about family living in Naples--that's where the eye of Hurricane Irma passed right over.

“Thankfully just about three inches away and they would've been flooded," said Melissa.

The Brock's were one of the lucky ones. We're told they were at least the first round that got off the ship, into port and on a flight back home. We're told several more are expected to arrive by the end of the week.

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