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Cruise ship rocked by rough seas

It was far from smooth sailing for passengers aboard Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas on Sunday night.

Shortly after departing Port Canaveral, Fla., at 7:30 p.m., the ship experienced "extreme wind and sea conditions, well beyond what was forecasted," the cruise line told NBC News in a statement. 

"The ship experienced wind speeds more than three times what was forecasted," according to Royal Caribbean. "The combination of the wind and sea conditions caused severe ship movement."

TODAY.com contributor John Springer, a passenger aboard the ship, told msnbc.com that the boat was tilting and loose fixtures began falling over. "Guests in the casino on the fourth deck could hear plates, glasses and bottles breaking all around them," he said. "The crew asked all guests to return their staterooms."

There were no serious injuries reported, according to Royal Caribbean. However, Freedom of the Seas did sustain some damage to the public areas and guest staterooms, the cruise line said, adding that the damage in no way affects the seaworthiness of the ship.

Freedom of the Seas is continuing on its regularly scheduled seven-night itinerary, which includes port calls to CocoCay, Bahamas; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; and Phillipburg, St. Maarten.

Freedom of the Seas, which was launched in May 2006, can carry up to 3,634 guests, double occupancy.

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Joy Jernigan is a senior travel editor for msnbc.com. Follow her on Twitter.