The refugees were floating on a row boat attached to barrels
They were spotted just before the sun rose on Sunday morning
They were taken aboard the Independence of the Seas ship until the US Coast Guard arrived to pick them up
One passenger said at first people thought the refugees were pirates
The refugees were floating on a row boat that appeared to be attached to barrels, with backpacks and paddles inside.
They were taken aboard the cruise ship aptly-titled Independence of the Seas until the US Coast Guard arrived and picked them up.
Passenger Mark Sims said that at first others believed the refugees were pirates trying to get on the ship.
There were more than 4,000 passengers and 1,500 crew members on board at the time.
This isn’t the first time a Royal Caribbean ship picked up Cuban refugees.