Cruise ships can be lifesavers—they get us away from the daily grind and inspire us to explore exotic places. But these floating cities can also literally save lives. And that’s exactly what happened yesterday morning, when Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity rescued two rowers whose small boat had sunk in the Atlantic.
Tom Fancett and Tom Sauer, two European competitors in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge—a rowing race across the ocean—hit a large wave 480 miles west of the Canary Islands that sank their boat. At the same time, the Crystal Serenity happened to be sailing from the Canary Islands to St. Maarten. A rescue assist call came in from the U.K.’s Coast Guard, the ship quickly changed course and, with bad weather closing in, crew members located the boaters and hauled them safely aboard.
Sounds like a movie tous—agents are probably already scrambling to sign these guys up. And now they get to complete the transatlantic trip on Crystal Cruises, the No. 1-rated large-ship cruise line in T+L’s World’s Best survey. They won’t win the race, but we’d say they made out just fine.
Rich Beattie is the Executive Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure