One of the 8 cruise ships anchored off Devon's coast lost her anchor due to severe weather brought by Storm Christoph.
It comes after Met Office issued a yellow weather warning covering Cornwall and Devon.
A spokesperson for TUI Cruises said:
'We can confirm that yesterday (January 19), Marella Explorer 2 lost her starboard anchor in Torbay.
''Due to the weather conditions, engines and a second anchor were available on standby and the ship was able to be secured quickly without damage."
He added the anchor will be recovered. An investigation will be completed before it is reinstated to the ship.
All relevant authorities had been notified at the time.
For more Marella Explorer 2 accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.