Norwegian Cruise Line passengers shaken after traversing monster two-day winter storm

Carla Harmon
January 12, 2018

"During the early morning hours of January 4", an NCL press statement read, "Norwegian Breakaway encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions due to winter storm Grayson during the trip's return to NY from The Bahamas".

The ship was on its way back from the Bahamas.

'When you're on a boat in the middle of the ocean and water is pouring down the stairs, you're thinking 'this is not going to end well, ' Karoline said.

Amateur video captured on-board the 325-metre cruise ship shows massive swells pounding the Norwegian Breakaway as sea water floods guest suites and hallways, forcing a number of passengers to seek refuge in communal spaces.

CBS News interviewed the Ross family of Stony Brook, New York about their two-day ordeal on Friday.

The Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship made a decision to ignore the weather reports about Grayson and underestimated its strength, leading to passengers having a bad ride.

A passenger on a massive cruise liner that got pummelled by big nine-metre swells in the middle of a fierce winter cyclone pleaded with people to "pray for us all".

"People were getting sick", Mr Ross told Newsday said. "'It was so tilted I was shaking".

"People had life vests on", said passenger Karoline Ross.

One passenger declared it was a "cruise from hell".

On their way back to NY at the end of last week, they sailed through the massive storm.

"All guests and crew are safe", the company statement said. "I think Norwegian did a great job of handling the communications and just making sure we were informed". "We sincerely apologize to our guests for the stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort or inconvenience they may have experienced".

Chuck Tredo (l.) and Ree Tredo (r.), from Dallas, were boarding the Norwegian Cruise Line on Saturday.

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