One of my greatest fears is being stuck at sea…especially with a bunch of strangers who I probably don’t like very much. Passengers on a Norweigan Cruise were unfortunate enough to sail directly into a rare, intense storm known as a “bomb cyclone”, and the video footage and photos that emerged were pretty terrifying. And they didn’t help diminish my fears at all. The National Weather Service Ocean Prediction Center sent out a warning about the massive storm.
The storm gathered strength and soon threatened the entire east coast. Eventually, the storm zeroed in on the cruise ship and passengers experienced the terrifying conditions as seen in the videos below.
— Lee (@Lee12620607) January 7, 2018
Passengers were obviously not happy with how the cruise line handled the situation.
#NorwegianBreakaway Happy we survived the storm. Questionable decision by Norwegian to risk nearly 5000 lives and sail through this storm. Emotional impacted many passengers. pic.twitter.com/kTwbCMyCmt
— Ishan Byrde (@ishanbyrde) January 6, 2018
Never again on the #NorwegianBreakaway. That was the scariest cruise ever. All we knew was tenders couldn’t make it to NCL private island. Then we just left, no information, no updates, 3+ days of rough waves, and entire family sick, locked inside a tilted ship. Disgraceful….. pic.twitter.com/5ecdPtTrlc
— LA4Life (@LA4Life32) January 6, 2018
Norweigan Cruise Lines officials said that the crew encountered worse conditions than they predicted.
The ship eventually returned safely to port, but not until passengers and crew endured what was obviously a horrible ordeal at sea. You won’t find me on a cruise ship anytime soon…