Norwegian Breakaway Sails Through Rough Winter Storm Angering Passengers

Elias Hubbard
January 8, 2018

Four days into the voyage, Mr Ross and his 21-person party were all smiles as they celebrated his father's 80th birthday but they soon learned the return trip was going to be anything but a holiday.

Del Ross said Sunday he and his family embarked on their Norwegian Cruise Line voyage December 29 from NY for Ross' father's 80th birthday.

Twenty-one members of the ross family, from Stony Brook, New York, recalled the experience to CBS News.

Terrified passengers aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line said a prayer last week amid traversing a monster, two-day winter storm that left many fearing for their lives.

"I thought I'd never be in a situation where I would say that's the scariest moment of my life".

"Our room was full on two inches of water". Broken glass was everywhere and water poured from the ceiling. The Breakaway, which saw some flooding during the storm, is expected to begin sailing from New Orleans in November.

The company said in a statement: "During the early morning hours of January 4, 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 finally returned to port on Friday, but not a moment too soon for those onboard.

Video taken by passengers show waves crashing at sea, water pouring down stairs and damage throughout the ship.

Passengers who spoke to CBS New York shared stories of people crying and throwing up, and general panic.

"I'm completely traumatized", fellow passenger Emma Franzese told CBS when the ship docked. Conor Vogt said he was "holding on for dear life", adding, "I honestly wasn't sure we were going to make it through the night. The safety of our guest and crew is always our top priority and the ship's Captain adjusted the ship's speed and itinerary accordingly to maintain the safest possible route, delaying the ship's arrival".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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