Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

'Traumatized' passengers on NYC-bound cruise detail perilous trip through bomb cyclone

'Traumatized' passengers on NYC-bound cruise detail perilous trip through bomb cyclone

"People were getting sick", Mr Ross told Newsday said.

"I thought I'd never be in a situation where I would say that's the scariest moment of my life, but this was the worst moment of my life". The seasoned boaters called it traumatic.

A Stony Brook family said their cruise to the Bahamas took a frightening turn when their ship sailed straight into the winter storm that pummeled the East Coast last week.

'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.

Norwegian Cruise Line did not wish to appear on camera, but said in a statement that the Breakaway encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions.

The Norwegian Breakaway
The Norwegian Breakaway

Although the large ship, which holds 4000 holidaymakers, docked safely in NY on Saturday, terrified passengers endured two frightening days of massive seas which had some fearing they were about to die. "It was so tilted I was shaking". Broken glass was everywhere and water poured from the ceiling.

Mendez also said that the captain did not provide updates in a timely manner with enough information as they sailed through the storm's path. The Norwegian Breakaway cruise left the Bahamas Tuesday with about 4,000 people on board.

That means this sailing will be reduced to a 13-day duration with guests offered "a refund of one day of their cruise fare in the form of an onboard credit". All guests and crew are safe. "We sincerely apologize to our guests for the stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort or inconvenience they may have experienced". "It was really terrible", Karoline said. I honestly wasn't sure we were going to make it through the night.

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

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