Winter storm threatens cruise ship with monstrous waves, winds, and flooding

Winter storm threatens cruise ship with monstrous waves, winds, and flooding

Passengers aboard the Norwegian Breakaway - the cruise ship that will relocate to New Orleans later this year - got a "nightmare" ending to their vacation after the ship was caught in the powerful winter storm that battered the U.S. East Coast last week.

Norwegian Breakaway at Meyer Werft Shipyard, Papenburg, in February 2013. "'It was so tilted I was shaking".

The trip left the Bahamas last week before the storm to make its way to NY.

"We sincerely apologize to our guests for these stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort they may have experienced", Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement.

Some passengers said they felt "traumatized" and that their lives were put in danger.

"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".

'There were people crying, everyone was throwing was a nightmare, ' said Olivia Ross.

The New York Daily News reported that the ship encountered 30-foot swells, sending water into rooms and elevators.

"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".

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".

The cruise line has apologised to passengers following the journey.

On their way back to NY at the end of last week, they sailed through the massive storm. Some guests were not feeling safe in their rooms, moving to the ship's atrium. "I think Norwegian did a great job of handling the communications and just making sure we were informed".