Cruises are meant to be a getaway at sea, but as these passengers found out, it’s not ever smooth sailing, especially when unbearable winter climate is involved.
Passengers aboard the Norwegian Breakaway were enjoying the last days of their two-week jaunt all over the Caribbean when their return to New York coincided with the now infamous “bomb cyclone” associated with winter storm Grayson. While most ships are used to bumpy waters and inclement climate , no one was prepared for the hard-hitting rainfalls, heavy snowfall, and towering waves that left most passengers dreading for their lives.
Large crashing waves towering more than 40 feet into the air attained contact with the ship, flooding staterooms.
For hours at a time, the vessel sailed with a strong tilt, as crew members hastened about the ship to try and mop up just as much of the mess as they could.
Communication across the ship was another problem for those on board. During the three days of bumpy conditions, passengers had virtually no notion “where theyre”, how they had gotten there, and if they were in danger.