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With a Norwegian Cruise Line ship having to sail through the bomb cyclone storm that dumped snow and ice-cold temperatures on some of the East Coast this week, videos emerging from that boat ride show a vessel that was rocked by big waves and flooded by seawater.
It might be enough to make you seasick.
The bomb cyclone might have looked wild from space, but it’s a good bet those who experienced it on the Norwegian Breakaway ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean didn’t feel such wonderment.
“I thought I’d never be in a situation where I would say that’s the scariest moment of my life. This was the worst moment of my life,” passenger Karoline Ross told CBS New York after the ship, which traveled from the Bahamas to New York, docked. “… 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.’”
If you watch the videos below, you can see her point.
People were also upset about what they said was a lack of communication between the crew and the passengers.
@CruiseNorwegian #NCLbreakaway help me understand why we get 20 Announcements per day about bingo and art, but when the ship takes on water and is listing 9 degrees they are silent for hours. This is unacceptable!— Jason George (@JasonGeorge0614) January 6, 2018
The cruise line eventually put out a statement saying the Norwegian Breakaway “encountered stronger than forecasted weather conditions” and it apologized for “any resulting discomfort” passengers might have experienced.
But one passenger, Brenda Wriedt, was still upset. As she told CBS New York, “The captain should’ve told us a little more. He kept saying, ‘We’re in rough seas.’ Well, no crap we’re in rough seas.”
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.