Cruise Ship Footage Shows a Frightening Trip Through the 'Bomb Cyclone'

Last week ended in a flurry of flurries up the east coast, with snow falling from Florida to Maine as the so-called "Bomb Cyclone" left a mess of cold, snow, and flooding in its wake. You may remember as the storm approached, the worst of it was out over the Atlantic Ocean

Unfortunately for some, they too were in the Atlantic Ocean. The cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway was out there. The ship departed New York City on December 29 and sailed right on through the storm, scaring the hell out of its thousands of passengers. 

CBS New York reports the ship was in the storm for two days, battling 30-foot swells and a constant downpour of rain and sleet. The video above shows a barrage of snow, leaking rooms, and tilting floors. Del Ross, a passenger on the ship, told CBS their room took on two inches of water.

That's not hard to believe after seeing footage from the cruise, collected by YouTuber RedCurtEnt who writes in the video's description that they were aboard the ship.

“There were people crying, everyone was throwing up. it was a nightmare,” Olivia Ross told CBS. “It was so tilted I was shaking.”

The cruise line issued two statements, according to CBS. The first apologized to customers on the next cruise, which was delayed. It made no mention of the people who had just endured the stormy journey. The statement provided to CBS reads:
“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 New York from the Bahamas. All guests and crew are safe. We sincerely apologize to our guests for these stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort they may have experienced."

The cruise returned to shore on January 5 with some frustrated passengers, but thankfully no one sustained serious injuries in the storm.

h/t Mashable / CBS New York

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