Snow and high winds hit the east coast of the United States in January, coinciding with New Year’s celebrations…
Thousands of passengers on the Norwegian Cruise Line ship, Norwegian Breakaway, were confined to their cabins, clinging to their beds and luggage as the ship sailed into the path of the “bomb cyclone”.
The terrifying weather lasted a number of days as the ship sailed towards the Bahamas and then allegedly turned back to New York City. There were over 4 000 passengers on board while the ship was being battered by hurricane-force winds and almost 10-metre swells.
According to reports, a bomb cyclone is a low-pressure system that intensifies very rapidly.
Passengers shared videos of their experiences on social media. Take a look at some of the footage below:
@KevinFrankish just got off the Norwegian Breakaway Cruise ship that decided to sail through the winter storm Grayson. What an ordeal! Glad we made it through. This was filmed from the 6th floor deck. pic.twitter.com/HWhxDBzE0M
— Ishan Byrde (@ishanbyrde) January 6, 2018
Hey @elvisduran @ElvisDuranShow call me tomorrow I want to talk about my experience on the Norwegian Breakaway Cruise last week during the winter storm, It was horrible! And @CruiseNorwegian is being very silent about the whole thing. pic.twitter.com/vj3m3OyyAA
— Rich (@bargerr) January 8, 2018
Cruise ship The Norwegian Breakaway carrying 4,000 passengers is battered by 30-feet swells and hurricane force winds as it sailed directly INTO the winter 'bomb cyclone' on way to Bahamas before turning back https://t.co/O1HzYQF8tV
— McDonald 69 (@McDonald_69) January 6, 2018