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:

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