The Norwegian Cruise Line is blaming a strong, sudden gust of wind for tilting the Norwegian Escape on Sunday night, an incident reportedly responsible for injuring multiple passengers.
“Just before midnight on Sunday, March 3, Norwegian Escape encountered unexpected weather in the form of a sudden, extreme gust of wind, estimated at 100 knots, which resulted in the ship heeling to the port side,” the cruise line wrote on Twitter.
“Several injuries were reported and those guests and crew received immediate attention or are being treated by the ship’s medical staff.”
The cruise line said the ship sustained no damage during the incident.
Passengers on the Escape, however, shared reports of damage to the interior of the cabins and common areas of the ship, including “shattered glass all over” one of the passenger’s beds, and watching as furniture and fellow travelers “went flying” across the floor.
“The scariest s–t just happened on this cruise. Chairs, tables, glass, people went flying to one side of the ship,” another passenger wrote.
“Everything in our room falling and sliding … I have never been so scared in my whole life,” wrote another Facebook user, claiming that plates and glasses were smashed across the common area’s floor, and a “lotto machine fell on an old lady,” resulting in “blood everywhere.”
“Everyone was out of their rooms. Holding each other, crying, smoking,” she added.
“There’s no exaggeration on statements and pictures posted online. Ship was like at 45 degrees angle … freaked out everyone … but they said it was normal lol,” claimed a separate passenger.
Photos from inside the ship also appeared to show glass and debris all over the floor, as well as passengers rushing away from an indoor pool area.
The cruise, which originated in New York City, had been struck by the strong gust shortly into the voyage, en route to Port Canaveral, Fla., according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The cruise is expected to remain on schedule, stopping in the Bahamas before returning to New York, Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed.