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Scary footage of hellish cruise surfaces

What happens when 10-metre high waves smash into one of the world’s biggest cruise ships?

If you’re prone to seasickness, look away now (and thank goodness you’re on terra firma).


New footage has emerged of some pretty terrifying moments a cruise ship passed through what resembles something out of A Perfect Storm. Though, unlike poor Mr Amal Clooney and Marky Mark, these passengers lived to tell the tale (and video parts of it, of course).



The vessel, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, was sailing the Atlantic Ocean for Port Carnival, Florida in February 2016 when it was forced to do a U-turn, but not before the liner hit some savage 10-metre high waves, and at least one passenger captured on camera (what we hope was) the worst of it.


The footage shows massive waves crashing into a cabin window, as well as water leaking through a lift shaft, and even a passenger walking at an angle through a corridor, in what is described as “the gangster lean”.


“Jesus Christ man! We're under water on the third floor,” one of the American passengers says. “We're not even moving.”


Another passenger is heard joking, “We're just standing in one place trying not to die”.


The man who filmed the video, Stephen Burke, said he performs music on cruise ships and usually experiences perfect conditions. But on this occasion, he said the rough conditions lasted 14 hours.


Some 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members endured three days of wild seas, for which Royal Caribbean was later forced to apologise for sailing into.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 13 March 2017

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