The Breakaway encountered “stronger than forecasted weather conditions” due to the storm, according to Norwegian Cruise Line.
A Stony Brook family said their cruise to the Bahamas took a frightening turn during last week’s winter storm, and now wants to know why they set sail in such perilous conditions.
Del Ross said Sunday he and his family embarked on their Norwegian Cruise Line voyage Dec. 29 from New York for Ross’ father’s 80th birthday. Aboard the Norwegian Breakaway, the 21-person party celebrated the octogenarian, also Del Ross, and a surprise marriage proposal.
Ross’ daughter, Alexandra Ross, 26, became engaged on the ship, just before things “went sour,” Del Ross said.
After four days of smooth sailing, they reached the Bahamas and instead of spending the day on Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, they headed back north toward the unrelenting wind and rain, said Del Ross, 48.
On the return trip, the ship rocked violently, water spilled down stairways and elevators, and some rooms became flooded, forcing several people — including Ross’ three daughters — to sleep in the ship’s atrium, Del Ross said.
“People were getting sick,” he said. “They were miserable. You couldn’t walk down an aisle without falling.”
A representative for Norwegian Cruise Line said the ship encountered “stronger than forecasted weather conditions” due to the storm.
“The safety of our guest and crew is always our top priority and the ship’s Captain adjusted the ship’s speed and itinerary accordingly to maintain the safest possible route, delaying the ship’s arrival,” Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement emailed Sunday to Newsday. “We sincerely apologize to our guests for the stronger than expected weather conditions and any resulting discomfort or inconvenience they may have experienced.”