Cruise: Panic breaks out on board – minutes of shock on the Viking Sea

This cruise was definitely not for the faint of heart.

Suddenly panic broke out on board the Viking Sea, which was in Ravenna harbour. 870 vacationers were on board during the shock minutes cruise steamer.

Cruise: Suddenly panic spreads among the guests

Those were dramatic minutes that vacationers on the Viking Sea had to live through last Saturday. The fault was the weather, which brought gusts of wind of up to 150 km/h. Thanks to the gusts, the ship was torn from its anchorage. In addition to the 870 passengers, there were also around 200 crew members on board.


Information about cruises:

  • Holiday travel on a cruise ship is referred to as a cruise or cruise travel.
  • These take place along fixed routes between different ports.
  • The term has its origins in the 17th-century Dutch word “kruiser”.

Five tugs were sent to slow down the drift course in the storm and rain and thus get the cruise giant back under control. According to “Shipping Italy”, the 228 meter long and 47,800 ton ship was in danger of running aground. To counteract this, the captain dropped the anchor at the bow.

Moment of shock during a cruise. (icon picture) Photo: IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Cruise ship difficult to control

It took an enormous amount of effort on the part of the people involved to get the huge ship back under control and back into port. The local port authority said the following about what happened:


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“Due to the exceptionally unfavorable weather conditions of the last few hours, the Viking Sea cruise ship, which was regularly berthed at the Porto Corsini cruise terminal at 8:00 a.m. (southern berth), drifted due to the strong northerly bura gusts of an absolutely extraordinary intensity, from his position. The harbor master’s office and the technical and nautical services (tugs, pilots and mooring lines) intervened immediately and supported the ship, which is now safe and under constant surveillance. There were no consequences for the passengers, who were able to continue their activities on board as usual.” Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.

Source: Derwesten

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J. A. Allen

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