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Storms in Australia Strand Cruise Ship Outside Sydney

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 21, 2015

Storms in Australia Strand Cruise Ship Outside Sydney

Recent storms have ravaged the southeast portion of Australia and forced the closure of Sydney Harbour, leaving the Carnival Spirit cruise ship and its 2,500 passengers to wait off the coast in the rough seas.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian reporter and her family are on the ship and sending news about the conditions for the 2,500 passengers (with 800 being children) and 1,500 crew members on board.

Fairfax Media reporter Rachel Browne is on the Carnival Spirit as it waits in the choppy seas for the harbor to open. She is reporting that waves have reached over 30-feet high—10 meters—but the crew is reassuring the passengers that the ship can take the abuse and are doing their best to calm people down.

Browne shared her terrifying ordeal with the Sydney Morning Herald:

“We got caught in the storm on Monday night, with 10-metre swells. We went through Newcastle at 3 a.m. It was horrific. You couldn't hear a thing anyone said, the noise was so loud and the rain was blowing sideways. The glasses and teacups in my room smashed – they just blew off the table and hit the wall.”

After the ship was turned away from the harbor, Browne reports that it sailed to Coalcliff before circling back and is now sitting outside Sydney. While the ship is stationary, the crew is turning it to ease the roughness of the sea.

There is damage on board, according to Browne’s comments, but no injuries have been reported.

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