According to reports, the passengers were on a 12-day Northern Lights cruise that began on March 14 and was supposed to arrive at its final destination in England on March 26.
The Viking Sky had been stopping at various Norwegian towns before the Saturday mayday call.
During the scary ship chaos, furniture slid from side-to-side on the Norwegian cruise ship experiencing engine failure amid severe winds and choppy water.
Rescue helicopters have to airlift more than 1,300 people from the distressed ship .
Some of the passengers who made it back to the mainland, called the experience the worst and scariest of their lives. One woman said there’s water and broken glass everywhere due to items being thrown around and smashing windows, and people are getting cut up.
There are still reportedly more than 800 people on board, as the helicopters can only rescue 10-15 at a time, and the rescue boats have been having difficulty in the rough waters.
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