As far as cruise ship disasters go, this one was fairly minor, but passengers still reportedly got into fights before it was resolved.
On Sunday morning, while trying to dock in New York City, Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, the Breakaway, experienced issues with her steering and propulsion system. This created an inability to dock, and caused the ship to be stuck on the river for several hours.
Normal docking time for the ship is around 7AM. A tug had to be called in and the ship was finally docked at Pier 88 around 10AM.
The problem was taking place inside the ship, where hundreds of passengers were in line in anticipation of departing the ship upon docking. Passengers reported the crowd at 200 deep with other passengers trying to cut line, and crowd into elevators while those already in line were going nowhere.
Other passengers reported that the cruise line personnel handled the situation well.
Details are sketchy about what happened during the wait period, but Norwegian is said to have dispersed security personnel to the mass of people during the 3 hours it took to dock. There are unconfirmed reports that at least one fight between anxious passengers broke out.
The Norwegian Breakaway is Norwegian Cruise Line's newest ship, just having celebrated her one year anniversary last week. She carries approximately 4,000 passengers, and serves the Bermuda market in the spring and summer, moving to the Caribbean in fall and winter.
An afternoon cruise out of NY Harbor was said to be unaffected by this morning's incident and was scheduled to leave on time.