Norwegian Cruise Line confirmed that the Norwegian flight cruise experienced a "sudden extreme gust" of 100 knots (or about 115 miles per hour) and began to tilt towards the harbor side.
Tony Ciaramello, from New Jersey, was on the cruise ship under the gust and told the Eyewitness News he thought he was going to die.
"People who fly all over the place. All dishes and bottles are smashing all over the bars. The signs are falling, chairs flying over the main room. I went flying as it tilted and landed on the stomach and enjoyed as 20 feet and smashed into one shine in the middle of the floor, "Ciaramello said via text message.
The cruise line confirmed that "more" people were injured and treated by the ship's medical staff. It did not confirm the number or extent of these injuries.
The ship launched a seven-night cruise out of New York City and headed for its first stop, Port Canaveral, according to Sun-Sentinel.
Norwegian said the ship had expected an early arrival on Tuesday.
"No damage to the ship remains fully operational and continues its planned itinerary," crossed the cruise line. "None of the current itineraries or the next sailing is expected to be affected."
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