There is a reason why some people opt for land-locked vacation instead of cruises. Being on a ship for several days at a time can be a bit frightening and if anything goes wrong, well, you are in the middle of the ocean. Maybe the Titanic tragedy had something to do with the fears that we have over being stranded on a sinking ship. But, there are other vacationers who live for these types of cruises and they take every chance they get to go on them to enjoy the perks of the endless food supply, onboard entertainment and building new bonds with strangers from all over the world.
For those who were on board a recent cruise off the coast of South Africa, they were faced with a frightening situation when the boat was being battered by waves and rocked side to side, tilting almost 45 degrees. Based on the footage that was captured by passerby on the beach, it looks as if the ship was literally going to tip over onto its side. For the passengers on board, the adventure was quite frightening but lucky for them, there were no injuries reported and the car carrier made it safely into the harbor. Talk about a close call.
A couple happened to be taking an innocent stroll on the beach when they noticed the ship swaying side to side being banged by some enormous waves. While the ship is close to shore, its slow and deep rocks make it look like it’s about to topple over any minute. From the outside, it’s easy to picture a bunch of passengers clinging to the sides of the ship and sliding across the to the other side every time it rocks back to the other side. Compared to the massive ship, the waves actually don’t look all that big but the combination of the wind and treacherous waters makes for a pretty scary situation. Luckily, the ship eventually gets back in control and manages to steer its way steadily back on track.
Imagine being on board when the boat was rocking side to side at such a rapid pace? Talk about one heck of a case of sea sickness.
The footage that was captured has viewers thinking twice about getting on board a cruise anytime soon and commenters shared the following thoughts.
Some debated that the ship was a cruise ship and others had advice for the captain…
“Incorrect sensationalist journalism. This is a car-carrier, not a cruise ship. The ship is rolling due to her tender stability and the wave action. All in a day’s work for the thousands of professional seafarers around the world.”
“That was more like 30 degrees but it would still be scary as hell…”
“No ballast. The captain needs a good kicking.”
Either way, the incident was frightening for both those on the inside and those witnessing it from the outside, and it’s now being viewed all over the world, as people are captivated by the sight of something so massive being threatened by nature.