New York, NY, United States (4E) – A Norwegian cruise ship was delayed from docking at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal Sunday after a propulsion malfunction left it stuck in the Hudson River for about three hours.
The Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Breakaway encountered a failed thruster around 7:40 a.m. and crews called the Coast Guard for assistance. One of the propellers broke down according to NCL spokeswoman Anne Marie Matthews.
Coast Guard spokesman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons said the captain called for assistance because the tide was strong. The tugboat towed the ship after the tide subsided arriving at Pier 88 on West 48th Street docking there at 10:30 a.m.
The delayed docking agitated many of the more than 4,500 passengers aboard the cruise liner leading to shouting matches and pushing and shoving, according to other passengers. The crews tried to calm them down by offering breakfast and bottled water as the ship was tugged.
A passenger also complained that the disembarkation was disorganized.
The cruise ship was coming back from a 7-day Caribbean tour and had been scheduled to unload at Pier 88 at 7:30 a.m.