By Sadie Whitelocks for Dailymail.com
18:26 04 March 2023, updated 18:26 04 March 2023
- Lyndsee Johnson from Ohio was caught in Hurricane Nicole while sailing
- @samsepicadventure filmed the moment a tornado spun near his ship
- @armandjohnson1 was on a cruise when a woman jumped over the side
Ordinary sailing is not a phrase that comes to mind when looking at these snapshots of cruise vacations.
TikTok is flooded with videos showing a proliferation of catastrophic events on the high seas, with bad weather as the main theme. Inevitable collisions have also been captured, along with searches for passengers who have fallen into the water.
Lyndsee Johnson from Ohio uploaded a video detailing how her husband took her on a cruise for their 10th wedding anniversary, but they ended up getting hit by Hurricane Nicole in 2022.
Far from being the romantic break they imagined, the ship continued to circle to avoid the storm and the sea was so rough that their cabin doors swung open and closed.
At one point in her TikTok, Lyndsee is seen looking a little green at the bathroom sink, giving a weak thumbs up in an attempt to keep things positive.
She gave the trip “0/5 stars” and informed viewers, “Do not recommend sailing through a hurricane.”
In the comments, she revealed that she “kissed the country when we got back to it” and that it was “still the worst thing I’ve personally experienced”.
Creator @samsepicadventure took the emergency up a notch and filmed the moment a violent tornado spun near the ship he was sailing on off the coast of Florida.
Spectators can be heard screaming as the vortex swirls around.
One woman shouts, “I’ve never seen one of those,” while a nearby man thinks, “That’s amazing,” and another adds, “It’s like Twister!”
TikToker @cruiseradio had an equally hairy experience, when 94 mph winds battered his ship in the North Atlantic off the coast of Spain.
Footage from the incident shows waves hitting the vessel and lightning appears to flash at one point.
While many viewers expressed their horror at the scene, @cruiseradio described it as “unbelievable”, adding that “the ship was doing well”.
In another clip, uploaded by @garciafamilyvlog, the waves look even more punishing as they come straight up over the ship’s windows, so you can see what’s lurking below the surface.
The superimposed caption reads: ‘What you don’t want to see on a cruise ship!’
Despite the nerve-wracking scene, the Garcias say they still ‘love’ cruising.
Speaking of crazy waves, another clip posted by @whoaamazing1 shows the ferry disaster that took place in Hamburg in February 2022, when a massive wave crashed through the front of the boat.
The bad weather was a result of Storm Dudley. In the video, a flood of water can be seen pouring into the passenger area with furniture sliding everywhere.
In the end, the vessel reached its destination safely, and no one was seriously injured in the incident.
Another video that went viral online and was reposted by @news.com.au shows the inner pool area of Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas turning into a giant waterfall after the ship had to make an emergency maneuver.
The ship and its captain had taken emergency measures to avoid a suspected refugee flotilla in the sea after visiting CocoCay, Royal Caribbean’s private Caribbean island.
The swing caused the water from the pool’s deck 15 to overflow and overflow. The water trickled down to deck 8 where another pool was located.
Royal Caribbean officials confirmed in a statement to DailyMail.com that no damage was reported and no one was injured as a result of the incident in January.
Collisions seem to be a big concern for many cruise guests, and a TikTok posted by @sfduder shows the moment a Norwegian liner hit an iceberg in Alaska last year.
The clip begins with the cameraman exclaiming “Titanic 2.0” before repeatedly shouting “Oh my God!”
As the ship collides with the giant chunk of ice, it can be seen spinning around with onlookers heard shouting in disbelief.
The cameraman explains after the scene plays out: “I was just amazed by the size of it.
“Like it started really small and I was like it was just a little one and it just got bigger and bigger and bigger and it went by and it started rolling and… it was huge!
Norwegian Cruise Line ships had to cancel the rest of their voyage after the accident near Hubbard Glacier, Alaska, and the ship was cleared to return to Seattle for repairs.
Other passengers said the impact “rocked the whole vessel” and that it “sounded like a door closing.”
Creator @maddieostlerr recalled another cruise ship failure. She posted a clip her sister took while cruising, showing two ships bumping into each other in strong winds.
One of the liners appears to have sustained significant damage, with parts of the bodywork falling apart.
The woman filming the clip can be heard saying “holy shiz… stop, stop, stop… oh my god, this is bad” as she watches the scene unfold from the sidelines.
But while weather can cause major damage to ships, human error and mechanical failure can also turn things south.
In fact, TikToker @mattkohrs uploaded a video showing a passenger docked next to the Carnival cruise ship that caught fire in Grand Turk last year.
Plumes of smoke and violent flames can be seen coming out of the ship’s funnel.
The cause of the fire aboard the Carnival Freedom was not determined, and it continued to sail after repairs that led to the cancellation of three voyages.
Another technical mishap occurred on the Viking Sky ship in March 2019, when an engine failure caused it to almost run aground.
A clip recovered by @emersonmayers_ shows the chaotic scene as the incident happened with the furniture – including the grand piano – sliding around the main saloon as the vessel yawned from side to side.
More than 400 people had to be lifted to safety when the ship was seen leaning at almost 45 degrees.
The ship had almost 1,400 passengers and crew on board when it came within 100 meters of going aground before engineers could restart one of its engines.
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The Norwegian Maritime Authority later reported that the ship’s engines stopped due to relatively low levels of lubricating oil in the engines.
Another frightening prospect for seafarers is people falling overboard. Ehline Law Frim reports that from 2000 to 2016 there were 270 fall overboard cases reported by the cruise lines.
Unfortunately for @armandjohnson1 he was on a cruise vacation when a 32 year old woman jumped over the side about 150 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
He filmed the moment security came to take away a distraught passenger. However, she later managed to escape and jump overboard from the 10th floor. His footage shows dozens of people gathered at the balconies to see what happened.
@armandjohnson1 explains: “They ran to the side to throw her rafts. They turned the ship around for her… I hope they find this lady.
After an unsuccessful day’s search, TikTokers revealed that the crew of Carnival’s Valor had to give up their efforts. He offered prayers to the family.