The cruise ship Clelia Ii is limping back to shore this morning after a high-seas nightmare. The ship, filled with American passengers, was en route to Argentina from the Antarctic when it was slammed by a monster wave.
The monster wave shattered windows, short circuited electrical systems, and damaged one of the ship’s engines. According to a statement released by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators, “This caused a temporary loss of communications and affected engine performance. Both engines remained operational and speed was reduced.” In other reports, it was indicated that speed was reduced to 1 knot, the equivalent of approximately 1 mile per hour.
None of the 88 American passengers were injured, however, a crew member suffered minor injuries.
After another Antarctic cruise ship provided aid and repairs were completed, the ship is expected to arrive back in Argentina Thursday evening (December 9).
Video link: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/12/09/am.battered.cruise.ship.cnn?hpt=T2