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Friday
Dec102010

Chaotic Journey Ends for Passengers on Damaged Antarctic Cruise Ship

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(USHUAIA, Argentina) -- The Antarctic cruise ship forced to declare an emergency earlier this week after being slammed by 30-foot waves limped into port in Argentina overnight.

The 165 people on board the Cleilia II appeared relieved and smiling.

On Dec. 7, while returning from the Antarctic, 30- 40-foot waves pounded the ship as it passed through the Drake Passage, an area known for its rough seas. The waves knocked out communications on the ship and partially disabled the ship's engine.

Passengers said the rough seas created chaos inside the ship, with garbage cans rolling down halls and men and women flipping over in their chairs. Some passengers were even launched out of bed.

This isn't the first time the Cleila II has been in trouble. Last year, the same ship ran aground with a different captain. The cruise company, Travel Dynamics International, said the captain of the ship for this journey was heroic, staying on the bridge for four days straight.

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