It's every seafarer's nightmare: a cruise ship is hit by a giant wave during a storm. Several panes break. For one man, the incident ends fatally.
A giant wave killed one person and injured four others on an Antarctic cruise ship. The wave hit the "Viking Polaris" in the middle of a heavy storm, the Viking group said. The ship was reportedly on its way to Ushuaia, Argentina.
According to the information, the "Viking Polaris" was partially damaged by the wave. It moored in Ushuaia, around 3200 kilometers south of the capital Buenos Aires. Eyewitnesses spoke of several broken windows.
According to the shipping company, the approximately 200-meter-long “Viking Polaris” was only built this year. Up to 378 passengers can travel on it. More than 250 crew members look after their well-being and safety. The shipping company only reported the handover of the ship on September 27th. She had started her first voyage in Amsterdam and wanted to take travelers into the Antarctic summer.
Just two weeks ago, another Antarctic cruise had a fatal accident: two 76 and 80-year-old men died when they were traveling in a dinghy and it capsized.