The cruise ship Carnival Spirit is seen docked in Sydney Harbour after monster seas abated enough for the ship that had been stuck on the open ocean outside Sydney Harbour for two days to finally dock to the huge relief of the 2,500 passengers on board on April 22, 2015.
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April 22, 2015 10:52 AM EDT

Thousands of weary passengers stranded at sea for more than 24-hours as 30-foot waves blocked their cruise ship from docking finally made it back to shore early Wednesday in Australia.

The Carnival Spirit — with 2,500 passengers and 1,500 crew aboard — was forced to remain out at sea as a massive storm pummeled Australia’s coastline and shut down Sydney Harbor.

“Upstairs on the main deck a lot of the glass had actually been pushed out and smashed all over the place, chairs just turned like lollipops, it was just crazy,” passenger Ernie Pittana said.

“It was horrific,” passenger Rachel Browne told…

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