Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 1.49.54 PM The Norwegian Breakaway is seen docked on Manhattan's west side on Sunday after being towed in off the Hudson River. Credit: Terry Burke, YouTube screen capture

A Norwegian cruise ship became stranded in the Hudson River after an equipment malfunction Sunday morning and had to be towed into a west side pier, Coast Guard officials said.

The Norwegian Breakaway, which was returning from a seven-day cruise in the Caribbean, was unable to steer after one of its thrusters malfunctioned.


The Coast Guard received word of the problem at 7:45 a.m. and ordered a tugboat to tow the ship into Pier 88 after the tide changedaround 10 a.m.

Passengers told the Daily News that things got a little testy on board while they waited, with reports of people fighting as they disembarked.

Norwegian Cruise Line notified guests scheduled to leave for Bermuda on the ship today that its departure had been pushed back to 5 p.m.

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