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LINER MAKES IT TO PORT AFTER HIT BY FREAK WAVE

A cruise ship struck by a freak seven-story-high wave that smashed windows and sent furniture flying returned to New York Harbor today and docked at its berth on the Hudson River.

The Norwegian Dawn arrived with more than 2,000 passengers still on board after some 300 others decided to disembark early in Charleston, S.C., and fly or drive home.

The 965-foot white ocean liner was sailing back to New York from the Bahamas when it was struck by a storm Saturday that pounded the vessel with heavy seas and the rogue 70-foot wave.

The wave sent furniture sailing through the air and knocked Jacuzzis overboard. Some passengers slept in hallways in life jackets.

"The ship was hit by a freak wave that caused two windows to break in two different cabins," Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement. It said 62 cabins were flooded and four passengers had cuts and bruises. The wave reached as high as deck 10 on the ship company spokeswoman said Sunday.

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