About 1,300 people are being evacuated from MV Viking Sky off the western coast of Norway, authorities have said.
Police in the county of More og Romsdal say the ship got engine problems, and all passengers are being taken to shore.
Norway’s sea rescue agency said the MV Viking Sky sent out a distress signal amid high waves and strong winds.
Five helicopters and several ships are taking part in the evacuation, the agency said.
However, a freighter – Hagland Captain – also lost engine power and two helicopters were diverted to rescue its crew. There are photos of the freighter on social media.
News of a cruise ship suffering engine problems first came through at about 14:00 local time (13:00 GMT).
Reports suggest the ship has since managed to restart one engine and move slightly further from the coast as the evacuation continues.
Eight people suffered injuries and three of those were thought to be in a serious condition, NRK reported.
According to NRK, most of the passengers were British and American. Sea rescue services said the ship was being held steady and the evacuation was ongoing.
The Norwegian Meteorological Institute says some waves are more than 10 metres high, with one local newspaper reporting lifeboats were forced to turn back en route to the ship due to the “brutal” conditions.
Those brought ashore are being taken to a local sports complex. One volunteer said about 80 had arrived so far, and accommodation had been found for them in local hotels.
source : BBC.co.uk