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Watch: Cruise ship stuck in massive swell with thousands of passengers on board

About 2,000 people are stuck aboard a cruise ship off Queensland, buffeted by a massive swell.

A passenger’s seasickness images provided to 7NEWS, seen in the video aboveshows the ship shaking and the water in its pool gushing skyward from the resulting momentum.

The ship is the Coral Princess, which made headlines last week after registering more than 120 cases of COVID-19 while docking in Sydney.

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It circled off the Sunshine Coast, unable to dock at the port of Brisbane due to the wild weather affecting the east coast of Australia.

It lies about 40 km off the coast with a swell of up to 6.5 m.

Footage shows the seasick conditions aboard the Coral Princess as it circles Queensland. Credit: Provided

“The Port of Brisbane is closed with the suspension of pilotage operations due to adverse weather conditions associated with the East Coast Low pressure off Queensland,” Princess Cruises said in a statement.

“The arrival in Brisbane of Coral Princess, which was due to return today (Friday) after a seven-night cruise through ports in Queensland, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas, will be delayed 24 hours until tomorrow.

“However, confirmation of arrival details is dependent on the resumption of pilotage services and the reopening of the port as conditions improve.

“Passengers currently on board and those who were due to embark today for the next cruise are informed of the late arrival of the ship and are given as comprehensive assistance as possible.”

There are dangerous conditions off the Sunshine Coast, where the Coral Princess is circling. Credit: Provided

A number of other large ships are also off the coast and unable to dock, but the Coral Princess is the only passenger vessel.

“They have all been instructed to float or drift, but the Coral Princess, because it has passengers on board, is unable to do so,” Caloundra Coast Guard Commander Roger Pearce told the ABC.

“So it’s just driving around in the car, in circles at very low speeds, so it keeps moving.”

It has not been confirmed when the ship will be able to dock.

The Coral Princess is one of many in the area. Credit: Cruise

A sea wind warning has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for much of the Queensland coast.

There is a storm form wind warning for the Fraser and Capricornia coasts, with gale warnings for Hervey Bay, the Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast.

Those warnings are expected to remain in place on Saturday.

The Coral Princess cruise ship docked at Circular Quay in Sydney on July 13. Credit: Bianca De Marchi/AAP

There are also strong surf alerts affecting the coastal areas of Gold Coast, Coolangatta, Maroochydore, Noosa Heads, Caloundra, Rainbow Beach, K’gari (Fraser Island), Moreton Island, North Stradbroke Island and Bribie Island.

“A developing east coast low pressure system off the south coast of Queensland is interacting with a ridge to the south to produce gusty winds and large waves along the south coast,” the office said.

“The low will begin to move eastward on Saturday.”

A huge Sting Ray lands in a family boat.

A huge Sting Ray lands in a family boat.