Then these wonderful guys rescued me'.
A Croatian rescue ship was scrambled and found the woman on Sunday morning swimming not far from where she was believed to have fallen into the water.
'I'm very lucky to be alive.
The Norwegian Star is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line and has a guest capacity of 2,348.
NCL said: "The Coast Guard was notified and a search and rescue operation ensued".
The ship's captain, Lovro Oreskovic, said his crew "we were extremely happy for saving a human life" and the group even posed for photos together. "We are very happy that the individual is now safe and will soon be reunited with friends and family".
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Officials said she was rescued 10 hours after falling into the Adriatic Sea - 60 miles offshore - around midnight on Saturday.
The unidentified woman has been taken to a hospital in Pula in Croatia and is understood to be out of danger. The vessel was coming towards the end of the voyage and was sailing back to its home port when the woman fell overboard. the ship is scheduled to arrive back in Venice on August 19.
Mr Walker, based in Miami, Florida, said he believed that the Norwegian Star, which is owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), had abandoned the search and was continuing its course to Venice when the woman was rescued.
"We are pleased to advise that the guest was found alive and is now in a stable condition", a statement from the cruise liner announced on Sunday.
They found her more than ten hours later and pulled her from the sea.