Pool water ran over, plates flew, and screaming and crying passengers frantically isolated their life-jackets.
That was the scene aboard Carnival Sunshine Sunday when the ship was listed or dumped shortly after leaving Port Canaveral for a five-day Caribbean cruise.
"I did not think about it, because ships often rock back and forth," Sunshine passenger David Crews told television broadcaster Orlando 6. "But it did not hit back, it leaned in. The plates and cutlery slid off the tables the tables themselves began to slide, glasses and plates began to fall and shatter, and at that point it was pure chaos, screaming, screaming panic. "
This is the inside of the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship on Sunday night. @ CarnivalCruise says the ship is listed due to a technical problem only a few hours after leaving (inclined or inclined) @PortCanaveral,
(H / t to David Crews for the pictures) pic.twitter.com/usSaQsZBzG
– Clay LePard (@ClayLePard) October 31, 2018
When the ship returned to Port Canaveral on Friday, a passenger described News 6 as a scene from the Titanic. Others complained of cuts and bruises.
Carnival said the safety of the passengers had never been called into question. "Carnival Sunshine had a technical problem that caused the ship for about a minute," the shipping company said in a statement. "We remain confident about the safety of the ship as we are committed to the safety of our guests and the crew."
In one Letter to the passengers, received by News 6, The captain explained that the ship was tilted because of a malfunction with the fin stabilizers. "It's important to know that fin stabilizers are not a safety feature. They are used solely for the comfort of guests to minimize possible ship movements at sea, "the letter said. "There were never any problems with the safe operation of the ship, and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation."
Some passengers were not reassured and decided to get off the ship and return home when the ship arrived in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.
The Sunshine, previously known as Carnival Destiny, was refurbished in 2013 after 17 years at sea for $ 115 million.