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VERY rarely does an amaz­ing cruise ship hol­i­day slide into panic but that was cer­tainly the case for a brief mo­ment on board Car­ni­val Sunshine while sail­ing the Caribbean last week.

A mal­func­tion with the ship’s sta­biliser fins saw Sunshine tilt from side to side with far more thrust than usual, caus­ing large vol­umes of pool wa­ter to be dis­placed and plates of food to fly through the air.

“I didn’t think any­thing of it, since it’s not un­com­mon for ships to rock back and forth,” pas­sen­ger David Crews told Or­lando tele­vi­sion.

“But it didn’t rock back. It kept lean­ing. Glasses and plates started to fall and shat­ter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.”

Car­ni­val re­leased a state­ment shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent, stat­ing the safety of the pas­sen­gers was never in ques­tion.

“Car­ni­val Sunshine ex­pe­ri­enced a tech­ni­cal is­sue which caused the ship to list for ap­prox­i­mately one minute,” Car­ni­val said in the state­ment.

But with meals fly­ing off the ta­bles at high speed and many glasses smash­ing, it is the rare oc­ca­sion a cruise line might be ac­cused of serv­ing up some ques­tion­able fast food.

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