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.