Cruise ship returns to port after rocky start

Marco Green
November 3, 2018

No injuries were reported from the listing. There was some panic and screams, according to passengers.

They claimed it was found switched on before it was dismantled by a crew member.

Some passengers were not reassured and chose to get off the ship and return home when the ship reached the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, the cruise line told Yahoo.

The Carnival Sunshine returned to Port Canaveral early Friday after a malfunction caused the ship to severely tilt to one side five days earlier. But it didn't rock back. Plates and glasses slid off tables. Then the tables themselves started to slide.

Photos and video taken on board the vessel showed a dining room floor littered with shards of glass, broken plates, cutlery and food.

"At this point, it was pure chaos".

Panic ignited among passengers, too, CBS New York reports.

"Last night was a very scary experience on the Sunshine", another Twitter user wrote on Monday.

The Carnival Sunshine is one of the oldest ships in Carnival's fleet.

Another passenger wrote on social media that water ran into elevators, and all her clothes were soaked by exploding cans falling from shelves.

Eventually, the ship leveled out.

"Carnival Sunshine experienced a technical issue which caused the ship to list for approximately one minute", the cruise line said in a statement. The cruise line said officers quickly intervened to correct the situation and there was never an issue with the safe operation of the ship. The Williams said they did not feel comfortable remaining on the ship, and asked to disembark; the couple told FOX 5 they received a refund of 110 percent, vouchers of $100 each for another cruise, and a free flight back to Atlanta. "It kept leaning", David Crews told News 6.

"Following the incident, evening events resumed for our guests", Carnival officials said in a statement.

The captain reportedly issued a note to cruise passengers, saying "an electrical switchboard malfunction impacted the use of the fin stabilizers", the paper reported.

According to a letter sent by the captain of the ship t the passengers Monday, an electrical switchboard malfunction disrupted the fin stabilizers, which are not a safety feature but are created to make the sea voyage smoother.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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