Passengers onboard the Carnival Sunshine describe a scene right out of the Titanic, as the ship began to suddenly tilt, knocking dishes and passengers onto the floor. Shortly after the ship left Port Canaveral for a five-day Caribbean cruise an electrical switchboard malfunctioned that affected the ship’s fin stabilizers.

The ship started tilting drastically to one side around 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., according to passengers. One passenger described, “plates and silverware started sliding off the tables. Then the tables started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos. Screams. Cries. Panic.”

“We were actually at the table where the window broke and water came in,” another passenger described. “Next thing we know, the whole boat tilted, and we were hanging on for our lives, dangling … it was really like a scene from the Titanic.”

Although the incident did not last long, maybe a minute or two, it was enough to make guests think the boat was at risk of sinking.


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