WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Carnival Sunshine cruise ship listed just hours after leaving Florida port on Sunday.
- An electrical switchboard malfunction disrupted the fin stabilizers that resulted in ‘pure chaos’ erupting on board the ship.
- The same ship suffered a mechanical problem a week earlier and is scheduled to embark on another eight-day cruise on November 2.
Carnival Cruise Line issued an apology to its customers after one of its cruise ships, Carnival Sunshine, listed to one side a few hours after leaving Florida harbor. The cruise ship was on a five-day cruise to the Eastern Caribbean when it happened, leaving passengers terrified as furniture slid across the floor during the incident.
According to the letter of the captain, the listing was a result of the disruption in the fin stabilizers due to an electrical switchboard malfunction. Said fin stabilizers were in place for making the sea voyage smoother, and not a safety feature. Thus, according to the letter, there was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship and officers were quick to provide corrective interventions.
David Crews, a passenger of the said cruise ship and hailing from Long Island, New York, messaged News 6 that ‘pure chaos’ erupted on board the ship with people screaming and crying during the listing.
Photos and videos taken on board revealed shards of glass, broken plates, cutlery and food littered on the dining floor while those in the staterooms had their personal belongings scattered on the floor.
As compensation for the said ‘disruption’, the passengers were offered an onboard credit of $50. The Carnival Sunshine was en route to Eastern Caribbean with stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, and Grand Turk.
However, there were reports that some passengers disembarked in the Dominican Republic and flying home, cutting their trip short.
Carnival Sunshine is set to embark on an eight-day cruise to Southern Caribbean on November 2, the Carnival Cruise Line’s website revealed.
Source: Daily Mail