Vacation dreams turned into nightmares for some Carnival Cruise Line passengers when torrential rains flooded the ship over the weekend.
Carnival Sunshine was returning to Charleston on Saturday after a six-day cruise in the Bahamas when the ship hit a storm. Torrential rains flooded the ship’s corridors and rough sea conditions made some passengers nauseous.
“You can smell sick people walking down the corridor,” said one passenger. Daily mail.
A Carnival representative said all passengers were safe during the incident.
“Carnival Sunshine’s return to Charleston has been affected by weather and rough seas on Saturday. All guests on board are safe. Our medical staff have helped a small number of guests and crew members in need of assistance. small support,” the company said WCIV. “The prolonged impact of weather on the Charleston area delayed the ship’s docking on Sunday, and as a result, its onward voyage was also delayed. We appreciate your patience and sympathy of all guests.”
Some of the guests who experienced the trip expressed frustration rather than patience.
“We didn’t wait for it to come out. We went straight in [the storm] and spent 11 hours pitching, diving and rolling,” said Sharon Tutrone, a professor at Coastal Carolina University and a passenger on the Carnival Sunshine, on Twitter. strong and sounds like it’s split in two.”
In a follow-up tweet, she tagged Carnival and suggested that “perhaps you should have a pilot on board so we don’t have to sit and drift for the 6 hour wait.”
Images from the ship showed water running down the corridors and stairs, and the shops on the ship looked as if they had been ransacked due to the force of the storm.
Another visitor, Daniel Taylor, said Daily mail he went to see a show at a venue on the ship shortly after the captain announced that the ship would be moving in inclement weather.
He recalled hearing the sound of the ship hitting the big waves against the music.
“The spotlight mounted on the ceiling started to shake, the disco ball started to swing and the wall of LED lights on the stage,” which he estimates is about 20ft wide and 3ft tall, “started to roll on its own.”
By 8 p.m. Friday, the ship’s crew began evacuating from the public deck. During the overnight hours from Friday to Saturday, passengers lost their internet connection, making it impossible for them to check the weather themselves.
At 7:30 a.m. the next day, the cruise director confirmed to the passengers that the ship was in port but needed to wait to dock.
The ship finally docked again at 5:30pm on Saturday night, nine hours ahead of schedule.