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Carnival Cruise ship's technical issue caused her to tilt to one side

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Carnival Sunshine listed suddenly while transiting off the coast of Florida, causing minor property damage and prompting concern among her passengers.


"Last night was a very scary experience on the Sunshine," wrote one passenger on Twitter. "The starboard side literally felt like it lifted. I was in the dining room on [Deck] Three. All the tables slid and fell over, glass falling and breaking. People screaming."

"I didn't think anything of it, since it's not uncommon for ships to rock back and forth. But it didn't rock back. It kept leaning," passenger David Crewes told USA Today. "The tables themselves started to slide. Glasses and plates started to fall and shatter. At this point, it was pure chaos."

In a statement, Carnival said that there was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship. "Our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Following the incident, evening events resumed for our guests and the ship proceeded on its Caribbean cruise as scheduled."

The Sunshine's captain told passengers in a written update that a fin stabilizer malfunction caused the sudden list.


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