A cruise ship hit a patch of rough waves, tossing souvenirs and flooding a hallway on its way to South Carolina, photos and videos show.
“It felt like the ship ran into a wall, all of our stuff went flying off the counters, baggage fell over and slid around,” passenger William B. Blackburn told CNN. “The wind was howling, all I could see outside was a solid wall of water spray and rain mixed.”
The aftermath aboard Carnival Sunshine after a severe storm.
The crew from Deck 0-4 evacuated to the theater, and anywhere they could rest… the crew bar destroyed. pic.twitter.com/MqsDJYvrSG
— Crew Center (@CrewCenter) May 28, 2023
The damage was reported May 27 aboard the Carnival Sunshine, which news outlets report was traveling from the Bahamas to a port in Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Carnival didn’t immediately respond to McClatchy News’ request for additional information May 30, the company shared a statement with multiple news outlets.
“Carnival Sunshine’s return to Charleston was impacted by the weather and rough seas on Saturday,” the company told WCSC. “The weather’s prolonged impact on the Charleston area delayed the ship’s arrival on Sunday and as a result, the next voyage’s embarkation was also delayed.”
The rough conditions were reported after the National Weather Service warned the area off the South Carolina coast could experience “high surf, hazardous marine conditions and dangerous rip currents” on May 27. Carnival passenger Sharon Tutrone told WCBD that sailing through the rough conditions was “terrifying.”
“Everything in our cabin went flying off the table,” Tutrone told the TV station. “The wine glasses, the ice bucket, the TV completely turned around.”
Not everyone had the same sense of fear. Travel agency Vacations By Sharail, LLC took to Facebook to write that though the situation left the cruise with broken glass and sick passengers, the business felt everything would be OK.
You can see the damage in these other posts shared on social media: