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The Upstate family vacation goes sideways on the Carnival Cruise



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An Upstate family was on a Carnival Cruise ship that tipped on one side and sent items like airplanes and passengers in panic.

Stephanie Manning, her mother and aunt were ready to sail on Carnival Sunshine. Manning tells 7News 4 hours during the holiday, the trip went sideways.

"The next thing you know, it starts to lean and tip," Manning said. "People are starting to fall. I fell against the wall!"

Video taken by 7News shows the moments after Carnival Sunshine is tipped to one side.

"Well, my mother shouted at the Lord, and another woman shouted at Jesus," Manning said.

The cruise line says the incident was caused by a technical problem.

Manning tells 7News it was like a scene out of Titanic. She thinks the error lasted between 3 to 5 minutes.

"Plates lash all over the cafeteria … water comes out of the lifts. People get hurt, older people get hurt … People fight for their lives," she said.

Carnival Cruise releases this statement after the event:

There was never any problem with safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervene to correct the situation. We are confident of the safety of the ship, as we are committed to the safety of the ship, as we are committed to the safety of our guest and crew.

"Even the workers said it never happened," said Bessie Manning, Stephanie mom. "They thought they were gone too."

Manning says that the experience made it difficult to enjoy the rest of the holiday.

"What went through your mind?" Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.

"My life! My life was in danger, it was [what] went through my mind. Should I do that of this boat? Or should I die?" Manning said.

According to Manning, they did not get an explanation until the next day.

"They gave us a $ 50 gift certificate, they apologized for what happened. [But} the $50 gift card went right back to them, so really they didn’t give us $50 dollars… [maybe] to talk and then we gave it back to them. So $ 50 dollars, no!" Manning told 7News.

Manning says that when they finally transported in Port Canaveral, some passengers kissed the ground, were happy to be back on dry land.

"It was scary," said Bessie Manning. "I do not want to experience it anymore."

"Will any of you go on a cruise again?" Asked 7News Reporter Stefany Bornman.

"If I go on a cruise, it will not be a carnival," said Stephanie Manning.

Some guests went short and took a trip out of Dominican Republic.


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