GAFFNEY, S.C. (WSPA) ̵
An Upstate family was on a Carnival Cruise ship that toppled on one side, terrorizing flying objects and passengers.
Stephanie Manning, her mother, and her aunt were ready to set sail at Carnival Sunshine. Manning tells 7News 4 hours after their vacation that the journey went sideways.
"The next thing you know starts to tilt and tilt," Manning said. "People are starting to fall, I hit the wall!"
A video received from 7News shows the moments when Carnival Sunshine collapsed.
"Well, my mom called the Lord and another woman called Jesus," Manning said.
The shipping company says that the incident was caused by a technical problem.
Manning tells 7News it's a scene from the Titanic. She believes that the disturbance lasted between 3 and 5 minutes.
"Plates tip over in the cafeteria … Water comes out of the elevators, people get injured, older people get hurt … People fight for their lives," she said.
Carnival Cruise publishes this statement after the incident:
There were never any problems with the safe operation of the ship and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation. We are confident about the safety of the ship as we work for the safety of the ship and for the safety of our guests and our crew.
"Even the workers said that never happened," said Bessie Manning, Stephanie's mother. "They thought they were gone, too."
Manning says the experience has made it difficult to enjoy the rest of their vacation.
"What went through your mind?" Asked 7News reporter Stefany Bornman.
"My life, my life was in danger, [what] went through my mind, should I make it with this boat, or would I die?" Said manning.
According to Manning, they did not receive an explanation until the next day.
"They gave us a $ 50-dollar gift certificate, they apologized for what had happened [But} the $50 gift card went right back to them, so really they didn’t give us $50 dollars… [maybe] as a snack, and then we gave them back directly, so $ 50, no!" Manning told 7News.
Manning says when the ships shipped finally landed in Port Canaveral, some passengers kissed the ground and were glad to be back on the mainland.
"It was scary," said Bessie Manning. "I do not want to experience that anymore."
"Will any of you ever 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 broke off their journey and flew out of the Dominican Republic.