Carnival Passengers Frightened As Ecstasy Cruise Ship Lists During Emergency Maneuver

KBTX in Texas reports that as Carnival's Ecstasy cruise ship was returning to port in Galveston, the cruise ship listed heavily in order to avoid hitting a buoy which had come loose in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Carnival claims that the buoy was mostly submerged and not detected by radar.

According to a passenger, "the ship was shuddering .  .  .  that's when all the dishes were coming out. It was a mess, it looked like a food fight and that's when everybody jumped up screaming and running trying to get outside .  .  .  we thought we were going over. We really thought the whole ship was going to be tipped over." 

The listing was severe enough to cause water to pour out of the pool.  Carnival reported some injuries due to the incident.  The cruise line issued a statement stating:

Carnival sincerely apologizes for the distress and discomfort this occurrence has caused our guests. The safety, comfort and care of our guests and crew is our top priority." 

The Ecstasy is expected to return to Galveston today.

Update:

According to USA TODAY's Cruise Log, Carnival indicated that approximately 60 passengers were treated at the ship infirmary for injuries.    

 

 

April 23, 2010 UPDATE:  Did Carnival's Ecstasy Cruise Ship Almost Hit A Sand Bar?

 

Credits:            KBTX.com

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Ed, Ryan , Amanda , Stefanie - April 22, 2010 10:58 AM

We were by the buffet and the pool when the ship started leaning a little. We thought it
was normal at first, and then it really tipped over. The hot water in the buffet and the food
and glasses started flying. People were falling and the pool spilled out onto the deck. We thought it was going to tip all the way over. We had no warning so we didn't have time to brace ourselves. Glad to be back on land in route to home(Cincinnati Ohio ).

Jim Walker - April 22, 2010 11:14 AM

Ed and family, glad that you're safe and sound - do you have any photos to share?

Mark Ross - April 22, 2010 3:20 PM

We experienced a milder incident several years ago on a cruise to Alaska.

The ship was travelling at night during dinner in the Inside Passage approaching Canadian Waters. Later on, we were told that a fishing-net got loose, and the ship had to make a sharp turn to avoid getting tangled in the net.

Nobody was hurt, and only a few peices of glassware fell and break. We even heard that the fountain on the ship spilled a small amount of water (as a reaction to the fountain water someone yelled "water on board")

Anyways, some of us couldn't help musing about the ship changing over to a Canadian crew e.g., that is maybe the Canadian crew has had more experience than the U.S. Crew in navigating tricker waters (as Canadian waters experience rough shipping weather more often than U.S. Waters).
I even overheard someone joke about smugglers in the night running contraband across the border (in a boat that was blacked-out).

Anyways, All comments aside, we had a terrific crew.
This was a wonderful trip, I would take this cruise again. Cruising is the safest mode of travel. Lately, the larger concern seems to be cruise passengers becoming ill.

Many of us hope that cruise-lines will succesfully address ship-borne illnesses.

richard finan - May 17, 2010 8:44 AM

THE AFTERNOON AFTER THE ECSTASY INCIDENT OF 22 APR 2010 THE SHIP CONDUCTED A NEWLY WED GAME AND HAD A VIDIO MADE OF IT.THEY AIRED IT THE NEXT MORNING OVER THE ECSTASY'S TV. WE WERE ON THAT PROGRAM AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THAT TAPE. WOULD YOU EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW HOW I MAY GET A COPY. R FINAN

alfredo martinez - July 2, 2010 8:52 PM

we are a family of 35 persons and we are interesting in your services, because we dont know what can we do about this incident of april 22 on the carnival ecstasy i will wait for your answer

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