Cruise giant Carnival is facing a lawsuit from three passengers who claim they were injured when a Carnival ship they were on listed to one side.
They allege, through a federal court in Florida, that Carnival was negligent in its operation of the 2,642-passenger Carnival Sunshinein last October when the vessel tilted sideways soon after departing from Port Canaveral.
One passenger suffered an injury to her spine when she was ejected from a chair during the listing, the lawsuit alleges. Another suffered an injury to his wrist as he tried to catch his wife, according to the lawsuit.
The third alleges that she injured her left knee in a fall during the incident.
All three of the passengers were in the ship's restaurant at the time of the incident.
The tilting lasted around one a minute and is said to have sent dinnerware and other items in ship stores flying across the floor.
In a letter to passengers the next day, the captain of the vessel blamed the event on a malfunction with an electrical switchboard that impacted the ship's use of its stabilizers.
"There was never any issue with the safe operation of the ship, and our officers quickly intervened to correct the situation," said a Carnival spokesperson.
"We have not seen the lawsuit and have no comment," said a recent Carnival press statement.
In their lawsuit, the three passengers list 20 different ways that Carnival may have been negligent – including failing to supervise its crew, failing to properly train its crew, failing to provide adequate crew and failing to safely operate the vessel.