Rapidly flooding ship decks terrified passengers; the viral video of it horrified Carnival Cruise PR reps.
The social media storm hit Carnival when a water line broke, flooding some 50 staterooms aboard its Caribbean-bound ship. The cruise line is garnering plaudits for its response, both from the ship’s crew and the line’s brand managers.
Video and photographic footage from a Thursday flood on the Carnival Dream, caused by a break in the ship’s fire suppression system, shows gallons of water gushing out of pipes like a bath faucet turned on. The rushing water filled hallways with roiling pools, and spurted out of walls.
“I literally thought this was a scene from ‘Titanic,’ ” a Facebook user posted on a passenger’s thread that displayed images of water gushing all over the hallway of Deck 9.
The video got extensive attention before being taken down by its videographer. Screen grabs endure on Twitter, however.