Holidaymakers clung on for dear life as their luxury cruiseship came close to capsizing, washing people out of the swimming pool "like a mini-tsunami" and scattering furniture overboard.
The freak roll sent passengers aboard the 113,000-ton Crown Princess flying off their sunloungers and smashed them against the railings. Stairwells and lift shafts became waterfalls as the ship?s four pools emptied over the 15 decks, which were left strewn with broken glass and blood.
The incident happened 11 miles off the east coast of Florida last night. Emergency officials said that 98 people were taken to hospital when the ship docked in Port Canaveral, including a young girl said to have life-threatening injuries. Ironically, the ship?s poolside cinema had been due to screen Titanic hours later.
"The ship just started tipping and it was the most terrifying experience of my life," said passenger Carol O?Connell. "I actually felt like we were going overboard. People were screaming." - timesuk
Extra ironic credit: "Martha Stewart christened the Crown Princess last month before it embarked on its maiden voyage..."