Many people vacation during the holidays, but bad weather conditions can drastically change the experience.
That's what happened to some onboard Carnival Sunshine in Charleston this week.
Several people who cruised on the ship shared on Facebook photos and videos of "horrific" conditions they endured on what was supposed to be a peaceful holiday vacation.
For one couple, the start of their engagement and first-ever cruise was described as a nightmare.
RJ Whited’s new fiancé, Tracy, got very sick and they had to stay in their room at the start of the cruise.
After Tracy passed out three times and caught a fever, they were advised to quarantine.
She started feeling better but then the ship got caught in a storm on its way back to Charleston.
“It was shaking us so violently,” Whited said.
Carnival cruisers said they were confused after several hours of no communication from crew members.
Passenger Christa Seifert-alicea said they didn't receive communication for over 12 hours. To be in the middle of the ocean, in the middle of the night, with no information was the worst part, she said.
"What we endured is indescribable, not only to feel it yourself but to hear and see it set in on every single person around you from adult, child and the elderly is something I will never forget," she said.
Another passenger, Daniel Taylor, said the crew left them blindsided.
"They’re not reassuring us, not telling us what was going on, they could've updated us and let us know something," he said.
Water damage and broken glass was left in the hallways and rooms.
A representative from Carnival responded to a request for comment from News 4 with the following statement, in full:
"Carnival Sunshine’s return to Charleston was impacted by the weather and rough seas on Saturday. Guests on board the ship were safe. Our medical staff helped a small number of guests and crew members who needed minor assistance. The weather’s prolonged impact on the Charleston area delayed the ship’s arrival on Sunday and as a result, the next voyage’s embarkation was also delayed. We appreciate the patience and understanding of all our guests."
He said Carnival Sunshine is now sailing on a five-day Bahamas cruise and will return to Charleston on Thursday.