The Carnival Legend cruise was sailing into Victoria in Canada’s British Columbia when it was rocked by a technical issue.
Video taken from on board showed passengers clinging to poles as the giant ship suddenly tilted to the side.
The cruise was on a week-long itinerary of Alaska in August last year when the problem occurred.
Steering gear forced the vessel to list some eight degrees, according to Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival cruise ship Carnival Legend suffered a technical issue causing it to tilt suddenly
I think people thought we were going to crash because there was a lot of screaming and crying
The footage showed plates smashed, swimming pools draining and people clutching at furniture in fear.
Passenger Mark Woodward told Inside Edition: “I think people thought we were going to crash because there was a lot of screaming and crying.”
Thankfully there were only some minor injuries reported from a total of 2,000 passengers and crew on board.
Carnival Cruises spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz said: “At no point were guests or crew in danger.”
Carnival cruise – video showed plates smashed on the floor after the ship was rocked on its side
The video showed passengers trying to balance out the sudden tilt with their own weight distribution.
After three or four minutes the cruise had tipped the right way back up.
It docked in Victoria two hours behind schedule, with passengers having to remain on board for longer than intended.
Cruise ships are built to withstand enormous pressure at sea, but sometimes they are tested to their limits.
Carnival cruise passengers clutched to poles as they tried to steady themselves from the sudden tilt
Video captured from Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas showed the effects of a monster storm with 120mph winds.
The severe weather event caused the ship’s itinerary to be cancelled last year.
Anthem of the Seas was forced to return to Cape Liberty after being hit with the 30ft waves off the coast of North Carolina.
Raw footage showed immense waves lashing the side of the giant liner as the hurricane force winds rocked it back and forth.