The cruise ship injury attorneys at Farah & Farah have learned the first lawsuit has been filed in connection with the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship that left thousands of passengers stranded in hot, unhygienic conditions for five days.
The cruise liner finally docked in Mobile, Alabama, where many of the passengers described the deplorable conditions aboard the ship as it was being towed across the Gulf of Mexico. Fire in the engine room knocked out power to the ship and passengers had to endure hot weather and lack of air conditioning for days. Many were forced to live in a makeshift tent city on the deck of the ship because of the unbearable conditions in their cabins.
One passenger told the Palm Beach Post that some people resorted to bartering to obtain much-needed goods like diapers and formula. Other passengers described sewage seeping through the walls, overflowing toilets, incredible stench, and waterlogged carpets.
A Texas resident filed the lawsuit in Miami – where Carnival Corporate Headquarters is based – claiming that she feared for her life and worries she might suffer injury or serious illness because of the extended exposure to the unsanitary conditions on the ship. The suit seeks unspecified damages.
Carnival has said it will reimburse passengers for the cruise and transportation costs, as well as issue a credit for a future cruise. The cruise line will also give $500 to each passenger.
One 18-year-old woman who disembarked after suffering through the grueling days-long ordeal told a Palm Beach Post reporter, “You never think it will happen to you, but it did.”
The cruise industry has a duty to care for its passengers in a reasonable and safe way. If you believe you’ve suffered a physical injury or psychological trauma during a cruise, it’s important that you contact a law firm that is experienced in admiralty and maritime law. Call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online. We have the knowledge and experience needed when you are looking to hold those responsible liable for your injuries. Your no-obligation consultation is confidential and free.