The Carnival cruise ship Triumph suffered an engine-room fire that was caused by a leak in a fuel oil return line. The ship lost electricity and had to run on generators for four days. This forced passengers to sleep on the upper decks, wait in long lines for limited food, and urinate in a bag. With the help of tugboats, the Triumph returned to land on Thursday, February 14, in Mobile, Alabama.
A woman that was aboard the ship is now suing Carnival. She says she " suffered a permanent bodily injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish and a loss of capacity to enjoy life." Attorney James Walker says the passengers are not really entitled to anything because the cruise line covered all their bases in fine print on the bottom of each ticket. To make up for the cruise, Carnival reimbursed each passenger for the cruise, gave them a free cruise, and $500 cash. This is more than the company was " legally obligated to provide." This is the first of many lawsuits against Carnival.


Caswell Bennett

This was a crazy disaster and I've never heard of anything like this happening before. The reason is because cruise ships are meant to be luxurious and comfortable. People pay thousands of dollars to relax in a controlled environment; that is why people don't expect something like this. Although this was an engineering failure, that may be protected lawfully by the cruise line, I think the passengers are entitled to compensation for their hardship. Most people who go out on the ocean are mentally prepared for unpredictable dangers, but a cruise ship is different. A cruise ship is built specifically for the purpose of providing luxury for the passengers; they got the exactly the opposite.

Katie Hill

I'm sure that the Carnival cruise ships are going to lose a lot of business because of this. I know that I wouldn’t feel comfortable going on their ship after this happened. I feel so bad for the passengers and I heard that they had to wait sometimes 4 hours to get food, even if it was just an onion sandwich! I agree that there are going to be a lot more people that step forward and sue Carnival.


I don't think that Carnival should be sued. It was an engine fire caused by a leak. The men on Apollo 13 nearly died when they encountered catastrophic mechanical malfunctions in space but we don't hear of them complaining much do we? The cruise line gave the passengers a couple thousand dollars worth in compensation for their troubles. Unless the passengers filing lawsuits were actually injured by the ship and her crew, and not by their own stupidity or brash decision making, then Carnival reimbursed them pretty well.


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