February 15th, 2013
03:13 PM ET

Passenger sues Carnival over 'floating hell' cruise

Not even 24 hours after reaching land, a passenger on this week's infamously crippled Carnival cruise in the Gulf of Mexico has filed a lawsuit.

Passenger Terry Cassie of Texas has filed a lawsuit against Carnival in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida. The suit describes Carnival's Triumph cruise ship as a "floating hell."

The Triumph was towed into port in Alabama late Thursday night, five days after it lost power in a engine-room fire. More than 3,000 passengers and 1,000 crew members lived in squalid conditions after the outage, with overflowing commodes splashing floors with waste as the ship listed, passengers reported.

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  1. john

    I'm sure the first lawsuit was filed by cell phone just hours after the fire. Heck.....maybe it was a ship hand with an elaborate plan to get rich quick.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Carnival's CEO did a get rich quick scheme by duping passengers into paying good money and then giving them a cruise that only the North Koreans could rival.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nicoleasm

    I think they're going to have to show the cruise line was negligent with the fire being started, if I'm not mistaken, in order to be successful in the lawsuit...anyone feel free to correct me

    February 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • slime

      They'll probably try 'pain and suffering"

      February 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      heck – i'd minimum be suing for my lost wages! they were FIVE days late getting to port and not even the port they left from. if i missed all that work, you bet i would sue to get that back,, plus any fees incurred due to change of my flight, parking, etc. etc. i don't blame them!

      February 15, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Carnival promised and didn't deliver. In business circles that's called breach of contract.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Morons

    In our society we sue whenever something happens we don't like. If we could sue god we'd do that too.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean Patrick

      We sue god all the time. Haven't you been watching all the news on religious figures molesting our children? You bet they should be sued. They didn't fulfill there end of the contract., which was to provide a safe trip. They deserve everything they get. And if they are smart they pay it, no questions asked, or face financial ruin by consumers that wont pay for their services again. Corporations in this country have forgotten that we the consumer pay their wages. If we decide to not use their services again they loose there job and their companies. This is the focus that america has lost. We think we are beholden to corporations for their services, but the truth is we hold their Purse strings in our hands, we just have forgotten it as a society. Stop using their product and see how fast they run to fulfill our needs. We the people have the power if we choose to wield it.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. efmbman

    The ship is registered in The Bahama's for exactly this reason. I would be very surprised if anything comes of this.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ID10T

    Yupp it won't be long before all the liberals are filing lawsuits over this.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      Id1ot – pefect name for your i-dioctic comment. Even fecal matter is political to you. You must be a joy to be around.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Lawyers representing poor people bad

      Lawyers representing rich people good.

      Just another day in the life of a low intelligence rightwinger.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeff

    I'm sure it was bad, but mechanical failure, fire etc. are all things that can happen. They chose to go on a cruise, on a boat. People would sue if there was bad weather. I hope they get nothing.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brett

    Carnival and for that matter EVERY SINGLE Cruise Line, STRIPS your rights away on the little piece of paper you sign, confirming your trip with them. I wish people would understand that and understand that 99.9999999% of the people who sue over this issue will be reminded that Carnival and other Cruise Liners PLAN for what just happened. EVERY SINGLE emergency, minus a sinking ship (bc they dont plan for that) is covered and you sign away your right to sue the company if they have properly engaged in telling you it could happen.

    I have been on 7 + cruises, and I have my contract for each and everyone. All you have to do is read the contract, and the next time you are stuck on a cruise in a similiar situation, you'll know you cant do jack squat...

    As for the people that are going to sue, good luck and why the heck did you even board the ship, knowing a problem like this COULD happen. Why complain? I would sit my ass on the deck for another 3/5 days and soak in every ounce of fun you possibly could...

    February 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Captian Obvious says...

    Don't worry, Carnival most likely assembled a defense team the minute the fire broke out and has been mounting a defense since that time.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. guest

    If this was not negligent on Carnival's part (mechanical deferrence, etc), it's unfortunate what happened. We should not sue anytime something goes against our expectation – hope the best for all the passengers that had to endure this.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      you weren't back at home on time, therefore not at work. you wouldn't sue for lost wages? your car was parked in an airport or some parking lot. you wouldn't sue for the extra amount that would have cost you? how about changes in your flights to go home since you missed your flight. i'd sue!

      February 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      @anna – The cruise line is reimbursing for flight changes and parking. The only thing left is lost wages.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Al

    Carnival will have their legal team make it so that it's a class action law suit that way the cost to the cruise line company will be dramatically less than if they had to deal with individual cases.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      They love to negotiate for decisions that don't have actual cash payouts, but instead offer vouchers and discounts to future cruise passengers, knowing they will never use them anyway.
      Our legal system is tilted towards the rich, just like our business and our government.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Foodpimp

    Ya know...I was agreeing with you...up until the time you said "Weak Sauce"......and that invalidated every rational thing you said for the entire post.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ii2bcnii

    The cruise ship company is clearly grossly negligent.
    With 4500 people aboard this cruise ship how can a company justify having ABSOLUTELY NO EMERGENCY PROVISIONS?
    The company can say it is an accident, an unfortunate fire, but they have a responsibility to prepare themselves for such FORESEEABLE events.
    We cannot allow them to have NO EMERGENCY PROVISIONS just to save cost. it is ridiculous that they are allowed to put so many people in jeopardy by failing to prepare in any way.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will S

      No one starved. No one was injured. No one died of thirst. It sounds like Carnival did a pretty good job managing things on a ship without power. Do you sue Greyhound when the bus breaks down in the Painted Desert? Or do you suck it up like an American and move on with your life?

      February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      LOL! They had food and water for everyone. Are you expecting they have emergency toilets? Going in a bucket is not that hard and it works quite well.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SteveD

    This passenger need to get a life, no one knew the ship would experience a mechanical failure, every day someones
    car breaks down, your washer or dryer, your air conditioning system, etc takes a crap... you fix it and move on.
    Maybe in about 5yrs or more you'll get your meager settlement from the Circus Carnival. Take your free ride home,
    your refund and new cruise and get out out of Dodge.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Foodpimp

    did you know you can't spell Jeff without "I'm a complete tool, and my very existence cause the Lord baby Jesus to kick puppies". It's true...it was in a special on the National Geographic Channel.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp Slapper

      Thank you for the ramblings of the galatically stupid. You would need two promotions to become a moron. I would be shocked if there is another human on the planet that can stand you. Congrats.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rolyat

    People can sue all they want. READ the small print in your cruise contract. You basically sign away any legal liability towards a cruise line in a case like this. So the dope who filed a lawsuit will get nothing.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      And the only way Carnival will straighten out is in response to all the bad press. Thank goodness for media, otherwise they would do this to passengers on a regular basis.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ladle

      Carnival also took the initiative to offer full refunds, assistance with hotel and travel accomodations upon return to port. This will go a long way in fighting claims made in court because it's probably above and beyond any offerings they were obligated to make based on the contract signed by passengers.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
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