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. snowdogg

    Lawyers [sharks] were called as soon as cellphone service was available.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Carnival has lawyers too.

      February 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • what would mountain do?

      The calls to lawyers probably started even before they made it to shore

      February 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anna

    you people aren't seeing the point. the ship did not return to port until FIVE days late. it was not even the port it was supposed to be at. that means people did not get home on time to report back to their jobs. that means many people did not get paid and maybe won't get paid due to that absense. what about them missing their flights back home and having to get new tickets. extra cost there. you bet i'd sue for lost wages and my extra flight costs. what about your extra parking costs? maybe your dog was at the kennel five extra days. there can be many costs associated with this. i would definitely sue to get that money owed to me. this trip shouldn't cost you a dime!

    February 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Carnival is picking up the tab for all return flights, So there is no added expense there.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jules

      I think Carnival is paying for the missed flights home as long as they were allowed to do the booking.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jnpa

      Any boss who is not that understanding and will give you a hard time about not being at work or causing you problems really isn't worth working for!

      February 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaime

      And you are not realizing they're all alive and there is risk in life. Lawsuits like this are just about getting a quick buck. These people should be thankful and go back about their lives instead of looking to revenge sue.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • d00dage

      1. The ship was 3 days late, not 5
      2. Carnival comped the cruise and most expenses on board for everyone, is giving each passenger $500, paying for the flights home, and is giving a voucher for another cruise. While I can understand the reluctance to take another cruise with Carnival, the company is trying to make amends for the conditions.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • kirk

      Let's see if these lawsuits stop at lost wages and expenses related to the cruise. I am sure people are going to go after six figures because a lawyer told them they could.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • wolves

      jnpa..... Interesting to hear you tell this people that if there boss doesn't understand what happend that they should quit there job wow really and I supposed you will support them and take care of there needs until they can find a another job with a boss who will understand whatever reasons they may have for not showing up to work that hey its ok don't worry its not like the company really needs ya here.... A little hint here jnpa at least they work unlike you that sits home on a computer all day and post stupid posts. Here is a little hint jnpa why don't you get off the welfare rolls and go get a job and see how a boss is so understanding when you decide to miss bunch of work. These people assumed they be back in time to go back to work no one evers thinks the worse is going to happend when they go on a trip they only thing they think about is the fun and the memories they are going to have not what could go wrong.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      The passengers also get $500 in cash to cover things. If you want to sue for lost wages, I am OK for that. But many will sue for mental duress and such.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      if i had no vacation time left, which i might not since i just went on a cruise, i would not get paid for missing work. my boys out of the goodness of his heart would not just pay me. we have 100+ employees and you get so much vacation time and that's that. the ship was supposed to return on sunday i believe on their original trip (usually in early morning) but instead very late thursday. pretty much these people missed a full week of work.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      Anna, you sound like a very experience traveler, you made some good points. They surely would have been issues for my husband and I. We board 2 cats and a large dog..very costly indeed.

      February 15, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    If this happened on a Navy ship, the conservatives on her would blame Obama and would want the sailors to sue sue sue. Its all about hating the black president and worshipping the wealthy, thats a day in the life of a poor righwing conservative.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • joepub

      Thank you for bringing absolutely nothing to the discussion at hand.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Archer_pride

      Come on really? If you are a democrat you are giving the other side some good ammo that liberals are morons. Your comment is one of the stupidest things I have read in a while.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Sounds like someone has a big chip on his shoulder, a big hate filled chip.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. blue max

    the same ship had propulsion problems on feb 2. instead of ensuring the problem was resolved they set sail for more cruises....gee

    February 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah, because Carnival knew there was a problem, but decided to risk the several million dollars and severe reputational risk that this trip ended up costing them, just so they could save few thousand by ignoring the problem altogher. I'm sure that's exactly what happened. Get real!

      February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JM

    The attorney must have been waiting at the dock!! I would have sued the heck out of them too. Just horrible.

    February 15, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. disney family

    If someone were to hand me 500.00 and say sorry, that doesn't come close to covering a weeks worth of wages for my husband and I. While I know this was just one of those things, these people have bills to pay and their jobs just are not going to give them extra vacation time. I strongly agree that something needs to happen to help compensate them for not being back on time.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      at least someone on this page, gets it 🙂

      February 15, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      I agree they should cover lost wages. But mental duress isn't ok in my book.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zwei Stein

    So what happened to my post? It never showed up.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chef John

    Just don't take ca cruise, and this will never happen to you

    February 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick

    Carnival stock in free fall....welcome to capitalism Carnival. You did it to yourself.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fresno jay

    Lawsuits? Yea saw that coming. Lawyers are circling like hungry sharks, it's feeding time...Call the Cochran firm.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Boat

    All of the passengers are getting $500 cash, all of their money back(air fare to get to Houston, refunded full amount for cruise, parking fees, etc) plus a free cruise which could be anywhere between $400-$800. Legally Carnival did not have to give them anything. Each passenger is already getting well over $1000. Unless you were physically hurt you don't have any ground to stand on in a lawsuit.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      Wrong. But I can't post my reasons for telling you that. I've tried twice, and both times it didn't get posted. And that's with nothing whatever offensive in it. I guess they just don't want the passengers to know about this.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boat

      what part is wrong?

      February 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boat

      Plus I forgot to mention that all of their onboard purchases, except the gift shops and casino, were taken care of. So this includes alcohol purchases, photographs, and shore excursions just to name a few. I know the 2 times I have been on a cruise I had around $700 in onboard purchase not including the gift shop. Therefore we are actually talking closer to $2000 plus the free cruise.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ford Lass

    Oh For Crying Out Loud!! Here we go.....what a shame! C'mon people.......crap happens! I can totally empathize with these people and understand the terrible conditions they were dealing with, but honestly....we sue over EVERYTHING!!! Do you really think Carnival planned to have this engine fire? It was an ACCIDENT!!!!! An unfortunate one, but an ACCIDENT!

    February 15, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • karen f

      I realize that conditions were deplorable, but no one got hurt or killed. Be thankful for that and move on. Mean while in real news how many people were murdered in this country while you stuck at sea. Too many to mention. There are real problems in this world beyond a few thousand people stuck on a cruise ship living in filth for 5 days. Move on people and let it go.

      February 15, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erin

    What about all the people across the world that live in "squalid conditions" every day of their lives? It's unfortunate that this happened to the people on the cruise, but things could always be worse. At least the people arrived home safely.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff

    I understand that is was bad, but things do break and that cant be helped. Everyone sues and the ticket prices either go way up or the company is out of business. I do think they should get refunds for the trip and airfare and lost time at work, but you know the cases will be for millions per person.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Person

    Surprised boilerplate waiver language three miles long isn't already part of the fine print of liability you sign away before they let you put your person onto their floating piece of metal and your life into their hands for a week or more.

    February 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bill

      It's already in the terms and conditions

      February 15, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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