First Lawsuit Filed Over Carnival Cruise Ship Ordeal


Just one day after the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship safely reached the dock in Mobile, Alabama, a Texas woman filed a lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Line over the “horrifying” conditions on the ship.

The Washington Times reports that Cassie Terry of Brazoria County, Texas, is suing the cruise line for physical and emotional harm.  She was one of more than 3,100 passengers on a four-day Mexican cruise when an engine-room fire disabled the ship’s electrical system on February 10.  It took four days to tow the Triumph back to Mobile. Without power, the ship lacked air conditioning and ventilation, and toilets and showers did not function. Toilets overflowed and Miss Terry and her fellow passengers had to wade through human feces in cabins and passageways. Many passengers slept in makeshift tents on the ship’s decks to escape unsafe and unsanitary conditions inside the ship.

Miss Terry’s lawsuit alleges that the “Plaintiff was forced to endure unbearable and horrendous odors on the filthy and disabled vessel, and wade through human feces in order to reach food lines where the wait was counted in hours, only to receive rations of spoiled food,” according to documents provided to The Los Angeles Times.

Carnival’s CEO, Gerry Cahill, issued an apology to passengers on Tuesday, then went on board the ship when it arrived on Thursday to repeat the apology. Carnival has said every passenger will receive a full refund for this cruise, discounts on a future cruise, and $500 in compensation.