On February 7, 2013, Carnival’s Triumph left the port of Galveston in what was anticipated to be a relaxing four-day cruise to the Caribbean. However, this winter getaway quickly turned into a living nightmare for Triumph’s 3,142 passengers when the 14-story, 900 foot ship lost power following an engine fire 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico.
Passengers have described the conditions as “squalor” and “disgusting.” There have also been reports of raw sewage, food shortages, and elderly unable to obtain necessary medications. Others have been forced out of their cabins due to the smell of smoke, heat, and other unsanitary conditions.
This is yet again another disaster for Carnival Cruise Line. It was just thirteen months ago when Carnival’s Costa Concordia grounded off the coast of Italy ultimately leading to the death of 32 passengers.
This event begs the question “when will Carnival place an emphasis on passenger safety?”. In even more unsettling news, it has been reported that the Triumph was having mechanical issues in the weeks leading up to its recent departure.
Carnival Cruise Lines issued a statement indicating that passengers would receive a full credit for the cruise plus transportation expenses and a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for the Triumph voyage. This appears to be yet another attempt to buy off passengers to deter litigation attempting to hold them responsible.
If you or a loved one was a passenger on Carnival’s Triumph, you may have a legal claim against Carnival Cruise lines. You can contact our law firm for a free consultation at (610) 941-4204 or on our website: www.pbmattorneys.com