Brandon Stein Law: Carnival Cruise Passengers Remain Stranded at Sea

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By: Brandon Stein

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As a Florida personal injury lawyer that helps those injured from slip and falls on cruise ships, the events that have transpired aboard the Carnival Triumph are appalling.  This past Sunday, a fire in the ship’s engine room left the cruise liner stranded in the Gulf of Mexico.  Thankfully, this fire did not gain much momentum, as the ship’s extinguisher systems contained the flames.  No injuries have been reported . . . from the fire.

The fire apparently dismantled and disengaged the ship’s propulsion system, thus leaving the ship to drift aimlessly throughout the gulf.  However, by Tuesday, two tugboats had arrived to tow the vessel toward Alabama — at a whopping 5-8 miles per hour.  This four day cruise has now turned into a week plus escapade, and it has been far from an extended vacation.

Reports have been circulating that sewage has apparently been floating around in the hallways of the ship — leading to flooding of passenger state rooms.  Additionally, the stench of sewage throughout the interior of the vessel is enough to make passengers jump overboard.  No throw-overs have been reported as of yet.  In fact, passengers have gone so far as to drag their mattresses to the outer deck and essentially camp outside under the stars in an effort to escape the suffocating smell of sewage.  But wait . . . there’s more.

Passengers have even been told to defecate in bags and urinate in showers, as the toilets have not been functioning.  There is running water is some cabins, but only cold.  Yet, this cold water may serve to be refreshing for passengers, since the air conditioning is also out.  Aside from the 3000 plus passengers aboard, over 1000 crew members are also dealing with these hardships.

Being a slip and fall lawyer in North Miami Beach that does Carnival cases, I have never come across a situation such as the one that the passengers of the Triumph are dealing with.  Carnival is apparently refunding all passengers’ tickets and giving them a free flight home and credit for another cruise.  I am not sure this is enough, and at this point, it is not clear what if any injuries have arisen from the circumstances aboard the Carnival Triumph.

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