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The Carnival Triumph was stranded at sea for four days following an apparent engine room fire. Following the fire, cruise ship passengers complained of deplorable and deteriorating conditions on the ship. The horrible conditions, I believe, were both preventable and foreseeable.

Cruise.jpgI was the attorney who handled the case on behalf of a passenger injured when she slipped and fell in a dimly lit hallway while the Carnival Splendor was “dead in the water” as a result of an engine room fire. The vast news coverage of the Carnival Triumph brings back deja vu with nearly identical passenger complaints and nearly identical press statements from Carnival.

On November 8, 2010, the Carnival Splendor lost all power after experiencing an engine room fire while still at sea. During the next couple of days following the fire, there were no elevators, no lights, no power, no air conditioning, no phones, no hot food, no hot drinks, no propulsion of the ship, and no flushing toilets. Defendant admitted there was no doubt the living conditions aboard the Carnival Splendor were challenging. Defendant’s president and CEO Gerry Cahill said, “Conditions on board the ship are very challenging and we sincerely apologize for the discomfort and inconvenience our guests are currently enduring.” He also said, “We know this has been an extremely trying situation for our guests and we sincerely thank them for their patience.”

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Cruising is a lot of fun for most passengers, but accidents do happen. The major cruise lines try to limit their legal responsibility to pay passengers money damages if they cause or contribute to any injuries. Most passenger contracts have provisions which contain these limitations. Here are some common limitations:

  • Notice of the claim must be made within 6 months
  • A lawsuit must be filed within 1 year
  • The Court where the lawsuit must be brought is specified in the contract; i.e. US District Court in the Southern District of Florida – Miami Division

Nearly every cruise line has these limitations in your passenger contract. The limitations may also apply regardless of where in the world the injury occurred. For example, Carnival Cruises generally requires that all claims be brought in Miami in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida. This means that if a passenger leaves a port in California and gets hurt on the Carnival ship, they may have to bring the claim in Miami.

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