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.
I 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.”