More than 3,000 passengers disembarked from their cruise ship from hell late last night in Mobile, Ala., ending a tortuous a five-day nightmare of no electricity, no air-conditioning and no food except for onion sandwiches, no working toilets, and going to the bathroom in plastic bags. Today, ABC News reported that the first lawsuit has been filed against Carnival Corp. in the wake of leaving all those passengers stranded in the Gulf of Mexico under horrid conditions for days.
Cassie Terry from Texas filed that first lawsuit in a Miami federal court, seeking unspecified damages. Terry said that she feared for life throughout the ordeal and was worried that she could suffer “serious injury or illness because of the presence of raw sewage and spoiled food” on the disabled Carnival cruise ship Triumph.
A fire broke out in the Triumph’s engine room last Sunday causing the ship to lose electricity and working toilets.
The last of the 3,000 passengers finally got off the ship this morning around 2:00 a.m.
Once safely ashore, the passengers shared horror stories of the ship’s strong smell of sewage, waiting in long lines for hours for very little food, and sleeping out on the ship’s deck to escape the sweltering heat inside the disabled Triumph.
According to Newsday, the cruise line has offered those who endured the ordeal on the Triumph $500, reimbursed transportation and many onboard costs for their failed cruise, and a credit toward a future cruise equal to the amount they paid for their recent nightmare vacation.
One lawyer from Miami, Jim Walker, isn't too optimistic about passengers’ success in suing Carnival and thinks folks should just take Carnival’s offer.
"It's more than any attorney could get for them," he said.
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