By now, most Americans have heard of the “floating hell” cruise: the Carnival cruise that caught fire and broke down during its voyage to Mexico. The cruise, which was supposed to take only four days, stretched out into eight until tugboats pulled the disabled ship into a Mobile, Alabama harbor.
In a lawsuit against Carnival filed in late February, several passengers of the Carnival cruise described the allegedly deplorable conditions that they suffered while awaiting rescue. According to the personal injury suit, the cruise’s sanitation and plumbing broke down, leaking human waste onto the walls and floors and forcing the passengers to use showers, sinks, buckets, and bags to relieve themselves. In addition, the passengers stated they were served “spoiled and rotting food” during this time.
The lawsuit states, “Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues.” The suit alleges that the cruise’s generators and propulsion systems were damaged in an incident in late January but that “Carnival knowingly decided to embark” on the voyage. Finally, the suit denounces Carnival for creating an environment with a high risk of illness, disease, and injury.
The Coast Guard is currently investigating why the cruise ship was non-functional for such an extended period of time.
In response to the recent press about the Triumph’s crisis and several other mishaps on other Carnival cruises, Carnival has announced that it will be canceling 10 cruises. Additionally, the company will be looking into the operations of its fleet.