Do passengers have the right to sue over the conditions aboard the stranded Carnival ship?

Fox Report with Shepard Smith 2013/02/18 16:26:47
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Passengers freed from the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph shared tales of horror on Friday, recalling unsanitary conditions, food shortages and camping out on deck during five numbing days at sea.

The vacation ship carrying some 4,200 people docked late Thursday in Alabama to raucous cheers from passengers, who were forced to spend five days on the vessel after it was paralyzed by an engine-room fire.

"It was horrible, just horrible" said Maria Hernandez, 28, of Angleton, Texas, tears welling in her eyes as she talked about waking up to smoke in her lower-level room Sunday from the engine-room fire and the days of heat and stench that followed. She was on a "girls trip" with friends. It took about four hours for all passengers to disembark in Mobile, Ala.

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  • sglmom 2013/02/18 16:45:41
    WHY are you encouraging lawsuits?
    Seriously .. is there nothing else to do than engage in Lawfare against everything?
    HOW About knowing that not everything goes well in daily life ..
    not every vacation is relaxing or good ..
    sometimes things happen out of the ordinary ..
    and just GO ON with life?

    TIME to put in place a law to DISCOURAGE lawsuit abuse ..
    and stop the nonsense already ..

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  • i don't care 2013/10/13 09:03:24
    i don't care
    unless there is proof for gross negligence.
  • HAlex1972 2013/03/02 06:53:39
    Is this really important? Yes, they have the right to sue for their losses only.
  • Whips 2013/02/28 03:58:45
    they are responsible for the safety of their passengers
  • smiffjp 2013/02/28 00:57:41
    yes but they signed a waiver....waiving the right to sue for anything that did not mark their body
  • jeff 2013/02/26 18:24:57
    My family and I have cruised on carnival in the past. They treat their staff, epecially wait staff, like slaves and the food served is subpar. Spend a little extra if you can and go with another cruise line.
  • Ashley 2013/02/26 18:23:33
    Of course they can sue. Whether they get anything or not is the question.
  • Jack the Dude 2013/02/26 04:22:24
    Jack the Dude
    Of course, that was ridiculous.
  • MentalGopher 2013/02/26 04:16:00
    See the fine print on your cruise ticket that you probably didn't take the time to read? If Carnival's lawyers have even a rudimentary understanding of how to write a contract, by agreeing to terms and conditions established by Carnival, you've given up your right to sue except under certain circumstances. (So, if negligence by Carnival in maintaining the Triumph was the cause of that fire, the passengers could sue. Their damages would probably be limited, though, especially after the lawyers get their share.)
  • Chris 2013/02/26 02:13:44 (edited)
    Carnival made a good effort by repaying everyone's admission plus offer them a discounted cruise and an apology. That seems fair and a reasonable effort to make it up to them.

    5 days really isn't that long of time, I've gone 5 days eating beans and not showering, it's no big deal. But these are moderately wealthy people so they're not used to living without luxury. How did it become unsanitary so quickly, just eat less and you won't poop so much. You can go 2 weeks without food and just drinking water, they probably never stopped pigging out and take the situation seriously. Or just poop & pee in a bucket and dump it over board, simple solution. Don't most rooms come with an ice bucket? There ya go. I think they are over exaggerating how bad it was.

    YES they do have a RIGHT to sue, which is the question. Doesn't mean that I think a lawsuit is frivolous or not though, that's a separate question.
  • Bob Chris 2013/02/26 13:24:04 (edited)
    I am assuming Carnival makes 100's of millions of dollars, they should of given more than 500 for a measly 4k plus passenger's who dealt with very substandard, hazardous conditions. Financially wise that is.
  • CA Gal 2013/02/26 01:37:58
    CA Gal
    For loss of income if they missed work because of the delay. Emotional distress, no.
  • Susana 2013/02/26 01:28:02
    I love it when insurance companies have to pay out.
    They rob the American people everyday so l I love to see when they have to pay out millions and millions and millions.
    Yes those people should sue
  • ZeldaFan13 2013/02/25 23:50:43
  • colton delaney 2013/02/25 23:41:26
    colton delaney
    They should get a couple of free trips and a double refund.
  • Roxxi 2013/02/25 12:23:14
  • Wade Cole 2013/02/25 06:54:09
    Wade Cole
    I think we should form a class action lawsuit against people who post dumb questions on SH!
  • NotTargetMaterial 2013/02/25 04:35:33 (edited)
  • Wade Cole NotTarg... 2013/02/25 06:56:39
    Wade Cole
    Curious... will the lady with the red shoes be in this third world country of which you speak?
  • NotTarg... Wade Cole 2013/02/25 08:51:39
    Thats my wife and no.
  • Mike NotTarg... 2013/02/25 17:12:49
    No doubt you met her on a cruise ship ? lol
  • NotTarg... Mike 2013/02/25 18:52:28
    I met her behind bars.
  • Airhead NotTarg... 2013/02/26 03:24:47
    I met her behind bars too. Best 20 I ever spent.
    Lol just teasn ya bro
  • NotTarg... Airhead 2013/02/26 04:40:14
    I understand. Best 20 years I ever spent in jail too.
  • cut and... NotTarg... 2013/02/26 18:30:35 (edited)
    cut and paste king
    shes in the cover sheet of magazine called Chicks with Dicks hjk
  • Nudenz 2013/02/25 03:57:30
    They should however be granted a refund.
  • Mike Nudenz 2013/02/25 17:13:18
    I believe that they were
  • Syra Nior Enoch 2013/02/25 01:40:57
    Syra Nior Enoch
    Yes and no...perhaps I would..but they should be more happy they didn't die like in Titanic..I'm SURE all those people sued. -_- with their souls and tears.
  • GoingForTheJugular 2013/02/24 20:45:38
    It sucks and I feel for them, but money back at the most.
  • Shark 2013/02/24 18:56:51
    Actually, the law allows for suing for anything one desire....however that does not make it right.
    Carnival has offered a very reasonable package of compensation and freebies. Yet loser with greedy lawyers will always pursue that which greases their slime covered lives.
  • mac9 2013/02/24 15:37:09
    Maritime law gives little protction to passengers. Have you ever read the fine print on the cruise tickets?
  • Mike mac9 2013/02/25 17:14:51
    The same is true in aviation.
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2013/02/24 13:51:12
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    AFAIC it is there right.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2013/02/24 04:21:25
    Christopher Kirchen
    First off, people sue way too much. Shakespeare had it right. Second, on a stranded ship, things are bound to suck after a while. It would be better if the passengers and crew pulled together, realized they were all on the same boat, literally, sucked it up and helped each other.
  • bill.fleming.77 2013/02/24 00:52:17
    of course. I do not think they will win unless they can show neglect and from the little I have heard they may be able to do just that
  • Dave 2013/02/24 00:46:25
    No - my understanding is that they sign a waiver - so they can't sue the corporation.

    Also I feel that there is nothing more boring than a cruise ship trip or listening to a person's stories of the cruise. So personally anytime one of these ships breaks down I think to myself they are getting their money's worth - and the stories they will be able to tell for years. Oooooh and most likely tell the stories on Television! Whhhoooo-weeeee!
  • Alacrity 2013/02/24 00:09:51
    They are already in suit for million$. Will they get what they ask for?
  • Tordgaard 2013/02/23 21:47:33
  • bettyboop 2013/02/23 21:45:53
    I say yes if they can prove Carnival was aware of mechanical problems and did not try to correct them. Otherwise, each customer should be paid for the expense of the entire trip and however many days of vacation were wasted on the floating turd boat, plus another trip.
  • Mike bettyboop 2013/02/25 19:04:25
    If one travels on a boat that is so dangerously overcrowded, one is indeed asking for problems!
  • masondog1 2013/02/23 18:18:29
    The people were compensated. Things happen. Oh Well.
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