Picture this…you and your significant other are propped up on cushioned lawn chairs, Bahama Mamas in hand, enjoying the sunshine on your faces and breeze through your hair...then you wake up and remember you are on the Carnival Triumph, eating complimentary onion sandwiches and using a lovely red bio-hazard bag as a toilet.

After spending four days stranded on the (now) infamous cruise ship with little to no food, sweltering heat and a plumbing situation reminiscent of the mid 1800s, many passengers are on a legal quest to satisfy their vendetta against Carnival. Though Carnival has offered compensation packages to those passengers unfortunate enough to have taken that fateful cruise, many just don’t think a refund and a few hundred dollars is sufficient compensation for the trouble they endured.

Cruise Ship Law Suit Filed

Within hours of docking at the port in Alabama, passenger Cassie Terry, of Brazoria County, Texas filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Miami seeking damages from Carnival Corp. Though Terry, along with 3000+ other passengers suffered the ills of long food lines, the smell of raw sewage, and likely some emotional distress during the four day ordeal, some say that although this experience was certainly not what passengers signed up for when embarking on the Carnival experience, such harms may not rise to the level of a successful lawsuit.

Unless major injury or illness can be attributed to the negligence of the cruise line, many attorneys are skeptical about the potential success of any claims to be made against Carnival. Cruise ship tickets are notorious for contractually binding passengers in such a way that liability is difficult to pin on cruise lines, and smart attorneys are aware of this “trick” that cruise lines employ.

At this point it seems that many passengers may be wise to accept the reimbursement and compensation packages Carnival has offered.  According to experienced attorneys specializing in Cruise Ship Litigation, this route will likely get passengers more compensation than they would be able to via litigation.

Click to learn more about Maritime law.