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Carnival Passengers Finally Head Home, Lawsuits Follow.

Francesca Martens |
February 16, 2013 | 2:39 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

Carnival cruise ship docked at port. (Flickr/elcoleccionista)
Carnival cruise ship docked at port. (Flickr/elcoleccionista)
After being out at sea for five days, Carnival's Triumph finally docked in port at Mobile, Alabama. 3,000 passengers who were forced to spend almost a week eating bread and cucumbers and fighting over a cup of coffee, made their way out onto land after five days of sitting in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico on a  ship without flushing toilets or electricity. Buses provided by Carnival awaited the worn-down passengers to take them to motels in Mobile, New Orleans or Galveston, Texas from where the passengers would head home individually.

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On Feb. 14, Carnival Cruise Lines CEO, Gerry Cahill, issued an apology to its passengers and said they would be reimbursed in full, their transportation expenses would be paid and receive a future cruise credit equal to the amount paid for this voyage along with an additional payment of $500 per person to help compensate them for the ordeal.


However, most passengers were not satisfied:

"If I go on another cruise, it will not be with Carnival," Nancy Petrone told Reuters on Friday. "I plan to return their voucher for a free cruise."

As of Feb. 15, Cassie Terry of Brazoria County, Texas, filed a lawsuit against Carnival alleging that Carnival failed to provide a seaworthy vessel and sanitary conditions, according to court documents, for which she is seeking compensation for physical and emotional harm, anxiety, nervousness, and the “loss of enjoyment of life,”

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