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UPDATE 1-Passengers of stranded
ship have little cause to sue

Reuters, by Tom Hals

Original Article

Posted By:earlybird, 2/15/2013 6:17:54 PM

After four days on a crippled cruise ship with overflowing toilets, stifling heat and hours-long waits for food, at least one passenger from the Carnival Triumph is seeking legal revenge. But lawyers familiar with cruise ship lawsuits suggest angry passengers should think twice before rushing to the courts. Unless passengers suffered major injuries or other losses due to negligence by the cruise operator, they would be better off accepting compensation from Carnival Corp, they said.

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It seems that unless a passenger suffers a fairly serious injury, he is buried in the legal caveats in his contract with the cruise line (otherwise known as "the ticket").

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PageTurner, 2/15/2013 6:20:07 PM     (No. 9178820)

Enjoy your five hundred bucks, folks. If you´re smart, you´ll never do one of these floating sewer rides again.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 2/15/2013 6:29:55 PM     (No. 9178835)

This is grossly inaccurate. You will see many successful suits or perhaps a class action suit against Carnivor. Obviously Reuters has a vulgar understanding of tort law among the several states -- even if passengers signed a choice of law provision, there will be a worthwhile cause of action against Carnivor. There may also be some claims under Contract as well. Reuters obviously cannot afford decent legal advice.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: shamrock, 2/15/2013 6:47:18 PM     (No. 9178851)

It´s pretty tricky to sue because of all the clauses and jurisdiction issues. My brother said he´s never take a cruise suit unless it involved serious injury or death. The fine print in the ticket/contract pretty well covers the company´s butt.

That said, no one I know is dumb enough to get on one of those foreign floating feedlots. Yuck.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/15/2013 7:44:15 PM     (No. 9178908)

Please, let´s get the story straight.
The PAX will get a full refund, a future free cruise, and 500. each.
It was an unfortunate incident to be sure, and I really feel sorry for them, but it was not anyone´s fault. Some days you´re the windshield, some days you´re the bug.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Urgent Fury, 2/15/2013 8:48:53 PM     (No. 9178994)

And quit whining. Ask vet of the Java Sea in ´44 about a bad cruise.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 2/15/2013 8:59:10 PM     (No. 9179015)

This isn´t about a cruise, but Rush sure made a relevant point today: the only problem this ship suffered was the loss of electricity. And this is what our country will be like when our grids are shut down or unable to be used for lack of coal, etc. Think about it. And it only took three days for people to get upset.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: frede, 2/15/2013 9:03:26 PM     (No. 9179024)

I have been strongly tempted to get a rubber stamp, and when I go to a hospital, or see a doctor, to stamp the legal statements, with the words "Singed under Duress".

When you are bleeding, you have no choice.

Furthermore, why should I sign something for a cruse? The airlines don´t ask for it.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: fayebeck, 2/15/2013 9:15:01 PM     (No. 9179047)

#5 has the proper perspective. America absolutely will not survive with too many wussies.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Pepperpot46, 2/15/2013 9:21:09 PM     (No. 9179055)

The lack of sanitary conditions on the ship was very dangerous. I bet 99% of the people on the Carnival Cruise will NEVER use their voucher for a free cruise -- unless they give it to disliked relatives.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TrueBlueWfan, 2/15/2013 10:03:19 PM     (No. 9179090)

#4, I disagree that it´s ´not anyone´s fault´ because the cruiseline had 4 days to get these passengers off that ship and somewhere with santitary conditions. They were not 2,000 miles away from civilization and IMO it could have been done. This is where I think the cruiseline is vulnerable. I think they will have a class-action suit and will settle for several thousands per passenger.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 2/16/2013 10:46:51 AM     (No. 9179918)

And there are those serving their country in the Middle East that would enjoy those living conditions. Shut up , whiners.

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