A legal journal in Texas is reporting that the first and only lawsuit filed in Galveston County regarding the disabled Carnival Triumph cruise ship has ended with a voluntary dismissal.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Kathy Marie Armstrong who was among the 3,000 or so passengers who sailed from Galveston on February 7 2013. The Carnival cruise ship became stranded in the Gulf of Mexico after a fire in the ship’s engine room knocked out power.
The Southeast Texas Record explains that Ms. Armstrong lawsuit alleged that she endured what she described as deplorable, unsafe and unsanitary conditions, including “sweltering temperatures, lack of power and air conditioning, lack of hot or running water and lack of working toilets.” Ms. Armstrong claimed that she “feared for her life and safety, under constant threat of contracting serious illness by the raw sewage filling the vessel, and suffering actual or some bodily injury” as the cruise ship was towed back to the U.S.
The lawsuit further alleged “the vessel listed sharply several times, causing human waste to spill out of non-functioning toilets, flood across the vessel’s floors and halls and drip down the vessel’s walls.”
Ms. Armstrong labeled “a floating toilet, a floating Petri dish . . . a floating Hell.”
The Carnival passenger ticket requires that all claims involving Carnival must be filed in federal court here in Miami. Carnival did not file a response to the lawsuit. The probable outcome was either a nominal settlement or Ms. Armstrong’s lawyers agreed to a request to voluntarily dismiss the case.
Still pending in Miami is a lawsuit filed by passengers seeking to assert a class action against Carnival for the cruise in question.