Class Action Filed Against Carnival for Cruise Ship Disaster

A class action lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Florida against Carnival Corporation in connection with the disaster at sea that occurred aboard the cruise ship Triumph earlier this month.

On February 7, the Triumph set sail from Galveston, Texas for what should have been a four-day cruise to Mexico, but on the third day, a fire on the ship caused the cruise ship to become disabled. Tugboats were needed to pull the ship into port in Mobile, Alabama late on February 14 – but not before the passengers were subjected to unsanitary and unhealthy conditions, with human waste overflowing into public areas of the ship.

The lawsuit has been filed by Matt and Melissa Crusan on behalf of other passengers, who allege that “Carnival knew or should have known that the vessel Triumph was likely to experience mechanical and/or engine issues because of prior similar issues,” according to court documents.

The lawsuit further alleges that conditions on the ship “created a severe risk of injury, illness and/or disease.” Passengers had to sleep on deck or in other public areas due to the smell and lack of circulation in the lodging areas of the ship. The lawsuit also claims that passengers were given “spoiled and rotting food” to eat.

According to CNN, the class action lawsuit claims that Triumph had experienced propulsion issues on previous voyages in mid-January, and on January 28, “there was an incident which resulted in damage to the Triumph’s … propulsion system and generators..Notwithstanding said issues, Carnival knowingly decided to embark on the subject voyage.”

The Triumph disaster demonstrates that injuries and unforeseen circumstances can happen aboard cruise ships, despite the fact that they are expected to be paradise on the high seas.

Cruise ship accidents may involve several complex laws, such as personal injury/negligence, wrongful death, premises liability, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010, the Jones Act and/or workers’ compensation laws. Accordingly, it is important to consult with an attorney that is knowledgeable of all applicable laws.

The Chicago cruise boat accident attorneys at Ankin Law Offices are familiar with the wide spectrum of laws and legal theories surrounding a cruise ship accident and we are highly-trained, experienced litigators with the legal skill necessary to pursue your claims following a cruise ship accident. Moreover, our Chicago class action attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims of widespread negligence.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a cruise boat accident, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago cruise ship accident lawyers at Ankin Law Offices at (800) 442-6546 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and remedies following a cruise ship accident.


Howard Ankin of Ankin Law Office LLC ( handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. Mr. Ankin can be reached at (312) 346-8780 and .


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