Carnival Corp. didn’t have the best of seasons last year with the tragic Costa Concordia capsizing accident, but this year, it seems as though the company behind the “Fun Ship” isn’t off to a good start either.
The family-friendly Carnival Cruise Line reported that an engine room fire onboard the Carnival Triumph disabled the vessel roughly 150 miles off the Yucatan Peninsula on Sunday, with 3,143 passengers and 1,086 crew members onboard.
According to a statement on Carnival’s website, no one was injured and automatic extinguishers put out the fire before it could spread from the aft engine room. However, this wouldn’t be the first time a cruise line has withheld information regarding an accident or injury.
Cruise companies are responsible for making sure everyone onboard is kept safe from harm. This includes monitoring crewmembers, checking equipment regularly for malfunctions and providing prompt medical attention to injured or ill victims – among others. When a liner fails to protect their passengers and crew from harm, they may be found at least partially liable for ensuing injuries or fatalities, which can cost the company a hefty settlement.
So far, it seems as though Carnival has taken the right steps following the fire incident to protect those onboard, notifying the U.S. Coast Guard of the accident, who have been monitoring the situation since.
The Carnival Triumph is based in Galveston, Texas, where it sails on Caribbean itineraries throughout the year. Unfortunately for the thousands of passengers onboard, this particular vacation became a nightmare following the fire.
The vessel was left adrift off the Yucatan Peninsula, without power. Although emergency generators provided some electricity, the ship had no propulsion. The 900-foot ship became a 100,000 ton cork sitting in the middle of the ocean, but Carnival explained that another one of the company’s vessels, the Carnival Elation, responded to the scene and transferred provisions to the disabled ship.
A tugboat will tow the Triumph to Progreso, Mexico, where cruise passengers will be flown back to the United States. The ship is expected to arrive in Progreso on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Carnival says passengers will get a full refund, plus an equal credit for a future cruise. While this particular vacation was ruined for those onboard, the company has taken a step in the right direction to accommodate for the fire onboard the Triumph.
The ship departed Galveston on Feb. 7 and was scheduled to return Monday, Feb. 11. Carnival has now cancelled the Triumph’s next two voyages, which were set to depart Feb. 11 and Feb. 16, and offering a full refund and a discount on a future cruise for passengers booked on those itineraries.
Had anyone actually been hurt, they would have a right to file a claim with an attorney. Our experienced cruise ship accident lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A. have represented many injured passengers and crewmembers who were involved in onboard accidents and strive to protect the rights of all victims.
Anyone who experiences an accident onboard a cruise ship has the right to seek legal help to discuss their options. Our attorneys are here to offer assistance to anyone who was injured in order to protect their rights and fight for the damages they deserve.
Top Right: Carnival Triumph – latimes.com
Bottom Left: Coast Guard Rushes To Triumph Fire Accident Scene – gcaptain.com