Passenger Sues Over 'Horrifying' Cruise

Texas woman doesn't take long to act after ship finally docks

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 15, 2013 2:51 PM CST

(Newser) – She barely had time to shower: A Texas woman who was aboard Carnival's infamous Triumph cruise already has sued the company over the "horrifying" conditions aboard the ship, Reuters reports. Among other things, Cassie Terry says she had to wade through feces from overflowing toilets after the ship lost power.

The lawsuit might well be the first of many, but the New York Times notes that the wording on tickets generally makes it difficult for passengers to win such suits. And one last final injustice: One of the buses carrying passengers home to New Orleans broke down at some point after leaving Alabama, reports AP. They had to wait for a replacement bus.

The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday.
The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
In this undated photo provided by Carnival cruise ship passenger Martha Ackley of Cypress,Texas, passengers wait around a make-shift charging area aboard the vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.
In this undated photo provided by Carnival cruise ship passenger Martha Ackley of Cypress,Texas, passengers wait around a make-shift charging area aboard the vessel in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Martha Ackley)
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