Beaumont man sues after entire staff stuck on Carnival cruise
A Beaumont eye care business and a group of cruise ship passengers have filed separate lawsuits against Carnival Cruise Lines in connection with the ill-fated Carnival Triumph voyage in February.
days after leaving Galveston on Feb. 7 for Mexico, a fire ignited in
the Triumph's engine room, disabling the vessel's propulsion system and
knocking out power. The cruise ship drifted for days in the Gulf of
Mexico before it was towed to Mobile, Ala., on Feb. 14.
his entire staff on a cruise aboard Carnival Triumph, and suffered
economic losses due to the five-day delay in getting the employees back
to reopen the business.
"This is purely an economic loss claim," said Beaumont attorney Matthew C. Matheny,
who represents the eye center. "Dr. Cass actually took his entire
office on a paid vacation, including some of their spouses. They were
stranded out there and had to shut down the business for more than a
Cass also chartered a bus to get his staffers back to work, and sustained additional expenses with contract labor, Matheny said.
lawsuit alleges that the cruise line was aware of the mechanical
problems aboard the ship and failed to maintain the vessel "in a
reasonable and safe manner to prevent a fire in the engine room." The
cruise line also failed warn passengers of the danger, the lawsuit
In a separate lawsuit also filed Aug. 8, some passengers
who were aboard the Triumph claim that they exposed to urine and feces
and the odors of raw sewage that leaked through the ceilings, walls and
The federal lawsuit also alleges that passengers were
exposed to extreme heat and cold temperatures and had to wait in long
lines to get water and food.
The lawsuit, filed by Beaumont attorney T. Roebuck,
alleges that Carnival was negligent for failing to maintain the vessel
in a reasonable and safe manner, for failing to hire and supervise
competent management, and for failing to provide sanitary
accommodations, adequate food and drinking water, and ventilation.
lawsuit seeks an award of damages for discomfort, medical expenses,
mental anguish and lost earnings, and out-of-pocket expenses.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen declined to comment about the lawsuits.