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Carnival Ecstasy Cruise from Galveston Injures 61 Passengers

April 23, 2010

The Carnival Ecstasy was involved in an incident while returning from a five day cruise to Mexico when the ship veered sharply to avoid a buoy floating through the Gulf of Mexico. Initial news reports indicate that 61 passengers onboard were injured.

One news report from a TV station in Bryan, Texas featured a interview with a passenger onboard the Carnival Ecstacy when the incident occurred. Gayle Epley was eating with her daughter looking out the window when she felt the ship start to shake, then lean sharply. She looked out the window, and rather than looking at the ocean, she was looking up at the sky. Ms. Epley reported seeing plates and glasses flying off tables due to the sudden and sharp turn. Other passenger reports indicate the ship listed approximately 30 degrees to the port, and that most, if not all, the water in the pool washed out.

Carnival released a statement saying the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon as the 2,052-passenger ship, the Carnival Ecstasy, was sailing in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ecstasy was on the final leg of a five-day cruise out of Galveston, Texas. Carnival says the Ecstasy was forced to perform an unusually sharp maneuver to avoid a large buoy that was adrift and mostly submerged. A spokesperson for the line tells Cruise Critic that the ship only listed 12 degrees, and that the ship’s radar did not detect the buoy.

Cruise Ship accident injury lawyer Joseph Maus says that ‘although the ship departed from Galveston, Texas, any claims for injuries suffered on a Carnival ship must be brought in Florida’. Maus says that Carnival Cruise Lines has a clause in their Ticket Contract which requires full particulars of the cruise injury and accident be given to Carnival in writing within 185 days after the date of the injury, event, illness or death giving rise to the claim. If a party injured on a Carnival Cruise Ship wants to file a lawsuit for injuries from a cruise, the suit must be filed within one year after the date of the injury, event, illness or death, and served on Carnival within 120 days after filing. Additionally the Ticket Contract requires that the lawsuit is filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, even though the Ecstasy departed from Galveston, and the injury occurred in the Gulf of Mexico.

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