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Carnival Splendor Update – Tugboats Arrive on Scene

November 11, 2010

Earlier this week, the Carnival Cruise Line’s Splendor, caught fire, leaving 4,500 passengers plus crew stranded off the coast of Mexico. The head of Carnival Cruise Lines commented that the engine fire that cut power on the disabled cruise ship was the worst accident in his company’s 35-year history. The Splendor was 200 miles south of San Diego and about 44 miles off the coast when the engine room fire began on Monday. Although no one was hurt, the fire left the ship without electricity, air conditioning, hot water or Internet service. In addition, most telephone service was cut off. Thankfully, the ship’s auxiliary power was able to be harnessed to make onboard toilets flush and to provide passengers with cold water. Because there is no electricity in the ship’s interior, some passengers have resorted to sleeping out on the deck.

Yesterday, two tugboats arrived at the ship and began pulling the 952-foot ship back to San Diego. The voyage could take at least until late Thursday, assuming good weather. The ship entered cell phone range on Wednesday, allowing passengers who had been mostly cut off from the outside world on Monday to finally reach their loved ones. Reporters noted that passengers have said that rooms in the interior of the ship were pitch black and passengers were having to prop open their cabin doors to let in air and emergency lighting from the hallways. On Tuesday, a US Navy ship brought 70,000 pounds of Spam, Pop Tarts, canned crab meat, and other supplies for the passengers and crew. Mealtimes now means a two-hour queue just to get cold food.

This cruise ship accident illustrates how quickly a dream vacation can turn into a nightmare. Even though the Splendor’s passengers are “safely” on the ship, there are still dangers, such as those that may be encountered by medically-compromised passengers, children, or the elderly. In addition, when a ship is drifiting at sea, there is no way for it to be stable in the event of a storm or rough seas.

Cruise ship injury lawyer, Joseph M. Maus says that passengers who may have been injured on the Carnival Splendor, or on other cruise ships, need to retain their tickets and be aware of cruise ship ticket limitations. These limitations generally require a one year Statute of Limitations in most cruise ship accident cases. Also, a claim must be entered in a specific location. In the case of the Splendor, any claim against Carnival Cruise Lines must be entered in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami, FL.  This is true even thought the cruise originated out of a California port.

For more information, contact cruise ship injury lawyer Joseph M. Maus at 1-866-556-5529 or email him today. Mr. Maus provides a free, no obligation consultation to answer your questions and help you determine if you have a claim against your cruise line. He is an experienced Florida cruise ship injury lawyer who has handled thousands of claims ranging from slip and trip and falls, sexual assault, cruise ship viruses and violations of safety and cleanliness standards, injuries during onshore excursions, and many other types of claims which are related to cruise ships.   His office handles claims on a contingent basis which means there are no attorney’s fees charged unless a recovery is made on your behalf. Mr. Maus is licensed to practice throughout the State of Florida, in the Southern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court, and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is an “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability rating awarded, and the highest ethical rating awarded to attorneys.

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