DALLAS - A federal lawsuit has been filed seeking damages for 17 people who were passengers last month on the crippled Carnival Triumph cruise ship.
The plaintiffs in the suit filed Thursday are all Texas residents who claim they were physically harmed and fearful for their lives. The ship cruises out of the Port of Galveston.
The suit is at least the fourth to be filed against Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines. A prior one is seeking class-action status for more than 3,000 passengers aboard when an engine fire cut off all power and left them at sea for five days.
Passengers said they endured food shortages, raw sewage running in corridors and tent cities for sleeping on deck.
The latest suit argues that Carnival overreaches in protecting itself against liability.
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The Carnival Triumph cruise liner suffered a fire in the engine room in February 2013, which knocked out the ship's engines, electricity and air conditioning. Several of the 3,143 passengers 1,086 crew members on board the ship in the Gulf of Mexico complained of "disgusting" conditions, including sewage sloshing around in hallways, flooded rooms and trouble getting enough to eat.
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Two boats filled with Somali pirates started firing at the Seabourn Spirits cruise liner off the cost of Somalia in 2005. The ship was traveling from from Alexandria in Egypt. The ship's crew used an on-board loud acoustic bang to fool the pirates into thinking those aboard the cruise ship were firing back. None of the The 302 passengers died.
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While sailing between New York City and the Bahamas in 2005, the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship was hit with a 70-foot wave that reached up to deck 10 of the ship. Sixty-two cabins were flooded, and two people suffered minor injuries. Two people also died on the Norwegian Dawn during a cruise in 2011.
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In 2006, on board the Royal Caribbean ship, Mariner of The Seas, a young man named Daniel Dipiero went missing while on a cruise with his friends. Surveillance video arose of him walking alone, severely intoxicated, and falling over the side of the ship. The ship admitted to not monitoring its surveillance cameras, therefore never seeing what happened to Daniel while there was time to act.
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