- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2013

Less than 24 hours after the notorious Carnival Triumph docked in Mobile, Ala., Cassie Terry slapped Carnival Cruise Lines with its first lawsuit, citing “horrifying” conditions.

Miss Terry, of Brazoria County, Texas, is suing the cruise line for suffering physical and emotional harm, including anxiety, nervousness and the loss of the enjoyment of life, according to the complaint.

Legal analysts doubt the success of such lawsuits, The Daily Mail reports. Many of the passengers signed a contract prohibiting them from filing class-action lawsuits or suing for emotional distress.

Carnival offered the disgruntled passengers a refund, as well as discounts on future cruises and a compensation package for up to $500.

Passengers and crew were reduced to urinating in shower drains, eating onion sandwiches and sleeping in tents on the ship’s deck for four days after an engine-room fire caused the ship to lose power and water pressure.

Miss Terry said she was forced to wade through human feces from overflowing toilets.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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