Carnival Corp. said Monday it will repay the U.S. government an unspecified amount for the costs to taxpayers of responses to disabling accidents on its Triumph and Splendor cruise ships, both of which left thousands of passengers stranded at sea for days.
The crippled cruise ship whose sewage-filled breakdown in the Gulf of Mexico subjected thousands to horrendous conditions tore loose Wednesday from the dock where it's being repaired, lumbered downriver and crunched into a cargo ship.
Passengers of the Carnival Triumph tried to put the memories of their nightmarish cruise behind them, boarding buses and planes for home after five harrowing days aboard a vessel adrift at sea without power or working toilets.
While some angry passengers aboard the disabled Carnival cruise ship may consider suing the company after an engine room fire set the ship adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico, a maritime lawyer doesn't expect it would be worth their while.
A cruise line company acknowledged Wednesday that its disabled ship in the Gulf of Mexico had mechanical problems weeks before an engine-room fire left more than 4,000 passengers and crew members stranded in the open waters.