Watching news footage of the Carnival Splendor cruise liner being towed into San Diego Bay in November 2010 was a reminder that, sometimes, cruises don't go well. Disembarking passengers told tales of three days adrift on the Pacific Ocean off of Mexico with little food, backed-up toilets, no air conditioning, no hot water and dark cabins.
Although the cruise line has offered the nearly 4,500 passengers refunds, reimbursement for transportation costs and a free future cruise of equal value, litigation is likely. And litigation against a cruise line involves different rules requiring attorneys skilled in Maritime and Admiralty laws.
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