Cruise mishaps, do consumer laws protect passengers?

You may remember when the cruise ship Carnival Splendor was in the news because it had a fire at sea which affected the power on board ship and severely disrupted passengers ability to enjoy their cruise.  Carnival Splendor then managed to limp into San Diego harbour, with its many disgruntled passengers.

For compensation Carnival Cruises, which operated the ship, had offered passengers a complete refund for their fare and travel expenses plus a free cruise to the value of the cruise they were on.

Americans can sometime be litigious, so if any passengers decided to sue the cruise line for a sum of more than that offered, what would be there chances of winning the case?

Maritime lawyer Jim Walker has written a very interesting article on the subject for www.cruiselawnews.com and it is well worth reading if you are any way inclined to take a cruise.

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