September 5, 2013 |
The world's largest cruise ship company has agreed to use air pollution control equipment to clean exhaust from the giant diesel engines that power its vessels. Carnival Corp. will install scrubbers to cut sulfur oxide emissions and filters to capture soot from 32 cruise ships over the next three years under a tentative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard, the EPA and Carnival announced Thursday. Instead of using cleaner, but more expensive, low-sulfur fuel to cut emissions, some of Carnival's ships will be outfitted with pollution-trapping technology used for years in power plants, factories and vehicles.
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July 17, 2013 |
A crew member's inappropriate response to a fire alarm on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship in 2010 led to a loss of power that forced nearly 4,500 passengers to endure a hot, four-day tow back to port, a U.S. Coast Guard report found. Many air conditioners, refrigerators and toilets stopped working during the tow back, according to passengers. Details of the crew's mistakes are contained in a scathing, 51-page Coast Guard report on the fire that broke out Nov. 8, 2010, as the ship sailed from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera.
June 25, 2013 |
Carnival Corp. said its decades-long chief executive who was at the helm as the firm became the world's largest cruise company -- and faced recent crises as its ships faced highly publicized safety problems -- will step down. The Miami firm said Tuesday that Micky Arison, 63, will leave his CEO post July 3 but stay on as chairman of the board in a move that splits the two positions. Arnold W. Donald, 58, a 12-year member of its board, will replace Arison as chief executive. Arison became chief executive in 1979, before the company went public, and guided it through its arrival on Wall Street and several major acquisitions, including Princess Cruises, Holland America and Costa Cruises.
May 9, 2013 |
Authorities were searching Thursday for two passengers who were believed to have gone overboard while traveling on a cruise ship off the east coast of Australia. The couple, a 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman traveling with family and friends, were discovered missing when the Carnival Spirit docked in Sydney after a 10-night cruise, according to a statement from Carnival Cruise Lines. Police said footage from the ship's surveillance cameras showed that the couple, who are from the Australian state of New South Wales, went overboard from the ship's mid-deck Wednesday night, according to the Associated Press.
April 17, 2013 |
Hoping to improve its tarnished image, Carnival Cruise Lines plans to spend $300 million to add an extra generator in each ship and upgrade fire-suppression systems in response to the high-profile malfunctions that hobbled the Carnival Triumph this year. Carnival's investment comes in response to an engine fire in February that cut most of the power to the Triumph, which had to be towed from the Gulf of Mexico while frustrated passengers contended with nonfunctioning kitchens, bathrooms, air conditioning and elevators.
February 22, 2013 |
The misadventure of the Carnival Triumph cruise in the Gulf of Mexico has provoked several passenger lawsuits and a storm of bad publicity, including horror stories about overflowing toilets and long food lines. But if you think the debacle might lead to heavily discounted cruise rates this summer, think again. Demand for cruise vacations remains strong enough that industry experts predict no sizable fare cuts this summer and fall. However, Carnival Cruise Lines, operator of the ill-fated ship, is among firms offering deals.