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May 16, 2009 | Hugo Martin
Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise line operator, announced Friday that it would resume visits to Mexican ports later this month. The decision came after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it would no longer recommend that Americans avoid nonessential travel to the country because of the swine flu outbreak. The company, a unit of Carnival Corp., said its first cruise ship to return to Mexico would be the Carnival Holiday.
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September 24, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
While crews work to salvage the wrecked Costa Concordia ship off the coast of Italy, the ship's parent company is struggling to sail clear of stormy conditions. Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise company, Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $934 million, or $1.20 a share, compared with $1.3 billion, or $1.71, in the same period last year. Carnival also reported that bookings for the remainder of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 are behind the same periods in previous years, with prices about the same.
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NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
At last, here’s a chance for your 9-year-old to rage at sea until 3 a.m. while you’re not around. And vice versa. That private time is a key ingredient in a new "Night Owls" program at Carnival Cruise Lines . The idea is to give children more nighttime "fun memories" – and parents more time alone -- while Carnival youth staffers entertain kids in play rooms. Three types of Night Owls parties are offered at least once on each Carnival voyage, whether a journey of three days or 16 days.  Among the activities are video games, sports, arts and crafts, movies, pizza parties and toy giveaways.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The 1,350-passenger cruise ship Veendam will return to Mazatlan, Mexico, in November, the first major cruise ship in the last two years to stop at the Pacific Coast port. And others will follow. Mariachis will play, the governor will speak and a grand fiesta will take place as passengers disembark from the Veendam, a Holland-America Line vessel. In 2010-11 industry giants Carnival Cruise Lines , Princess Cruises , Norweigian Cruise Line , Disney Cruise Line and Holland-America stopped calling at the port.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2006 | Lisa Richardson, Times Staff Writer
Almost a year after her 24-year-old daughter died of a methadone overdose while aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, Jamie Barnett is still seeking answers: How did her fervently anti-drug daughter Ashley wind up ingesting a drug? Did a cruise ship carrying hundreds of passengers have limited medical personnel? And, on a trip filled with hundreds of partying young people, was Carnival unprepared for a medical emergency involving drugs?
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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.
NEWS
September 10, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
The 1,350-passenger cruise ship Veendam will return to Mazatlan, Mexico, in November, the first major cruise ship in the last two years to stop at the Pacific Coast port. And others will follow. Mariachis will play, the governor will speak and a grand fiesta will take place as passengers disembark from the Veendam, a Holland-America Line vessel. In 2010-11 industry giants Carnival Cruise Lines , Princess Cruises , Norweigian Cruise Line , Disney Cruise Line and Holland-America stopped calling at the port.
TRAVEL
March 25, 2001 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carnival Cruise Lines has settled a class-action lawsuit claiming the company inflated port charges to increase its profits, the Miami Herald has reported. Port charges, usually $50 to $150 per passenger, are added to the price of cruises to cover docking fees that governments collect from cruise lines. Lawsuits filed in 1996 accused Carnival of collecting port charges that exceeded the docking fees they paid. Carnival agreed to give vouchers worth $25 to $55 to 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2012 | By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
Twenty-two guests on the Carnival Splendor cruise ship out of Long Beach were robbed at gunpoint in Mexico last week as they traveled by bus from a nature hike in the jungle to the Mexican port city of Puerto Vallarta, according to cruise ship officials and local media reports. Hooded gunmen intercepted the tourists' bus about 5 p.m. Thursday as it returned from the pueblo of El Nogalito, known for its trail through the jungle, according to the Mexican newspapers El Norte and La Jornada.
BUSINESS
May 6, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Carnival Cruise Lines will be staying away from Mexican ports of call through mid-June because of the swine flu. The Miami-based company said it had canceled all port of call visits for 16 of its ships through June 15. The trips have been modified, with some ships arriving at different ports. Carnival previously had modified itineraries through May 11 to avoid docking in the country.
SCIENCE
September 5, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2013 | By Jack Dolan
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.
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
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.
WORLD
May 9, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
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.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
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.
TRAVEL
October 22, 2000 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Carnival Corp. has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in Florida to provide documents about environmental practices on its ships. The subpoena suggests that the Miami-based cruise giant, which operates Carnival Cruise Lines and five other lines, could be the target of a continuing pollution investigation similar to one that resulted in a conviction and fine of rival Royal Caribbean. "At present we know very little about why the subpoena came to us," the company said last week.
TRAVEL
January 14, 2001
I just finished reading Eileen Ogintz's whiny Travel Insider column ("Ship's No-Tobacco Rule Sends Trip Up in Smoke," Dec. 24) complaining about Carnival Cruise Lines' ejection of her family members for violating the "no tobacco products allowed" policy aboard the Paradise. What part of "no" did they not understand when they all signed their cruise contracts? Just because one or two fellow cruisers were also sneaky, with their hidden Cuban cigars, doesn't make it OK for Ogintz to raise a stink with Carnival over her family's poor, misunderstood boys.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2013 | By Hugo Martin and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Despite the public relations disaster created by the Carnival Triumph catastrophe, travel experts and others say the impact on bookings for Carnival and the cruise industry in general will only be short-lived. The ship lost propulsion power after an engine fire on Sunday, leaving the cruise ship adrift in the Gulf of Mexico until it was towed to Mobile, Ala., where passengers told stories of sleeping on the deck to get out of the stiffling heat in their rooms and using plastic bags in place of toilets.
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