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Carnival Cruise Line Troubles
The past two Thursdays I've been visiting with you about the airlines and their problems. So as not to play favorites, I thought I'd visit with you this week about a cruise line...the largest in the world!!
Under the Carnival Corporation umbrella, they have 9 cruise lines beginning with Carnival, AIDA Cruises (a German line), Costa Cruises (of Italian vintage), Cunard (British origin), Holland America, P & O Cruises (Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company of British origin), P & O Australia, Princess Cruise Line, and Seabourn Cruise Line ( a luxury line).
They are big, and I mean BIG, but according to a U. S. District Judge in Miami, he says that “the people at the top (of Carnival) are treating this as a gnat”. What is “this”? Miami-based Carnival Corp. has been on probation for two years as part of a $40 million settlement for illegally dumping oil into the ocean from its Princess cruises ships and lying about the scheme, according to court filings.
In response, Carnival chief communications officer Roger Frizzell said, “Our environmental responsibility has been and continues to be a top priority for the company.”
Over the past two years though e-mails that have surfaced between Carnival's lines seem to indicate that they have pulled some shenanigans in order to hide some of their actions by falsifying some of the data before audit. One of the court filings said that in September 2018, an engineer on Holland America's Westerdam ship falsified maintenance records to make it appear he had cleaned and tested equipment when he had not. The same ship, according to court filings, dumped 26,000 gallons of grey water into Glacier Bay National Park in September 2018.
Monitors also found that the Carnival Elation ship dumped plastic garbage overboard during an audit in December of last year. The plastic wasn't being separated from food, court filings said.
The lady U.S. District Judge, Patricia Seitz, was recently a guest on one of the ships under the Carnival umbrella, the ultra-luxury Seabourn. On there she received a 45-minute presentation onboard about how the Carnival mantra is serious about the environmental issues in the ocean and how plastic straws are damaging to the marine population. She was impressed with the presentation, but said, “Obviously they talk the talk, but they aren't walking the walk”.
The judge reported last week that she'll make a decision in June regarding the probation violation, and she wants company chairman Micky Arison and CEO Arnold Donald in her courtroom for the hearing. At one point she had said she “would like to give all the members of the executive committee a visit to the detention center for a couple of days. I'ts amazing how that helps people come to focus on reality”. Ummmmboy, I'd like to be there!!!!
Anyway.....we'll see what happens, but it's hard to believe that she would shut down the entire Carnival enterprise. What an undertaking!!!
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