Under public criticism and pressure initiated by U.S. Senator Rockefeller, Carnival announced today that it will reimburse the federal government for costs of over $4,000,000 incurred by the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy in responding to its Triumph and Splendor cruise ships.
I have always wondered how the cruise industry PR people do it. They face non-stop bad cruise news. The Splendor fire. The Concordia deaths. The Allegra fire. The Triumph fire.
Now that all the dust has settled around the Carnival Triumph disaster, we have not seen the influx of lawsuits that the lawyers were promising. There is an answer for this.
Cruise lines do a great job keeping photographs and video of cruise ship fires away from the public.
The fire on the Carnival Triumph cruise ship is being investigated by the Bahamas because Carnival elected to register the Triumph in that country to avoid U.S. taxes, labor and safety laws.