Whistleblower in Record ‘Magic Pipe’ Pollution Case Gets $1 Million Payout

A U.S. District Judge in Miami on Wednesday sentenced Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. (Princess) to pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges. The judge also ordered that $1 million be awarded to … [Read more...]

Carnival’s Princess Cruises to Pay Record $40 Million Over Illegal Dumping, Cover Up

Carnival Corporation's Princess Cruise Lines has agreed to plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from illegal oil dumping at sea and intentional acts to cover it up, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday. Princess will pay a $40 million penalty – the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.  The charges are tied to the … [Read more...]

Cruise Ship Passengers FAIL To Smuggle 210lb Of Cocaine Into Sydney

Yesterday Australian Border Force (ABF) officers seized 95 kilograms (210 lb) of cocaine from three Canadian cruise ship passengers. On Sunday 28 August, ABF officers boarded the Princess Cruises ship Sea Princess when it berthed in Sydney Harbour, and with the assistance of detector dogs, searched a number of passenger cabins on the ship. During this search, approximately … [Read more...]

Carnival Sending New Cruise Ship to China

Carnival Corporation announced Wednesday that it will be sending a state-of-the-art newbuild cruise ship to China for year-round operations. The new 3,600-guest ship is being built at Fincantieri shipyard in Italy for Princess Cruises, one of Carnival Corp.'s nine cruise ship brands. The newbuild will be based on the design of the company’s new Royal Princess and Regal … [Read more...]