In the wake of Carnival Triumph the past February, Carnival Cruise Lines announced today that they’ll spend $300-million to enhance guest comfort and operating reliability should a Triumph-like situation repeat itself. Carnival’s CEO first outlined this plan last month at the annual State of the Industry speech in Miami, Florida.
Both Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Triumph have been given an extended dry dock to implement these new changes.
“All of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships operate safely today. Each vessel already has effective systems in place to prevent, detect and respond to emergency situations, and we meet or exceed all regulatory requirements,” said Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines. “However, by applying lessons learned through our fleet-wide operational review after the Carnival Triumph fire and by taking advantage of new technologies, we have identified areas for enhancement across our operations.
So, what is going to be done with the $300-million?
The cruise line will install an extra generator in each of the 24 ships, giving every stateroom flushing toilets and running water. The installation will also give power for cold food storage, cooking stations, telephone and internet connection during power interruptions.
The company is also making investments in the most technological and advanced fire suppression systems made today. “On Carnival Triumph, our fire systems were effective and our teams performed well in controlling and extinguishing the fire. However, we want to take advantage of the latest and most-advanced generation of fire safety systems to enhance the current extensive capabilities across our fleet,” added Cahill.
All of Carnival’s ships have two separate engine rooms. During this phase, the cruise line is going to reconfigure the engine room so if one engine gets knocked out the other can still operate.
A Safety and Reliability Review Board is being formed to ensure all the bases are covered when it comes to making and implementing the changes. The Review Board will be comprised of five external members with previous experience in organizations such as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Transportation Safety Board, as well as leading airlines and equipment manufacturers.
“The formation of our Safety & Reliability Review Board is an integral part of how Carnival Cruise Lines will drive continuous improvement across our fleet. We will be responsive to its recommendations,” said Cahill.
Aside from Carnival Cruise Lines, parent company Carnival Corporation & plc have announced a fleetwide review and implementation of all 101 ships across all brands. This project is expected to cost between $300- to $600-million.
As of now, these changes will not affect operating itineraries.
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