Miami Herald Asks: What Will It Take To Stop Carnival from Dumping Pollution?

In spring 2019, authorities found Carnival Cruise Line guilty of violating its probation stemming from a felony pollution conviction. The company was ordered to pay $20 million as punishment. The company had previously been required to pay a $40 million fine in the original case that resulted in the guilty plea. 

Despite being given multiple second chances, Carnival continues to thumb its nose at the law. The Miami Herald reports that U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz became so frustrated with the company that she called the company’s chairman Micky Arison to account for the cruise line’s misdeeds.

Instead of taking the helm and guiding his company to become a good environmental citizen, the report says that Arison attempted to wash his hands of the company’s pollution issues.

“I don’t know what more I can do,” the report quotes Arison as saying in court recently. 

Arison cites the good deeds the company has done recently, such as donating to the Bahamas after a hurricane slammed the country in 2019 and donating to Australia to combat the fires in 2020. But Carnival’s philanthropy does not excuse its dumping pollution into the seas.

The most recent example of Carnival pollution came just this year when the Carnival Elation spilled nearly 6,000 of so-call gray water into Port Canaveral.