November 16, 2001
A protracted negotiation between the state of Alaska and cruise lines over pollution -- specifically concerning excessive smokestack emissions -- has finally been settled. Crystal Cruises, Princess Cruises, World Explorer, Holland America, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line will pay settlements that range from $27,500 to $165,000 for smokestack excess in Juneau; Celebrity had already agreed to a $55,000 settlement for two violations.
This is all part of an extensive program, the "Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative," launched by the state, which has long been concerned about the environmental impact caused by ships carrying 680,000 passengers this year alone.
The latest fines actually are lower than past violations; cruise lines have actively taken steps to limit their negative impact on the environment via new on-board technology.