Carnival Corp. Will Repay U.S. Government for Aid

April 15, 2013

Carnival Corp. will voluntarily submit payment to the U.S. Treasury Department for help it received from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy related to fires onboard two of the cruise line's ships.

According to a statement from the cruise company, the payment will reimburse the federal government for costs related to the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Splendor incidents of February 2013 and November 2010, respectively.

In a prepared statement Carnival said, "It should be clearly noted that at no point in time has Carnival stated it would refuse to reimburse federal agencies if they sought remuneration."

Carnival has taken heat in the national media for comments CEO Micky Arison made regarding Carnival's policy, which is to honor the maritime tradition that dictates all ships have a duty to render assistance at sea to those in need. Carnival brand ships "frequently render assistance at sea at our own cost, on our own initiative or at the direct request of the U.S. Coast Guard and other authorities," Carnival's senior vice president of corporate maritime policy Captain James Hunn wrote in a letter to Senator Jay Rockefeller on behalf of Arison.

In the newest statement from Carnival, the company stresses no agencies have requested remuneration. Instead, Carnival "has made the decision to voluntarily provide reimbursement to the federal government."

According to a letter Senator Rockefeller sent to Arison, the Carnival Splendor fire cost the U.S. Coast Guard a little more than $1.5 million and the U.S. Navy almost $1.9 million. The Carnival Triumph fire cost the U.S. Coast Guard just under $800,000.

Cruise Critic is awaiting further details from Carnival on how much the company paying the federal government.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor