In the wake of recent shipboard incidents, Carnival has decided to cancel sailings onboard two ships in order to enhance their onboard safety systems. The ships receiving the new safety upgrades include the Carnival Triumph, which lost power in the Gulf of Mexico last month, as well as the Carnival Sunshine, which is currently undergoing a multi-week renovation in Italy.
In a statement obtained from a Carnival spokesperson, Carnival has decided to “make significant investments to enhance the level of operating redundancies and the scope of hotel services that can run on emergency power, and further improve each ship’s fire prevention, detection and suppression systems.”
In order for the ships to revive the safety upgrades, Carnival has been forced to cancel various sailings. The Carnival Triumph will now return to service on June 3, 2013, with a total of 10 additional cruises being canceled. The Carnival Sunshine will now enter service May 5, 2013, following the cancellation of two European cruises.
Carnival’s President & CEO, Gerry Cahill, was quoted as saying, “We sincerely regret canceling these cruises and disrupting our guests’ vacation plans. We are fully committed to applying the recommendations stemming from our fleetwide review and to make whatever investments are needed despite the difficult decision to impact people’s vacations.”
Guests on the affected voyages will receive a full refund, reimbursement for non-refundable transportation costs and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise.
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