The Miami Herald today reported that a federal judge may block Carnival from docking its ships at U.S. based ports due to violating its 5-year probation.
The case, dating back to 2016, was related to Carnival dumping oil waste into the ocean in part of a larger pollution scheme. As part of the settlement, Carnival has been on probation for the last 2-years and paid a $40 million dollar settlement.
While on probation, Carnival and its associated cruise lines attempted to avoid further issues by preparing ships in advance of court-ordered audits. The court further found that Carnival falsified records, dumped into the ocean plastics and discharged gray water into Glacier Bay National Park during Alaskan cruises.
Carnival has acknowledged these incidents.
The company owns 102 cruise ships across nine unique brands.
From the Miami Herald article, it was outlined that even as recently as late-2018, Carnival continued its poor practices including:
September 2018 – Holland America Westerdam dumped 26,000 gallons of gray water into Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska.
November 2018 – Carinval Conquest dumped 66,000 gallons of ballast water into water in the Bahamas.