The reverberations of the Carnival Triumph debacle are still being felt. That is what happens when a major cruise line leaves thousands of passengers living in squalor for days on end, forcing them to poop in bags because the plumbing has been knocked out. The situation which occurred aboard the Triumph was so widely publicized that even U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller chimed in. Probably as a result of Senator Rockefeller’s tough words for Carnival, the company has agreed to repay the U.S. government for assistance it received in rescuing two stranded cruise ships.
The Carnival Triumph and the Carnival Splendor both suffered fires in their engine rooms in 2013 and 2010 respectively. Both ships were disabled at sea, requiring assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. It seems that the horror stories from the passengers returning from the Triumph, this past February, were too much. West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller called the company out – asking if they would repay the U.S. taxpayer for the help the company had repeatedly received from the coast guard, seeing as how Carnival barely pays federal taxes. Carnival politely declined.
What happened next is probably the reason Carnival eventually came around. Rockefeller, in disgust, publicly stated that he would look to enact legislation to govern future such situations. It is no surprise that Carnival has now changed its tune, agreeing to pay and unspecified amount to the government to offset some or all of the charges incurred with assisting the Splendor and Triumph.