I am booked on a Carnival Sunshine transatlantic cruise in November. Despite everything that’s happened in recent months, I never had any intention of canceling my trip. In fact, with everything the line is doing and has done, I know I will feel more secure than ever before.
Carnival Cruise Line has announced a $300 million fleetwide upgrade. It will enhance emergency power capabilities and introduce new fire safety technology, as well as improve the level of operating redundancies. With failings on more than one vessel, Carnival has been doing business under a microscope. In this latest investment, Carnival has shown that they will go above and beyond anything that is required by law to protect their customers.
Everyone knows the problems Carnival has had of late and while they took immediate steps to ensure there wasn’t a repeat of the nightmare that was the Triumph, this latest move should reassure those who have been reluctant to sail that Carnival’s ships are safe. What does this mean for you? For certain, more reliability and peace of mind.
Cruise ships are safe. What was most bothersome to me was the reaction by some that Carnival intentionally sailed unsafe vessels, putting passenger lives at risk. Trust me on this: If Carnival had its way, none of this would have happened. The public relations nightmare that followed and the reimbursement of passengers and their immediate needs to the tune of millions of dollars, is not something any cruise line wants to deal with. It was neither intentional nor irresponsible. Ships are under constant scrutiny by government inspectors. If you have ever taken a behind the scenes tour of kitchens and other areas, you would be nothing short of amazed. To say that you could eat off their floors is an understatement and in comparison to my own kitchen, let’s just say it makes mine look like a sty. That’s because cruise ships are held to a higher standard than any land based restaurant or entertainment venue.
Kudos to Carnival for taking a proactive approach and doing their best to deal with the most adverse of situations. See you in November!