Carnival Corporation Breaks Criminal Probation Again and Only Receives $ 1,000,000 Fine This Time


Yesterday, the Chief Justice of the Southern District of Florida fined Carnival Corporation $ 1,000,000 for violating the terms of his criminal probation which he has been serving for five years. In response, Carnival dipped into his petty cash and quickly paid the fine with a check for $ 1,000,000.

The probation stems from the nearly decade-long practice of widespread oil spills from five cruise ships owned by Carnival and operated by Princess Cruises. The case is commonly referred to as the ‘magic pipe’ scandal where engineers fabricated a metal pipe to secretly bypass oily water separation systems on Princess cruise ships to dump millions of gallons of lube oil. / engine of the ship’s holds. Subsequently, the Southern District of Florida levied a record $ 40,000,000 against Carnival and placed all of its cruise brands on criminal probation. Carnival violated the terms of his probation after discovering that Carnival ships engaged in large-scale plastic dumping in Caribbean waters. The most recent million dollar fine, in my opinion, won’t do much to encourage Carnival and its brands, which include Princess, HAL, Costa, Cunard, Carnival Cruise Line, AIDA, P&O, P&O Australia and Seabourn, to change their illegal practices and morally objectionable conduct.

For more information read:

Deliberate dumping, cover-up and lies: DOJ fines Princess Cruises $ 40,000,000

Federal Court lets Carnival Corporation off the hook again

You can read the official court documents regarding Carnival’s latest probation violation here:

Draft agreement to settle the motion for subpoena for offender under supervision dated November 23, 2021 – DE 253 and Exposure

Joint factual basis of the defendant’s guilty plea to the motion for subpoena for offender under supervision dated November 23, 2021 – FROM 254

Order accepting proposed settlement and reinstating probation – FROM 255

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