|Carnival Triumph Damage. Image: Wikimedia|
Carnival Corporation has announced that it will reimburse the US Government for the costs of the breakdown at sea of the Carnival Triumph and Carnival Splendor, apparently bowing to pressure from US Senator Jay Rockefeller.
The announcement comes despite Carnival’s initial response that it would not pay reimbursement.
Now in a complete 360, Carnival Corporation said in a statement it had made the decision to reimburse the US Government for the costs of the breakdown.
According to the release, the decision was completely voluntary and made despite no “requested remuneration”.
However, Carnival chairman and chief executive Micky Arison was reportedly asked by West Virginia Democrat, Senator Rockefeller, whether Carnival intended to reimburse the Coast Guard and Navy for expenses, he claimed to be in the region of $780,000 for responding to an engine room fire on the Triumph recently and $1.54 million for a similar incident in November 2010 on the Splendor.