NEW YORK (AP) — Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a $300 million program to add emergency generators, upgrade fire safety and improve engine rooms on all 24 of its ships.
The Wednesday announcement could help the brand begin rebounding from a wave of bad publicity that began in February. That's when an engine fire knocked out power on the Carnival Triumph, which was sailing from Galveston, Texas. Passengers endured filthy conditions as the Triumph was towed to Mobile, Ala., resurrecting stories of a similar 2010 incident aboard the Carnival Splendor.
Cruise sellers say prices for Carnival cruises have dropped as minor incidents have made headlines.
Earlier this week, Carnival said it would reimburse the U.S. government for costs incurred by the U.S. Coast Guard and Navy in helping the Triumph and Splendor.