Princess Cruises’ announced today that they had “reached a plea agreement with the Department of Justice” regarding illegal bilge-water dumping incidents that date back to 2013. The cruise line faces the largest ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution, according to the DOJ.
As for the settlement, Princess will pay over $40 million in fines while parent company Carnival has agreed to have their ships from across all of their various brands take part in a mandatory Environmental Compliance program.
What Went Wrong?
In a video statement , Jan Swartz — president of Princess Cruises — said that in late 2013, the company was alerted “that some of our employees on board one of our ships had intentio