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Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Fleetwide $300 Million Program To Enhance Operating Reliability And Guest Comfort

  Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Fleetwide $300 Million Program To Enhance
                   Operating Reliability And Guest Comfort

PR Newswire

MIAMI, April 17, 2013

MIAMI, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of
Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), today announced that it
has implemented a program to significantly enhance emergency power
capabilities, introduce new fire safety technology, and improve the level of
operating redundancies across its entire 24-ship fleet.This enhancement
program will cost more than $300 million, and rapid upgrades have already
begun.

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The actions by Carnival Cruise Lines will expand the availability of hotel
services for the comfort of its guests in the rare instance of a shipboard
event that involves the loss of main power. In addition, the plan will
reinforce key shipboard operating systems to further prevent a potential loss
of primary power. The improvement plan is the result of a comprehensive
operational review, overseen by parent company Carnival Corporation & plc,
initiated immediately after the Carnival Triumph fire in February 2013. 

"All of Carnival Cruise Lines' ships operate safely today. Each vessel already
has effective systems in place to prevent, detect and respond to emergency
situations, and we meet or exceed all regulatory requirements," said Gerry
Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines. "However, by applying
lessons learned through our fleet-wide operational review after the Carnival
Triumph fire and by taking advantage of new technologies, we have identified
areas for enhancement across our operations. These initiatives reflect our
commitment to safe and reliable operations and an enjoyable cruising
experience for the nearly 4.5 million guests who sail with Carnival Cruise
Lines each year."

Increased Emergency Generator Power

The initial increase in emergency generator power across Carnival Cruise
Lines' fleet of 24 ships will be completed over the next several months. An
additional emergency generator will be installed on each vessel to provide for
100 percent of stateroom and public toilets, fresh water and elevators in the
unlikely event of a loss of main power. The work is already underway and will
not affect scheduled itineraries. Upon completion of the initial phase, the
line will install a second permanent back-up power system on each ship to
provide an even greater level of hotel and guest services if main power is
lost. These additional services will include expanded cooking facilities and
cold food storage, as well as internet and telephone communications.

"Although every ship in our fleet currently has emergency back-up power which
is designed to enable the continuous operation of safety equipment and some
hotel services, it is our intent to significantly bolster that back-up power
to support the core hotel services. With this improvement, we will better
ensure guest comfort in the rare instance of a loss of main power," said
Cahill. 

Increased Fire Prevention, Detection and Suppression Systems

The company will also make additional investments in the newest and most
technically advanced fire prevention, detection and suppression systems. This
includes upgrading the existing water mist fire suppression systems already in
place on Carnival vessels to the newest generation. When triggered, this
high-pressure water mist system instantly creates a larger and thicker blanket
of water droplets than the present system. As the water droplets evaporate,
the system also rapidly cools any hot areas to prevent the possibility of a
fire restarting.

"On Carnival Triumph, our fire systems were effective and our teams performed
well in controlling and extinguishing the fire. However, we want to take
advantage of the latest and most-advanced generation of fire safety systems to
enhance the current extensive capabilities across our fleet," added Cahill.

Enhanced Operating Redundancies

All of Carnival Cruise Lines ships have two separate, redundant engine rooms.
The company's operational review has identified modifications to further
decrease the likelihood of losing propulsion or primary power, as happened on
Carnival Triumph in February. The modifications will include a
reconfiguration of certain engine-related electrical components. On ships
where these enhancements will be made, the design and fabrication of
specialized components will require longer lead times for completion, in
contrast to the immediate upgrades to back-up emergency power and other
systems. 

Last month, Carnival Cruise Lines announced results from the first phase of
the company's operational review, specifically addressing Carnival Triumph and
Carnival Sunshine, both of which are currently out of service.The plan for
each of these ships addresses each of the three areas outlined above.

Company to Form New Safety & Reliability Review Board

Carnival Cruise Lines also announced the formation of a Safety & Reliability
Review Board comprised of outside experts with significant expertise in marine
and occupational safety, reliability and maintenance, marine regulatory
compliance and quality control/assurance. The company already receives
oversight and input from outside regulatory authorities and industry experts.
The new Review Board will provide an additional, independent third-party
perspective, drawing from deep experience across a number of relevant fields
and organizations.

The Review Board will be comprised of five external members. Active searches
are underway for candidates with previous experience in organizations such as
the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and National Transportation Safety Board, as
well as leading airlines and equipment manufacturers.

"The formation of our Safety & Reliability Review Board is an integral part of
how Carnival Cruise Lines will drive continuous improvement across our fleet.
We will be responsive to its recommendations," said Cahill.

Carnival Corporation & plc Fleet Enhancements

Parent company Carnival Corporation & plc previously announced a
corporate-wide operational review of all 10 of its brands and 101 ships. The
review process will include learnings from the recent incidents that can be
applied across the corporation's fleet. Carnival Corporation & plc has
confirmed that, based on the results of the ongoing review, the latest
versions of technologies and enhancements will also be implemented on the
remainder of the fleet where they are not already present. The overall
program of enhancements across the corporation's 101-ship fleet, including
Carnival Cruise Lines' ships, is expected to cost between $600 and $700
million.

"Our fleet already operates at a high standard of reliability. The
investments announced today for Carnival Cruise Lines, and those we will
continue to make, will reinforce our ability to consistently deliver the
customer experience that 10 million people every year have come to expect from
us across our fleet of 101 ships. Absolutely nothing is more important than
the safety and comfort of our guests and crew, and we will use the full
resources of our company to meet that commitment," said Micky Arison, Chairman
and CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.

Initial implementation of the upgrades to the Carnival Corporation & plc fleet
will take place during the next several months. Each class of ship is
different and often systems differ on ships within a class, so the
enhancements will be tailored to each vessel. All findings from the
operational review will be shared with Cruise Lines International Association
(CLIA) as part of the industry-wide operational review announced in March.

SOURCE Carnival Cruise Lines

Contact: Jennifer de la Cruz/Vance Gulliksen, 1-800-438-6744 or 305/599-2600,
ext. 16000, media@carnival.com
 
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