Carnival Corp. plans reliability enhancements for all brands

By Tom Stieghorst
Carnival Corp. will spend $600 million to $700 million over the next few years on enhancements to all of its brands to implement lessons learned from the Carnival Triumph engine-room fire.

Speaking at an annual meeting of shareholders in London, Carnival Corp. Vice Chairman Howard Frank said the improvements are similar to the ones announced by Carnival Cruise Lines on Wednesday.

They include better fire-fighting mist systems, backup generators and power supplies for hotel services and new components that enhance the redundancy reliability of the ship's engines.

"It's a sort of belt-and-suspenders program to make sure our ships are doubly safe," Frank said.

Carnival Cruise Lines operates about 24% of the 101 ships under the Carnival Corp. umbrella. Other Carnival Corp. cruise lines include Princess, Holland America Line, Costa and Cunard.

"We think its important to demonstrate to the 10 million people who sail with us each year that our ships are safe," Frank said.

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