Carnival Corp. and federal prosecutors have reached an
agreement to avoid revoking Carnival's probation in an environmental crimes
case. The details of the proposed settlement were not made public.
U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz set a June 3 date
to review the terms of the proposal, which will be presented in court at that
Carnival Corp.'s Princess Cruises pled guilty to criminal
pollution charges in 2016 and paid a $40 million penalty. As part of its
sentence, it was placed on probation and eight Carnival brands were subject to
an environmental-monitoring program for five years.
In March, the government sought to revoke the probation,
alleging Carnival Corp. had disregarded Seitz's previous order that it stop
prepping staff on its ships when audits were scheduled. At one point, Seitz
suggested she might suspend Carnival Corp.'s authority to dock at U.S. ports.