The federal judge in Miami who is overseeing Carnival Corp.'s environmental probation has ordered the cruise company to attest to the environmental compliance of each ship 30 days prior to its return to service in U.S. waters.
The ruling stems from Carnival Corp.'s environmental probation, which started in 2017 after the company agreed to five years of court-supervised environmental audits and paid millions of dollars in penalties as part of a 2016 plea to charges that Princess Cruises violated pollution laws.
The ruling from Patricia Seitz, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, won't impact the company's current return to service date. It plans to relaunch in December with its Carnival Cruise Line brand, as long as the CDC's current No Sail Order, expiring Oct. 31, is not extended.
In a statement, Carnival said, "We will fully comply with the order, along with all other regulatory and legal requirements."