Princess Cruises has pleaded guilty to a federal charge of not operating the Dawn Princess at a slow and safe manner near Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park stemming from a 2001 incident where a humpback whale was later found dead.

While Princess agreed to pay $750,000 relating to the incident -- a fine of $200,000 and an extra $550,000 in community service to the National Park Foundation, the cruise line has not admitted that it had, in fact, hit the whale.

"A few days after this encounter, a dead humpback whale was discovered in the Glacier Bay area," Princess said in a statement. "Although we are not certain that the Dawn Princess hit the whale, based on the circumstances, we have agreed to pay [the fine]."

Princess said that the community service funds would be specifically dedicated to the Glacier Bay National Park conservation efforts.

Princess said that after the incident it put into place clear guidelines for all its vessels on how to operate in the vicinity of whales and instituted speed restrictions in the Icy Straits area, which it has followed since 2001. Also, Princess said it has conducted whale avoidance training for its captains sailing in Alaska waters.

To contact reporter Johanna Jainchill, send e-mail to [email protected].


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