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Cruise Ship Reportedly Seen Spewing Black Smoke Over Cayman Islands

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In a photograph taken earlier this week, by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, the Carnival Freedom can be seen belching out a cloud of dense, black smoke upon arrival in George Town, Grand Cayman.

The twelve-year-old Carnival vessel departed Galveston, Texas, on the evening of October 27 and arrived in George Town on Tuesday morning, according to Cruise Law News.

The unnamed photographer reported that Carnival Freedom had just arrived in George Town and was about to redirect to the anchorage area when it began smoking heavily from the exhaust stacks.

This is just the latest instance of Carnival’s air pollution being casually caught on camera.

In summer 2019, a live-feed webcam installed over the Port of Nassau in the Bahamas showed the Carnival Victory spewing thick, black smoke over the port for around an hour. Webcam operator PTZtv, tweeted a portion of the video with the caption: “no smoke without…? –– hard to imagine anything good happening here.”

It’s a dismaying sight, especially since Carnival Corporation has been caught in violation of air emission laws more than once over the past several years while on probation for its history of environmental crimes.

In the last three years alone, the U.S. Department of Justice saw fit to levy record-high fines against Carnival Corporation, totaling $60 million.

According to Cruise Law News, Judge Seitz just scheduled a hearing for December 19, 2019, in the U.S. Government’s case against Carnival Corporation to address “compliance challenges,” including incidents logged in Carnival’s Quarterly Tracking Chart filings, pertaining to air emissions, dumping of non-food items (including plastics) in food waste and discharges of other prohibited waste streams, including garbage, ballast water, black water (sewage), grey water, oil and oily waste products.

TravelPulse has reached out to Carnival Cruise Lines for their statement on the allegations.

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Windstar President John Delaney to Step Down, Prelog Elevated to COO

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John Delaney, president of Windstar Cruises since July 2016, will step down March 4 “to focus on personal priorities,” the company announced Feb. 28.

Andrew Todd, president and CEO of parent company Xanterra Leisure Holding, will continue as CEO of the small-ship cruise line. Delaney will provide advice to the brand during the transition through March.

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Christopher Prelog, vice president of fleet operations at Windstar and former vice president at Seabourn Cruise Line, will assume the role as chief operating officer of Windstar Cruises.

In addition, Betsy O’Rourke, chief marketing officer for Xanterra and the former senior vice president of marketing at Royal Caribbean, will lend her expertise to the Windstar brand.

This is a time of growth and expansion for the small-ship line. Its $250 Million Star Plus Initiative will lengthen three of Windstar’s yacht-like motor ships so new suites, dining venues and public spaces can be added. The first of the stretched ships, Star Breeze, is slated to return to service in May 2020.

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