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Carnival will spend $300m to improve ship safety after incident


In this handout from the U.S. Coast Guard, the cruise ship Carnival Triumph sits idle February 11, 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the Coast Guard, the ship lost propulsion power February 10, after a fire broke out in the engine room.


Paul McConnell/U.S. Coast Guard

Carnival Cruise Lines announced Wednesday it will spend more than $300 million dollars to upgrade the ships' safety in the wake of a Carnival Triumph incident.

The Associated Press reported the money will go to emergency generators and upgrading fire and engine safety on all of its two dozen ships.

"The actions by Carnival Cruise Lines will expand the availability of hotel services for the comfort of its guests in the rare instance of a shipboard event that involves the loss of main power," Carnival President and CEO Gerry Cahill said in a statement.

The news comes as the ship operator tries to recoup its losses following a February fire on the Carnival Triumph which led to nightmare conditions for 2,758-passengers stuck aboard the ship while it was towed to Mobile, Alabama.

USA TODAY said while the vessel's emergency power system was operable, the ship was unable to provide basics like working toilets, elevators, air conditioning or even lights.

The incident has been a major blow to the company's reputation and cruise sales have dropped since the incident, USA TODAY confirmed.

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