Carnival CEO Donald talks about dumping case Cuba shutdown

NEW YORK — Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald addressed the
company’s recent guilty plea to violating its probation in an environmental-compliance case and

the impact of last week’s
Cuba cruise shutdown. 

As part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, Carnival Corp. acknowledged that Princess Cruises committed new violations of
laws banning the dumping of “gray water” in prohibited places, and
allowing plastic mixed in with food waste to be dumped overboard. 

Speaking during a World Travel & Tourism Council North America Leaders Forum here Tuesday, Donald said of the dumping violations, “We should not have done it. We need to do better. I
need to do better. And we’re all committed to that.

“We’re going to use the environmental-compliance plan
and violations to increase focus and commitment and accelerate the good
progress.” 

Aside from it being the right thing to do, Donald said it
makes good business sense. 

“People don’t want to go to places that are polluted,”
he said. “Our business interest is to make sure things are pristine.”

Asked about
rebuilding trust with consumers, Donald said, “Trust is one thing, but
what it’s really about is leading edge, best practices.”

Donald also talked about the ban on Cuba cruises imposed
last week by the Trump administration. The new policy was enforced so suddenly
that ships en route to Havana had to turn around. 

“I’m not questioning the judgment, but when it was shut
down, it was shut down immediately,” Donald said. 

Moderator Richard Quest of CNN asked panelist Phil Lovas,
deputy assistant secretary for the Commerce Department’s National Travel and
Tourism Office, if imposing the new Cuba policy “overnight” was “well
executed.” 

“If there is a national-security decision anywhere
around the world, the administration acts,” Lovas said.  

He added that the Cuba policy decision was “not
designed to hurt Cuban people, but to hurt the Cuban military,” which he
said controls the tourism infrastructure, including ports and hotels, and that
that money is used to “repress their own people.”

Donald challenged the
notion that cruise tourism wasn’t helping the Cuban people.  

“The cruise guests were engaging in the culture and
with the people,” he said. “It was absolutely helping the Cuban
citizens. They were spending on crafts, in small restaurants. That is impacting
individuals.”

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