Carnival has had a pretty crappy couple of months after fires and massive systems failures in two of its ships turned things into scenes from Lord of the Flies. So the cruise company has planned a $US300 million upgrade for its 24-ship fleet to make sure it's prepared for the worst.
For those who don't recall the horror, conditions were so bad on one ship that passengers were forced to poop in bags that were left in the hallways. To avoid another repeat, Carnival says upgrades will happen in three major areas. First, it will improve the existing emergency diesel generators so safety equipment can run more smoothly. It will also install a second generator to allow more hotel services -- lifts, toilets, kitchens, communication and so forth -- to run in the event of a malfunction.
Remember this picture from the Triumph of a rat king-like power cord overwhelmed by people trying to plug their phones in to get in touch with loved ones? Carnival doesn't want anymore of that.
The company is aso going to make sure the two engine rooms can work independently. Again, in the case of the Triumph, one engine knocked out the other, which is why the ship was left to drift out in the Gulf for several days. And it's going to add a review board to keep standards high.