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Pollution and Environmental Violations and Fines, 1992 - 2012
(Only those reported in the media or public documents)


Also see:   Large Environmental Fines (+$100,000) and Alaska Environmental Fines



Year

Ship, Cruise Line
Explanation of Offense(s)
Fine
Nature of Offense
November 2012 Grandeur of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger: I was on the recent cruise Venice – Barcelona – Miami. There was an oil spill while docking at Cadiz’s Port on 11/15/12. The spill happened when the ship was helped to dock by tugs. The spot was on the mid starboard side of the ship, under lifeboat #7. The crew contained the oil with barriers and absorbent pads. The cleansing operation lasted until a few minutes prior sailing to Tenerife, last port of call of the Transatlantic voyage. Spain’s Guardia Civil (border patrol) was taking notes of the event.
None Oil spill
June 2012 Independence, American Cruise Line
Fenceviewer reports the alleged discharge of soapy water into the harbor at Bar Harbor from the cruise ship as it was tied up to the town pier on Monday is being investigated by harbormaster Charlie Phippen. Mr. Phippen has reviewed video from town surveillance cameras, he said, and confirmed the apparent presence of soapy water floating beside the ship. Environmental testing is under way, and reports from the ship’s captain have been requested, Mr. Phippen said. UPDATE June 6:Fenceviewer reports the discharge was the result of crew error. The water was effluent from clothes washing machines on the ship; the overboard discharge valves to the forward washing machines had been left open. The town’s standard operating procedures for cruise ships outlines the expectation that all ships, whether at anchor in the bay or alongside the pier, will hold all waste water, including gray water, while in port. This is also the policy of the Independence while in port here, Mr. Phippen said, and all overboard discharge valves are supposed to be secured.
None Water pollution
May 2011 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
KTOO News reports te company has agreed to pay a $20,000 fine for dumping water from on-board swimming pools into Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in 2011. The fine was announced by the Environmental Protection Agency. In a signed consent agreement and final court order, the EPA says Princess violated the Clean Water Act in May 2011 when more than 66,000 gallons of pool water was discharged into Glacier Bay. The order says there was a software malfunction on the ship the Golden Princess, causing the pool dump valves to open. The malfunction allowed chlorinated water from six of the ship’s pools and spas to drain into the national park and preserve. Princess notified the EPA of the discharges the next day. The wastewater permit for large cruise ships prohibits the discharge of pool or spa water in national parks and refuges. The federal Clean Water Act allows the EPA to fine cruise companies for permit violations.
$20,000 Water pollution
September 2010

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 15 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria. For the month of September, the ship's monthly geometric mean exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
September 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 5 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
September 2010

Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 4 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.

Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Clipper Adventurer
CBC reports the Canadian Coast Guard is seeking almost half a million dollars in damages from the cruise ship MV Clipper Adventurer and its owners. The coast guard, through the federal government, launched a lawsuit on Friday. The ship ran aground near Kugluktuk, Nunavut, in August 2010 after hitting an uncharted rock shelf. The Coast Guard's Amundsen ship had to rescue the 128 passengers after the Clipper Adventurer's crew was unable to dislodge the vessel. The lawsuit says the damages are to prevent, repair or minimize pollution from the ship's grounding. The Coast Guard said that when the ship was grounded, 13 tanks aboard were breached. Some of those tanks held fuel, freshwater and sludge. Another Coast Guard ship, the Sir Wilfred Laurier, was sent to the site to monitor the salvaging of the ship and the potential pollution from the accident. The lawsuit claims the rock shelf was a known hazard to mariners since September 2007. The owners of the Clipper Adventurer filed a lawsuit against the federal government last spring saying they should have been given more information about the hazard.
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 22 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Carnival Spirit, Carnival Cruise Lines
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 21 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and copper..
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 20 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
August 2010 Zaandam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 8 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 20 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010

Independence, American Cruise Lines
Bangor Daily News reports the 100 passenger cruise ship allegedly released waste into the harbor as it was tied up to the town pier on Monday. The incident happened around 10:30 Monday morning and involved gray water. It isn't known how much was released, it was enough to discolor the water around the ship and had some odor to it. Jane Disney, a town councilor who is also director of the community lab, said Wednesday that the lab tested the water next to the ship about two hours after the discharge was detected. She said the lab found levels of the bacteria enterococcus at 228 parts per 100 million, slightly more than twice the concentration level of the bacteria that correlates to illness in humans. UPDATE: WCSH News reports tests completed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection were unable to prove whether or not the ship discharged its waste while at the town pier last month, but they do say that tests indicated there was definitely a presence of sewage in the water not long after the cruise ship docked in Bar Harbor on July 19. A test conducted hours after the ship was seen discharging showed an elevated level of the bacteria "enterococcus." The D.E.P. says while the ship appears to be the only apparent source of the plume, the department can not be 100 percent certain. Authorities say this is partially because the D.E.P. is not allowed to board ships to check the necessary valves. The captain of the ship says his crew might have discharged "grey water" while the ship was at the town dock, but he added that type of waste could not have produced the size or odor of the plume reported by witnesses. "Grey water" comes from sinks and showers onboard a vessel and investigators with the D.E.P. say it could not have raised the bacteria level of the water to the extent it was on July 19. The case will be referred to the Environmental Protection Agency and the coast guard.

Pending Release of grey water in port
July 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 9 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Water pollution
July 2010

Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 6 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
June 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
June 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 2 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 28 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for five violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May . On May 27 the ship did not conduct sampling of discharges in accordance with the current Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan. The NOV cites: incorrect entries on cooler receipt forms, use of unapproved pH testing methods, sample volume reporting issues, DMR reporting with no ID of sample results and reflection of deviation from QA/QC plan.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010

Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 26 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.

Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 21 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for two violations of Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 20 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and fecal coliform bacteria.
Pending Water pollution
May 2010 Volendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. On May 14 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Water pollution
January 2010

Hannah Glover and Rockmmore, Rockmore Co.
The Boston Herald reports the company has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fines and other costs for dumping raw sewage directly from its vessels into coastal waters and the Charles River. Prosecutors allege that Marblehead-based Rockmore Co. Inc., which operates the vessels Hannah Glover and Rockmore, from 1990 until 2006 knowingly discharged untreated sewage from the boats toilets into North Shore waters. The Hannah Glover offers dinner cruises, sightseeing trips, and ferry service. The Rockmore is a restaurant boat moored in Salem Harbor. Under an agreement reached with federal prosecutors, the company agreed to plead guilty to two counts of violating federal law, and pay a $225,000 fine as well as a $75,000 payment to the state environmental trust.

$300,000 Dumping sewage
November 2009 Amsterdam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Coral Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2009 cruise season.
Pending Air pollution
November 2009 Seven Seas Navigator, Regent Seven Seas
According to a news report November 11th, Prestige Cruise Holdings has alleged that manager V.Ships Leisure is to blame for “potential environmental law violations” aboard the ship.. According to a legal filing made public this week, V.Ships was hired on a one-year contract in 2008 to provide ship management for three Prestige-owned Regent cruise vessels. In March, Prestige instructed V.Ships to place Tonci Masle, a chief engineer at Prestige-owned Oceania Cruises, aboard the Navigator in preparation for Prestige’s takeover of Regent’s ship management in June. Prestige claimed that Masle found “numerous deficiencies” and “identified potential environmental law violations onboard the Seven Seas Navigator”. On 17 March, Prestige “instructed the crew of the Navigator that all bilge water be discharged to shoreside disposal facilities to avoid any further potential violations”. Prestige also turned itself in to the US Coast Guard and US attorney’s office. Prestige subsequently faced “legal fees relating to the US government’s investigation of environmental violations”. In addition to seeking damages from V.Ships and its president Roberto Giorgi, Prestige is also suing Italian class society RINA, which inspected the Seven Seas Navigator.
Pending Bilge water violations
November 2009 Statendam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 16 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of pH.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on September 8 exceeded the allowable level of zinc, on September 16 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia, and onSeptember 16 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 3 and September 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 4, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on September 7 and September 14 exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
November 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in September. On September 15, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 6, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 12 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 11 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia and on August 11 and AUgust 25 the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of biological oxygen demand.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 16 and August 26 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Pacific Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. On August 3, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on August 3 exceeded the allowable level of chlorine and on August 3 and August 10 exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in August. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on August 14 and August 20 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2009 Ryndam, Holland America Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 21 and for the monthly average exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 7 exceeded the allowable level of fecal coliform bacteria and on July 28 exceeded the allowable level of pH.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 29, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 9, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Pacific Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 6 and July 20 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on July 13, July 14, and July 28 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. On July 27, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2009 Silver Shadow, Silverseas Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in July. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on July 2 and July 24 exceeded the allowable level of copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 17, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were six violations. The ship's effluent on June 2, June 16, and June 30 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia. On June 2 and June 30, it's effluent exceeded the allowable level of copper. And on June 2 its effluent exceeded the allowable level of nickel.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 11 and June 25 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. On June 1, the ship's effluent exceeded the allowable level of zinc.
Pending
Wastewater violation
August 2009

Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The ship was cited for violating Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in June. There were two violations. The ship's effluent on June 3 and June 17 exceeded the allowable level of ammonia.

Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Oceanic, Peace Boat
Canadian media (here and here) reports the ship spilled fuel in Vancouver Harbour -- fuel was found blanketing the water around Canada Place in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet. The oil slick was reported Thursday around 5:00 a.m., but harbour master Yoss Leclerc said crews are still working to determine the severity of the spill. "We are in the middle of a rising tide," Leclerc said. "But we are trying to find the dimension of the slick and what kind of product we are dealing with." The ship has taken responsibility for the spill, according to the Vancouver Coast Guard. Port staff, with the help of coast guard and Transport Canada workers, began cleanup operations. Early indication is that the spill is not bunker oil, but light fuel oil, and that no animals have been harmed.

Pending Fuel spill
July 2009 Volendam, Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards in May. There were three violations. The ship's effluent on May 18 had 4800 fecal coliforms per 100 milliliters, while the limit is 43 in any one day. It had a monthly average for fecal coliform of 4800/100ml (effluent limit is 14/100ml) and was also cited for exceding the allowable level of biological oxygen demand (44.1 mg/L (effluent limit is 30 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for zinc in May 2009. On May 11th the concentration of zinc was 0.250 mg/L (effluent limit is 0.23 mg/L); on May 18th the concentration of zinc was 0.290 mg/L.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Sea Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 27th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship twice violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 19th the concentration of ammonia was 99 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L. In addition, on May 19th as a result of a hose leak that resulted in 50 gallons of untreated graywater being released at dock, the ship was cited for one violation of pH, one violation of Biological oxygen demand, one violation of allowable total suspended solids, and one violation of allowable fecal coliform.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia three times in May 2009. On May 14th the concentration of ammonia was 130 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L), May 27th it was 120 mg/L, and May 28th it was 160 mg/L.
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Coral Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated Alaska Wastewater Quality Standards for ammonia in May 2009. On May 21 the concentration of ammonia was 91 mg/L (effluent limit is 80.4 mg/L).
Pending
Wastewater violation
July 2009 Freewinds, Church of Scientology
Pacific Free Press reports the ship docked at Bonaire and offloaded wastewater that was dumped into trenches ashore. The effluent was tested and found to be acidic and to have an high level of ammonia. Other water quality tests are forthcoming. The ship was previously in the news for asbestos contamination (see May 11, 2008)
None
Wastewater landed ashore
July 2009 Spirit of Adventure, Saga Holidays
Norway's biggest newspaper, VG Nett, reports the ship is leaking oil in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjorden on the western coast of Norway. On the pictures seen on VGs website, the ship is seen surrounded by lenses. Rescue boats, police, firemen and other teams rushed to the scene as the reports of the spill reached the officials. Norwegian environmental authorities also sent an airplane to provide aerial assessment of the possible damages caused by the spill. According to the newspaper, the leak was caused by an overflow, causing oil to spill into the fjord. The spill was reported at 8.45 AM, and officials are quoted saying the spill was of "significant amounts". There is no danger of the oil reaching the shores, Rita Berstad Maraak of Geiranger harbour says to VG.
Pending Oil spill
June 2009 Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises
Croatian Times reports the ship was fined for illegally dumping ash imto the Adriatic Sea. The incident occurred last weekend near Lokrum Island near Dubrovnik when the ship was leaving. A local beach was left covered by ashes.
Euros 8524 Dumping ash
February 2009
Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 28th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Pending Air pollution
February 2009
Rhapsody of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The Juneau Empire reports the ships was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On May 27th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Pending Air pollution
February 2009
Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for two air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On May 27th and September 2nd the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Pending Air pollution
February 2009
Oosterdam, Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 24th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. It also had an air opcity incident on July 2nd, but a notice of violation was not issued.
$32,500 Air pollution
February 2009
Island Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 11th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity. It also had air opcity incidents on July 3rd and July 17th, but a notice of violation was not issued.
$3,462 + $32,500 suspended contingent on no violations in 2010 Air pollution
February 2009 Clipper Pacific, International Shipping Partners
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for one air quality violation in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 20th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
$32,500 Air pollution
February 2009
Mercury, Celebrity Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship was cited for an air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On August 28th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Pending
Air pollution
February 2009
Millennium, Celebrity Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ships was twice cited for air quality violations in Alaska during the 2008 cruise season. On July 23rd and August 11th the ship's smoke emissions exceeded 20% opacity.
Pending
Air pollution
November 2008
Island, Sapphire, and Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia.
Pending
Wastewater violation
November 2008 Westerdam, Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted levels on two parameters.
Pending
Wastewater violation
November 2008 Silver Shadow, Silverseas Cruise
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in September (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship twice had higher-than-permitted copper.
Pending
Wastewater violation
October 2008
Island Princess, Sapphire Princess, & Sun Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports that each ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia (twice on Island Princess, once on Sapphire and Sun Princess.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2008
Star Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports that the ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship twice had higher-than-permitted copper.
Pending Wastewater violation
October 2008
Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports that the ship reportedly violated its wastewater discharge permit in August (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Seven Seas Mariner, Regent Seven Seas
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Island Princess & Golden Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted zinc.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Sapphire Princess, Star Princess, Coral Princess, and Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted effluent limits on several parameters.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Cruise line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the ship had higher-than-permitted pH.
Pending Wastewater violation
September 2008
Westerdam, Holland America Line
The Juneau Empire reports the ship violated its wastewater discharge permit in May, June and July (2008), according to Alaska state regulators. Wastewater samples from the 1,848-passenger ship had higher-than-permitted ammonia, zinc and biological oxygen demand. The latter indicates the amount of organic waste in the water.
Pending
Wastewater violation
September 2008
Vision of the Seas & Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The Juenau Empire reports the two ships violated visible air emissions standards last year, July 1 and August 9 respectively. Royal Caribbean may be liable for criminal or civil penalties. Past enforcement cases have cost cruise lines $27,500 per violation. The state's air quality standards  are designed to keep people from breathing harmful sulfur and nitrogen compounds and particulate matter.
Pending
Air pollution
September 2008
Europa, Hapag Lloyd
Press in Finland report the ship spewed waste oil, hitting both the ground and sea, at the Katajanokka terminal. The accident occurred when a hose channelling bilge water to a container tank came undone. As a result, waste oil erupted from the unfastened hose at high pressure, causing oil to land both on the asphalt as well as in the sea. The ship was docked at the time of the accident. Between 50 and 60 litres of oil gushed from the ship, ten litres of which shot into the sea. The ship departed for St. Petersburg half an hour behind schedule due to clean-up work.
None
Oil spill
August 2008
Fram, Hurtigruten
An enormous oil spill in Sisimiut harbour Greenland) resulted in 21 firemen working through Tuesday night to clean up 3000 litres of diesel, reports Sermitsiaq. When the passenger ship Fram attempted to refuel, 10,000 litres of oil escaped into the harbour waters. Sisimiut fire-chief Steen Borisen said that passenger ship Fram unsuccessfully tried to refuel and the oil spilled directly into the harbour.
None
Oil spill
July 2008
Sea Lion, Lindblad Expeditions
This photo was taken in the morning while the ship (apparently on charter to National Geographic) was tied to the fuel dock in Sitka, just below the OConnor Bridge. It's probably just gray water (not illegal), but still not consistent with a company that claims to be environmentally sensitive and responsible. (Photo courtesy of Island Resources Foundation).
None
Release of grey water in port
June 2008
Rhapsody of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
The Assocated Press reports Royal Caribbean Cruises says it mistakenly broke state law in discharging about 20,000 gallons of wastewater into Chatham Strait in Southeast Alaska. Crew members mistakenly discharged gray water, wastewater from cabin showers and sinks, on June 10. The error was not discovered until a week later. The ship's captain and environmental officer were apparently suspended while a full investigation is conducted.
None
Wastewater discharge
January 2008
Lyubov Orlova, Quark Expeditions
From a passenger: We took a trip to Antarctica for a study abroad program with the University of Delaware. Aboard the Lyubov Orlova through Quark Expeditions, we traveled with 25 students and 2 advisors on a 10 day Antarctic cruise January 6-16. While aboard, we witnessed dumping of trash, including plastic garbage bags, overboard. Luckily, we were able to catch the act on video and are extremely unhappy with current dumping regulations. Editor's note: Sadly, the Orlova has a long history of this type of behaviour though no government or authority has yet to address the problem.
None
Dumping plastic and garbage in Antarctica
November 2007
Explorer, GAP Adventures
More than 150 passengers and crew (91 passengers, 9 expedition staff, 54 crew) on an Antarctica cruise abandoned ship near the South Shetland Islands, 120 km north of the Antarctica peninsula, after the ship hit an unidentified object (likely ice) which put a 5 - 6 hole through both hulls, took on water and listed 25 - 30 degrees and started sinking. A distress call was issued at about 3:30 AM GMT and passengers boarded lifeboats 90 minutes later in the dark.  After 4 or 5 hours in open lifeboats in active seas, passengers were transferred from life boats to Hurtigruten's Nordnorge which was in the area (it rescued passsengers 10 months earlier when another ship went grounded in Anarctica January 30, 2007) . Air temperatures are around minus 5C; sea temperatures are minus 1C. Last word from the cruise ship's operator are that the ship has been stabilized and is not likely to sink, but this is disputed by news photos and reports. The ship left Ushuaia on November 11 for a 19 day cruise to the Drake Passage.  UPDATE 19:30GMT: The Chilean Navy has dispatched an icebreaker, Contraalmirante Oscar Viel Toro, to evaluate the condition of Explorer and to see if she can be righted/toed to King George Island (presently listing 45 - 50 degrees).  The passengers and crew will be spending the night at the island Chilean Navy base before flying to Punta Arenas in the morning. Chances are she could sink overnight as bad weather is forecast, but the Chilean Navy will be checking her over and maintaining a watch overnight. Ship sank overnight.  PICTURES HERE NOTE: Think about the environmental impact -- fuel oils, hydraulics, chemicals and substances in air conditioning and other systems, and aresenic and other harmful chemicals from televisions, computer screens, etc. The ship sank with 185,000 litres of fuel oil on board in addition to 1,000 litres of gasoline and 24,000 litres of lubricants. It left an oil stain five kilometers wide by eight km long.
None Fuel Spill
September  2007
Dream, Danielle Ship Management Ltd
The ship was detained in Rhodes for spilling waste in the harbour -- it has been charged with willfully polluting the environment.  An inspection by port authorities found that the ship's waste tanks had overflowed and caused it to list 10 degrees to its side.  The ship's tanks held 3000 tons of waste which would take up to a week to remove.  UPDATE OCT 3:  340 crewmembers have remained stranded onboard the ship and have requested assistance with food and water.  The 930 Israeli passengers continued their voyage from Rhodes on charter aircraft.
None
Fuel spill
September 2007
Pride of America, NCL America
The ship discharged a small amount of what appeared to be diesel fuel into Hilo Harbour, according to the state harbourmaster for the Big Island.  The spill, estimated at 10 gallons, was contained and mopped up but still left a sheen.
None
Fuel spill
August 2007
Pride of America, NCL America
Residents of Kailua-Kona report that for 20 minutes the ship discharged water they believe to have been sewage -- there were reports of odour,  feces, and debris floating in the ocean.  The cruise line claims the discoloured water was from eith rinsing off the anchor when it was raised or testing its fire pumps.  Local residents are skeptical about the explanation because the sea bottom there sand and the fire pumps doesn't explain the debris and odour in the water.
None
Wastewater discharge
June 2007
Sea Diamond, Louis Cruises
The ship was fined 1.17 Euros (US$1.57) for pullting the sea, following the April 5th accident that led to the ship sinking with some 450 tons of fuel and lubricants on board.  Approximately 300 tons have already (June 22) leaked into the sea.  Louis Cruise will contest the fine.
$1.57 million
Oil / Fuel Spill
May 2007
The Cayman Islands Government has banned cruise ships from anchoring near the Spotts Dock facility (an alternative location to George Town Harbour.  A cruise ship anchoring for one day can destroy nearly 1 acre of intact reef.  Cruise ships able to hold their position without anchoring will still be allowed to unload passengers at Spotts Bay.  The ban had been in place previously, but it was reinstated April 19 after officials noticed ships were anchoring again. N/A
No anchoring zone
February 2007
Safari Quest,  American Safari Cruises
The ship was fined $7178 for a diesel fuel spill that oiled boats and the shoreline near Richland Tacht Marina (Washington State).  The ship spilled 16 gallons of fuel while docked on October 8, 2006.
$7,178
Fuel spill
January 2007
Nordkapp, Hurtigruten
The ship touched ground near Deception Island in the Antarctic.  No one was injured and the ship sustained an 82 foot long gash to its outer hull.  Passengers will be transferred to Nordnorge (a sister ship) which will return to Ushuaia. Nordkapp will have temporary repairs before HMS Endurance escorts
her to Argentina for full repairs. Pictures of ship after being freed.  Reported Feb 1"We confirm that there has been a spill, given that traces of hydrocarbons have been detected," Raul Perez, a scientist at Spain's Antarctic base, told Spanish state radio. He said more than 5km of coast had been hit.   The spilled was estimated to be between 227 and 757 litres of diesel oil.
None Oil discharge
January 2007
Dawn Princess, Princess Cruises
The cruise line agreed to a plea bargain under which it pays a fine of $200,000 and restitution of $550,000 after criminal charges were filed.  The company was charged with failing to operate at a slow, safe speed while near humpback whales and in 2001 hit and killed a humpback.
$750,000
Whale strike
November  2006
Pacific Sky, P&O Australia
The Sunshine Coast Daily reports taxi drivers in Vanuatu went on strike, refusing to transport the ship's passengers and forcing them to walk 5 km to town, after it was leaned that government is investigating the illegal dumping of 500,000 litres of oil on the island.  Apparently deep holes were dug, lined with thin plastic, and then filled with oil and raw sewage.  The site is within 1 kilometer of a village and school, and is just above a river used for drinking, washing, and swimming.  The motivation:  it would cost US$30,000 to appropriate dispose of the waste at apporved facilities in the region whereas dumping illegally cost less than $200.  The company faces a potential fine of $35 million.
Apology and clean up
Dumping raw sewage and oil
November  2006
Mercury, Celebrity Cruises
The Seattle Times reports today that Celebrity Cruises faces a fine for the Mercury dumping 500,000 gallons of untreated wastewater into Puget Sound.  Though it initially claimed it hadn't dumped, shipboard documents contradicted the company's claim.  The dumping happended 10 times over nine days in September and October 2005.
$100,000
Untreated Wastewater
August 2006
Celebration, Carnival Cruise Line
One of the ship's propellers struck bottom while approaching the dock at Nassau spilling an estimated 200 liters of lubricating oil and affecting the operation of the engine.  The Nassau call was cancelled and the ship is en route back to its homeport, Jacksonville.
None Oil discharge
July 2006
Zuiderdam, Holland America Line
A generator malfunction caused the ship to spew black soot and soot on Skagway, AK.  According to HAL, "there was a technical malfunction of one of the ships five diesel generators which resulted in an extraordinarily abnormal emission of heavy black smoke and some soot from its stacks. The emission was exclusively from the ship’s stacks and lasted approximately five minutes."  According to the fire chief, “It came into town at least three blocks.”
None Air emission
May 2006
QE 2, Cunard Line
Transport Canada confirmed the ship had discharged 3,000 litres if what crew described as "paper pulp in Canadian waters off Cape Breton on September 9, 2005.  Investigators say it is unclear what was dumped, but there was some specualtion it was primarily toilet paper. 
None
Discharge of paper pulp
March 2006
Texas Treasure, Corpus Christi Day Cruise
The ship's operator plead guilty to obstructing a US Coast Guard investigation into whether the ship had illegally discharged waste oil and deliberately bybassed its pollution prevention equipment.  The incidents occured in October 2004.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 25, 2006; the proposed plea agreement includes a $300,000 fine and the institution of an Environmental Compliance Plan.
$300,000
Oil discharges
January 2006 Monarch of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
A US Coast Guard blog reports the ship, while underway to drydock in San Fransico emptied tanks to sea, against Marpol and Royal Caribbeans SQM environmental policy. Tank concern was DD11,used as fixed ballast, contained tons of sediment,chemicals,and bacterias ..the tank had been the source of an accident in San Pedro Sept. 2nd. 2005. Methane gas accident, 3 casualties. Probobly cause of the crime, was to save money and time in Drydock where cleaningwork was scheduled. According to ships stability manual, DD11 was not to be emptied at sea, due to negative stability would occour. Ship had approx. 1000 people onboard, crew and contractors. The ballast repport sendt to USCG does not reflect correct status, as the tank was emptied just before DD.and was free of liquids when entering drydock. Ship was given gas free cerificate by the yard, although over 100ppm methane and H2S was measured when in drydock..cleaning work was cancelled due to that fact. The most serious action was putting the cruiseship in negative stability jepardizing all lives onboard, in addition to the environmental crime by discharging the tank inside legal borders. This was reported to CEO Richard Fain early may 2006, by mail from Norway, but no action was taken, and it was not reported to USCG.
None  
January 2006
Explorer of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
From a passenger (in letter to Cayman Islands officials):
I visited Grand Cayman on the Explorer of the Seas and was transported to shore via a locally operated tender.  I write because of the huge environmental disregard shown by the tender I was on (“Carib Hawk”).  I stood at the back of the boat during the trip and noticed an excessive amount of what looked to be oil being dumped into the ocean from the boat’s motor.  This is unacceptable and must not be allowed.  I talked to the captain of another boat about the matter and he told me that the Ministry of Environment had been in the area investigating a similar matter the day before, and also confirmed that the oil-dumping was not normal when I showed him the pictures I took through my digital cameraThe pictures may be viewed here.
None Oil discharge
June 2005
Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line
While docked in Victoria (British Columbia) local residents near the port complained of a noxious odour pervading their homes following release of a billow of black smoke from the ship's smokestack.  The cruise line didn't notify the port, so inquiries were told it was being looked into.  What was determined was that while fixing a diesel-powered electricity generator, the engine had to be restarted several times.  On two of those restarts the engine emitted heavy black smoke which triggered the ship's own onboard smoke emission alarms. In each of those two occasions the smoke was emitted for less than 30 seconds.  It was the source of the noxious odour.  There was no fine because the emission was due to equipment breakdown.
None
Air pollution
March 2005
Pride of Aloha, NCL America
Statendam and Zaandam, Holland America Line
Disclosures of violation of MOU between the State of Hawai'i and the cruise industry:  On March 12th the Honolulu Advertiser reported that Norwegian Cruise Line America's Pride of Aloha discharged about 70 tons of treated effluent into Honolulu Harbor last month, violating a voluntary agreement with the state.  The state's agreement with the cruise ships allows such discharges at least a mile out from shore while traveling at least 6 knots.   On March 16th, West Hawaii Today reported it had received numerous calls that Holland America's Statendam discharged what appeared to be "brown water" into Kailua Bay for about 15 minutes to 20 minutes before it moved further out to sea. Several of the callers reported the discharge left a "brown mark" on the vessel's side.

None
Violation of MOU
January 2005
Zaandam, Holland America Line
Sapphire Princess, Princess Cruises
The Washington State Department of Ecology issued a press release indicating 3 violations of its MOU with the cruise industry.  One violation occurred on May 13 in Port Angeles, when Holland America Line's Zaandam discharged treated effluent through an advanced wastewater treatment system that Ecology had not approved.  The Zaandam made only one port call in Washington in 2004.  Princess Cruises' Sapphire Princess discharged treated effluent throughout the 2004 season through an advanced treatment system that had not received Ecology approval.  The ship also released untreated waste water from its galleys and laundry during one voyage between Seattle and Victoria in June.  Ecology is investigating the June discharge.
None
Violation of MOU
December 2004
SunCruz, JAB America
JAB America, Inc., pleaded guilty to charges that one (1) of its vessels, the SunCruz VI, dumped garbage off its deck into waters of the United States while departing from Port Everglades on April 24, 2004.  US Coast Guard surveillance equipment observed and recorded several filled plastic garbage bags being dumped overboard from the vessel into Government Cut near Fort Lauderdale.
Unknown
Plastic and garbage
November 2004
Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
In August 2004, Holland America Line was notified by the National Park Service ("NPS") that the Volendam and Statendam may have violated opacity standards while operating in Glacier Bay. On November 10, 2004, NPS notified Holland America Line in separate letters that a Violation of Record would beentered in the permanent park files for each ship.
None
Air opacity
October 2004
Pride of Aloha, NCL America
Discharged approximately 300 gallons of effluent into Hilo Harbour
None
Violation of MOU
June 2004
Holland America Line (Carnival Corporation)
Former Vice President, Richard K. Softye, was fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to falsely certifying that Holland America Line was performing environmental audits when it wasn't.  He was also ordered to perform 450 hours of community service while on probation for three years.
$10,000
Falsifying record
March 2004
Carnival Corporation
Carnival Corporation reported in its 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that on March 5, 2004, Holland America Line notified the United States and Netherlands governmental authorities that one of its chief engineers had admitted to improperly processing bilge water on the Noordam. A subsequent internal investigation determined that the improper operation may have begun in January 2004 and may have continued sporadically through March 4, 2004.  The matter had also been raised by Coast Guard officials in San Juan, Puerto Rico to their counterparts in Tampa following a report to them of the incidents.  It isn't clear whether Holland America's self-report predates the report made by the Coast Guard.  Holland America Line and three shipboard engineers have received grand jury subpoenas from the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Tampa, FL (where the ship was homeported).  (See CCL 10Q filed with the SEC on April 8, 2004)

Bilge water
December 2003
The Honolulu Advertiser reported there had been at least 14 violations of Hawai'i's MOU with the cruise industry in the first year.  See Hawai'i MOU.html
None
Violation of MOU
October 2003
Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line paid $200,000 administrative fee to settle with the California State Lands Commission over the cruise line's noncompliance with state ballast water law.
$200,000
Ballast water
Summer 2003
1 ship cited for violation of Alaska's air opacity regulations

Air pollution
August 2003
Carnival Corporation
In a petition filed with the U.S. District Court in Miami late last month, Carnival's probation officer in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., accused the company of violating terms of its probation by filing 12 false audit reports and asked that Carnival be required to pay another community-service fine. Carnival officials said they fired three environmental-compliance employees responsible for the reports. But the company did not admit to violating its probation.

Falsifying records
August 2003
At the new cruise ship terminal at the Port of Seattle, cruise ships fail to abide by requirement to use low-sulfur diesel while docked – a violation of the state environmental mandates for the project.

Air pollution
May 2003
Norwegian Sun, Norwegian Cruise Line
The ship is cited by the State of Washington for an illegal discharge of 16,000 gallons (40 tons) of raw sewage into the Strait of Juan de Fuca (just off Whidbey Island, a popular vacation resort).  The strait is known to be habitat for Orca whales.  NCL is in court arguing the state doesn't have jurisdiction over this discharge (which isn't denied)

Sewage discharge
February 2003
Norwegian Wind, Norwegian Cruise Line
A couple aboard the ship reported observing whole beer bottles, whole wine bottles, beer and pop cans, corks, plastic plates, plastic utensils, plastic cups and organic material all being tossed into the ocean from the back of the ship.  The ship was between Hawaii and Fanning Island. The company insists it did nothing illegal.  The incident is being investigated by the US Coast Guard and EPA.
None
Disposal of plastics and other garbage
January 2003
Ecstasy, Carnival Cruise Line
The company reported an accidental discharge of 60 gallons of grey water while anchored at Avalon Bay (Catalina Island, California), approximately one-half mile from land.
None
Graywater discharge
October 2002 Crystal Harmony, Crystal Cruises
Reported in March 2003 that contrary to a written promise to not discharge in the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, the ship discharged 36,000 gallons of treated bilge, treated sewage, and grey water.  The company stated that it didn't report the discharge because it wasn't illegal -- it only represented that they didn't keep their promise.
None -- but ship banned for life from Monterey, CA; Crystal banned for 15 years
Sewage discharge
Summer 2002 Holland America Line
1 ship cited for violations of air opacity regulations
$27,500
Air pollution
August 2002
Ryndam, Holland America Line
Approximately 40,000 gallons (250 according to HAL) of sewage sludge discharged into Juneau harbour.  The incident was reported by harbourmaster staff.  The brown, thick substance is being tested  by Alaska's DEC for fecal coliform, pH, and biochemical demand levels.
$2 million in December 2004
Sewage discharge
July 2002
Plea Agreement
Norway and "at least one other ship", Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line pled guilty to on numerous occasions from 1997 through April 2000 that it routinely circumvented the oily water separator, allowing oily bilge to be discharged directly into the sea.  The company was given a lenient sentence because it reported its practices to the Department of Justice.
$1.5 million
($1 million fine and $500,000 in court-ordered community service to fund environmental projects in South Florida
Oil discharges
April 2002
Plea Agreement
Ecstasy, Fantasy, Imagination, Paradise, Sensation, Tropicale, Carnival Corporation
Carnival Corporation pled guilty to numerous occasions from 1996 through 2001 that it discharged oily waste into the sea from their bilges by improperly using pollution prevention equipment.  In addition, the company falsified the Oil Record Books in order to conceal its practices.  The plea agreement only  focusses on Carnival Cruise Line (and dismisses any future charges against other Carnival Corp. subsidiaries), however it only applies to the Southern District of Florida.  Other federal jurisdictions may pursue independent investigation and prosecution.
$18 million
($9 million fine and $9 million in court-ordered community service to fund environmental projects in South Florida

Oil discharges
February 2002

Caronia, Cunard Line
Detained and fined by Brazilian authorities after nearly 8000 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into Guanabara Bay near Rio de Janeiro. Departure delayed one day and ship fined $410,000.

$410,000 Oil spill
December 2001
Zenith, Celebrity Cruises
A compliance audit under the plea agreement between Royal Caribbean and the US Department of Justice found that one 55-gallojn drum of hazardous waste generated by the print shop was landed at Tampa as non-hazardous waste.
None
Improper disposal of hazardous waste
October 2001
Spirit of Oceanus, Cruise West
Discharged 24,000 gallons of graywater in the port of San Diego

Graywater discharge
Summer 2001
Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises
11 ships (six companies) cited for violations of air opacity regulations - Alaska
Carnival Cruise Line ($27,500 -- suspended)
Celebrity Cruises ($55,000, 1/2 suspended)
Crystal Cruises ($55,000 -- 1/2 suspended)
Holland America ($27,500 -- suspended)
Norwegian Cruise Line ($27,500)
Princess Cruises ($55,000 -- suspended)
Royal Caribbean Int'l
($27,5000 -- suspended)
Air pollution
June 2001
Rhapsody of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International
Discharged 200 gallons of graywater into Juneau harbour.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Graywater discharge
June 2001 Mercury, Celebrity Cruises
Discharged treated wastewater at Juneau without required permits. Tests of the wastewater indicated that it was more acidic than permitted for discharging within a mile of shore.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Wastewater discharge
May 2001
Westerdam, Holland America Line
Discharged gray wastewater while docked in Juneau -- estimated by Holland America Line at 30 to 100 gallons (the pump's output is 200 gallons per minute, so the estimate appears low).
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Graywater discharge
May 2001
Norwegian Sky, Norwegian Cruise Line
Discharged black water (sewage) for 20 to 30 minutes (meaning a waste stream of up to three-quarters of a mile) while the vessel was en route from Juneau to Ketchikan and within 3 miles of the Alexander Archipelago.  Fecal coliform counts were 3500 times the allowable federal standard and total suspended solids 180 times the standard.
Unknown
(up to $25,000 is allowed)
Sewage discharge
Jan - May 2001
Holiday, Carnival Cruise Line
Discharges 768,000 gallons of greywater (nearly 40,000 gallons per week for 20 weeks) into the port of San Pedro, California
None
Graywater discharge
Summer 2000
Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, World Explorer Cruises
15 ships (7 companies) cited for violating Alaska's state smoke-opacity standards when they were docked in Juneau between mid-July and mid-August
Carnival Cruise Line ($27,500)
Celebrity Cruises ($55,000)
Crystal Cruises ($55,000)
Holland America ($165,000 -- $55,000 suspended)
Norwegian Cruise Line ($27,500)
Princess Cruises ($55,000)
World Explorer Cruises ($27,500 -- $10,000 suspended)
Air pollution
January 2000
Plea Agreement
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
State of Alaska charged RCCL in August 1999 for seven counts of violating state laws governing oil and hazardous waste disposal.  In January 2000, RCCL pled guilty to dumping toxic chemicals (including dry-cleaning fluid) and oil-contaminated water into the state's waters.
$3.5 million
Discharge of toxic chemicals, oil discharge
Summer 1999
Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, World Explorer Cruises
13 ships(six companies) charged by the Environmental Protection Agency for air pollution violations in the waters of Juneau, Seward and Glacier Bay
Carnival Cruise Line ($55,000)
Celebrity Cruises
Holland America ($55,000)
Norwegian Cruise Line ($55,000)
Princess Cruises ($110,000)
World Explorer Cruises (unknown)
Air pollution
July 1999
Plea Agreement
Grandeur of the Seas, Majesty of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Nordic Empress, Nordic Prince, Song of America, Song of Norway, Sovereign of the Seas, Sun Viking, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
The company pled guilty in six jurisdictions to charges of fleet wide practices of discharging oil-contaminated waste, regularly and routinely discharging without a permit wastewater contaminated by pollutants through its ships' gray water systems, and making false material statements to the Coast Guard.  These practices occurred fleet wide into 1995 and occurred on one ship as late as 1998.  Among the violations supporting this guilty plea were repeated oil discharges from the Nordic Prince into the waters of Alaska's Inside Passage during 1994.  Jurisdictions: Miami ($3 million), New York City ($3 million), Los Angeles ($3 million), Anchorage ($6.5 million), Puerto Rico ($1 million), US Virgin Islands ($1.5 million)
$18 million
($3.5 million designated for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and $2.5 million to the National Park Foundation)

Oil discharge, discharge of hazardous waste,  falsifying records
June 1999
Wilderness Adventurer, Cruise West
Spilled 200 gallons of fuel when grounded in Glacier Bay National Park

Fuel spill
May 1999
Noordam, Holland America Line
Spilled five gallons of diesel fuel into Juneau Harbor.
$250
Fuel spill
May 1999
Sun Vista, Sun Cruises
Sinks off Malaysia leaving a 55 km-long oil slick (35 miles)

Oil slick
September 1998
Island Adventure, Meridian Ship Managers
200 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Intracoastal Waterway, Port Everglades, FL
$5000
Oil spill
August 1998
Norwegian Star, Norwegian Cruise Line
30 gallons of lube oil discharged into Barbours Cut Channel, TX
$625
Oil discharge
June 1998
Plea Agreement

Sovereign of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Song of America, Nordic Prince, Nordic Empress, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd
After Sovereign of the Seas was found discharging oily bilge waste approximately 8-12 miles from San Juan Harbour, PR on October 25, 1994, an investigation  found that the ship's engineers routinely discharged oily waste overboard instead of processing it through the ship's oily water separator.  In addition, employees on all five ships falsified oil record books and made false statements to the Coast Guard to conceal illegal discharge practices. 
$8 million
($1 million designated to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Oil discharge, falsifying records
June 1998
Plea Agreement
Nordic Empress, Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd
Ship observed and filmed by Coast Guard aircraft as it discharged oil while en route to Miami, FL.  The company pled guilty to the willful presentation of a false oil record book for the ship during a US Coast Guard Investigation.  In addition, investigations revealed that the ship had been fitted with a bypass pipe allowing employees to discharge bilge waste from the ship without first processing it through an oily water separator
$1 million
Oil discharge, falsifying records
June 1998
Plea Agreement

Rotterdam, Holland America Line
In 1994, discharged waste 13 times in 10 days into Alaskan waters.  The ship had fixed, permanent piping that allowed oily waste to be discharged directly overboard.  (Reported Assistant Engineer -- he got $500,000)  
$2 million
($1 million fine, $1 million restitution)
Oil discharge
June 1998
Statendam, Holland America Line
1 gallon of oil discharged into Tongas Narrows, AK
$250
Oil discharge
May 1998
Tropicale, Carnival Cruise Line
One half gallon of hydraulic fluid discharged into Tampa Bay, FL
$250
Hydraulic fluid spill
April 1998
Island Dawn, International Shipping
26-30 gallons of fuel discharged into Intracoastal Waterway, Port Everglades, FL
$2125
Fuel discharge
March 1998
Stella Solaris, Royal Olympic
5 gallons of diesel fuel discharged into Galveston Ship Channel, TX
$250
Fuel discharge
March 1998
Statendam, Holland America Line
210 gallons of oil spilled into Los Angeles Main Channel, CA
$800 fine
$50,000 restitution
Oil discharge
February 1998
Acqua Azzurra, Acqua Azzurra Maritima
2 gallons of diesel fuel entered New River, FL through ship's generator exhaust
$250
Fuel spill
February 1998
Liberty II, Sea Co, Ltd
1 gallon of lube oil spilled into Sheepshead Bay, NY
Warning
Oil spill
December 1997
Nordic Empress, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
1 gallon of waste oil spilled into San Juan Harbour, PR
$625
Oil spill
December 1997
Leeward, Norwegian Cruise Line
Damaged Great Mayan Reef near Cozumel (more than 4400 square feet had been shaved off -- 80% destroyed)
$1 million
Damage to reef
September 1997
Regal Voyager, International Shipping
30 gallons of oil spilled into Port of Miami linked to ship by chemical analysis
$1000
Oil discharge
July 1997
Holiday, Carnival Cruise Line
One half gallon of oil based paint spilled into Los Angeles Harbour, CA
$250
Paint spill
June 1997
Seabreeze I, Dolphin Cruise Line
80 gallons of black diesel oil discharged into St. Thomas Harbour, USVI
$1000
Oil discharge
March 1997
Club Med I, Club Med
76-100 gallons of diesel oil spilled into San Juan Harbour, PR
$3000
Oil spill
March 1997
Radisson Diamond, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
10 gallons of waste oil discharged into San Juan Bay, PR because a valve was left open
$3000
Oil discharge
March 1997
Radisson Diamond, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises
10 gallons of oil discharged into San Juan Bay, PR
$1000
Oil discharge
February 1997
Sundream, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
65 gallons of fuel oil spilled into Patapsco River, MD
$1000
Oil spill
October 1996
Ukraina, Prime Express Cruise Co.
40 gallons of waste oil spilled into Intracoastal Waterway, Port Everglades, FL
$10,000
Oil spill
September 1996

Viking Serenade, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
5 gallons of hydraulic fluid spilled into San Pedro Bay, CA
$250
Hydraulic fluid spill
September 1996
Song of Norway, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
One half pint of oil based paint spilled into Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach
$250
Paint spill
August 1996
La Cruise, Louisiana Cruise Ltd
15 gallons of oil leaked into the St. John's River, FL over 11 days days while the ship was in port
$1500
Oil spill
July 1996
Leeward, Norwegian Cruise Line
1 gallon of fuel was discharged into Port of Miami when a hose was disconnected during fuel transfer
$250
Fuel spill
May 1996
Leeward, Norwegian Cruise Line
70 gallons of oil spilled into Port of Miami linked to ship by chemical analysis
$4000
Oil discharge
April 1996
Oceanbreeze, Dolphin Cruise Line
150 gallons of oil discharged into Biscayne Bay, FL
$17,500 Oil discharge
April 1996
Tropicana, Tropicana Cruises
80 gallons of oil spilled into Port of Miami linked to ship by chemical analysis
$5000
Oil discharge
April 1996
Royal Viking Sun, Cunard Line
Stuck coral reef at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba
$23.5 million
Damage to reef
March 1996
Queen Odyssey, Seabourn Cruise Line
1 gallon of fuel oil spilled into Caribbean Sea at St. Croix, USVI
$250
Oil spill
March 1996
Meridian, Celebrity Cruises
Food waste mixed with garbage discharged into Crown Bay, St. Thomas, USVI
Warning
Food and garbage
February 1996
Starship Oceanic, Premier Cruises
200 gallons of oil spilled into Port Canaveral, FL linked to ship by chemical analysis
$2500
Oil spill
February 1996
Cunard Countess, Cunard Line
Garbage and plastic washed ashore at St. Croix, USVI with identifying information linked to the Cunard Countess
Warning
Plastic & garbage
February 1996
Dolphin IV, Canaveral Cruise Line
50 gallons of fuel oil spilled into Port Canaveral, FL
$625
Oil spill

January 1996
Maasdam, Holland America Line
Drags anchor across 1000 meters of Soto's Reef, Cayman ISlands
Unkown fine
Damage to reef
December 1995
Holiday, Carnival Cruise Line
5 gallons of waste oil discharged while in dry dock because a valve was in the wrong position
$250
Oil spill
August 1995
Discovery Sun, DFDS Seaways
Oil based paint dripped into the Port of Miami during painting of ship's hull
$250
Paint spill
August 1995
Scandinavian Dawn, Discovery Cruises
20 gallons of hydraulic oil discharged into Intracoastal Waterway, Port Everglades, FL
$1000
Oil discharge
August 1995
Tropicale, Carnival Cruise Line
1 gallon of diesel fuel leaked into Tampa Bay, FL through a hole in the fuel tank of a lifeboat
$250
Fuel spill
July 1995
Regent Star, Regency Cruises
5 gallons of lube oil washed into Whittier Harbour, AK while decks being washed down
$500
Oil spill
July 1995
Regent Star, Regency Cruises
10 gallons of lube oil discharged into Whittier Harbour, AK
$250
Oil discharge
July 1995
Legend of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
10 gallons of oily bilge water discharged into Gastineau Channel, AK
$1000
Oil discharge
July 1995
Jubilee, Carnival Cruise Line
Oil based paint dripped into Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach during painting of ship's hull
$250
Paint spill
June 1995
Majesty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
1 gallon of bilge oil discharged into Intracoastal Waterway, FL when a valve was left open
$250
Oil discharge
June 1995
Star Princess, Princess Cruises
Spilled 50-75 gallons of fuel oil when ran aground in Lynn Canal, AK
$800
Oil spill
June 1995
Seabreeze I, Dolphin Cruise Line
60 gallons of fuel oil discharged in San Juan Harbour, PR linked to ship by chemical analysis
$1200
Oil discharge
May 1995
Rotterdam, Holland America Line
Bowthruster leaked a half gallon of hydraulic oil
$250
Oil spill
April 1995
Scandinavian Dawn, SeaEscape Cruises
3-mile sheen trailing ship (videotaped by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
April 1995
Seabreeze I, Dolphin Cruise Line
Plastics and garbage discharged into water (reported by passenger)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
April 1995
Seabreeze I, Dolphin Cruise Line
Discharged plastic bags 2 and 25 miles from the US shore and discharged oil into the North Atlantic 1 mile from US coast
$425,000
($275,000 restitution)
Oil discharge, Plastics & garbage
April 1995

Royal Majesty, Norwegian Cruise Line
3-mile sheen trailing ship (videotaped by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
March 1995
Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Cruise Line
Residue from bilge was flushed into the Intracoastal Waterway in Port Everglades, FL
$500
Pollution
March 1995
Star Odyssey, Norwegian Cruise Line
126 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into the Mississippi River because a tank was overfilled
$2500
Oil spill
March 1995
Star of Texas, Ulysses Cruises
1.8 mile sheen (150 feet wide) trailing ship as it traveled in North Atlantic near Miami (videotaped by coast guard)
Referred to flag state
$75,000
Oil discharge
February 1995
Emerald Princess, Fernandina Cruise Lines
20 gallons of waste oil leaked from a hole in ship's hull onto the dock and into the St. John's River, FL
$500
Oil spill
February 1995
Star Odyssey, Norwegian Cruise Line
10 barrels of waste oil and sewage spilled into Southwest Pass, LA during bilge pumping
$6000
Oil spill & sewage
February 1995
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
25 gallons of marine gas oil spilled into East Bay, FL because a tank was overfilled.
$2500
Oil spill
December 1994
Fair Princess, Princess Cruises
Oil based paint dripped into Los Angeles Harbour, CA
$250
Paint spill
November 1994
Starship Majestic, Premier Cruises
2 gallons of oil based paint dripped into Tampa Bay Harbour, FL
$750
Paint spill
November 1994
Britanis, Celebrity Cruises
Plastics and garbage discharged into water (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
October 1994
Sovereign of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Discharged oily bilge water 8-12 miles from San Juan Harbour, PR
$4000
Oil discharge
September 1994 American Global Lines
The company, the predecessor to American Hawaii Cruises, was fined for dumping demolition materials.
$100,000
Dumping
September 1994
Nordic Prince, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Unknown quantity of oil discharged into Gastineau Channel, AK
$5600
Oil discharge
September 1994 Golden Princess, Birka Lines
10 gallons of lubricating oil discharged into Gastineau Channel, AK
$1200
Oil discharge
September 1994
Emerald Princess, Fernanda Cruise Line
Oil based paint dripped into the Amelia River, FL while crew were painting the side of the ship
$500
Paint spill
September 1994
Starship Majestic, Premier Cruises
1 gallon of hydraulic oil spilled into East Bay, Tampa, FL
$1000
Oil spill
September 1994
Rotterdam, Holland America Line
Discharge waste 13 times in 10 days into Alaskan waters.  The ship had fixed, permanent piping that allowed oily waste to be discharged directly overboard.  (Reported Assistant Engineer -- he got $500,000)
$2 million
($1 million fine, $1 million restitution)
5 year probation
Oil discharge
August 1994
Saint Lucie, Jubill of Bahamas
150 gallons of oil spilled into Port Everglades, FL linked to ship by chemical analysis
$4500
Oil spill
August 1994
Nieuw Amsterdam, Holland America Line
260 gallons of hydraulic oil from the propeller leaked when the ship was grounded off Gavina Point, AK
$1500
Oil discharge
July 1994
Regent Sea, Regency Cruises
Lube oil spilled into Gulf of Alaska -- created a 26-mile long sheen
$5000
Oil spill
July 1994
Westerdam, Holland America Line
Discharge of oil into Stephens Passage, AK when oily water separator failed
Warning
Oil discharge
July 1994
Fair Princess, Princess Cruises
42 gallons of bunker fuel oil spilled into San Francisco Harbour
$3000
Oil spill
July 1994
Starship Atlantic, Premier Cruises
One 5-gallon can of red paint broke open when it fell into Canaveral Harbour, FL
$1000
Paint spill
July 1994
Universe, Seawise Foundations
Oil leaked from one of the ship's tenders into Gastineau Channel, AK
$250
Oil spill
July 1994
Seabreeze I, Dolphin Cruise Line
Plastics and garbage discharged into the water (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
May 1994
Discovery I, Discovery Cruise Line
A 2-mile long slick trailed the ship as it was en route to the Bahamas (videotaped by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
May 1994
Golden Princess, Birka Lines
Oil water was discharged into the Lynn Canal, AK.  Crew ignored onboard alarms
Not prosecuted
Oil discharge
April 1994
Regent Sun, Regency Cruises
Fuel spilled into San Juan Harbour, PR,
$4000
Fuel spill
February 1994
Vistafjord, Cunard Line
15 gallons of oily bilge discharged
$3000
Oil discharge
February 1994
Saint Lucie, National Liquidators
150 gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the Intracoastal Waterway at Port Everglades, FL due to rupture in fuel pipe and a leak in the containment area
$3000
Fuel spill
February 1994
Sea Princess, Sea Princess Guam Corp
1 gallon of lube oil spilled into Apra Harbour, Guam when oil holding tank was overfilled
$500
Oil spill
February 1994
Starward, Norwegian Cruise Line
100 gallons of hydraulic oil spilled when ship ran aground on St. John, USVI
$7000
Oil spill
January 1994
Golden Princess, Birka Lines
210 gallons of fuel oil discharged into Los Angeles, CA harbour
$4000
Oil spill
January 1994
Fair Princess, Princess Cruises
1 gallon of hydraulic oil spilled into Los Angeles, CA harbour
$500
Oil spill
January 1994

Oceanbreeze, Dolphin Cruise Line
Plastics and garbage discharged into the water (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
December 1993
Westward, Norwegian Cruise Line
20 gallons of diesel fuel spilled during transfer operations
$2500
Fuel spill
December 1993
Santiago de Cuba, Ferry Charter Florida, Ltd
Approximately 25 gallons of waste oil spilled into the Mobile River, AL while ship in dry dock
$1100
Oil discharge
November 1993
Dolphin IV, Dolphin Cruise Line
Observed pumping oil into the water while en route approximately 5 miles from US coast
$5000
Oil discharge
October 1993
Pacific Star, Starlite Cruises
A spill of 200 gallons of fuel in San Diego Bay, CA was linked to ship by  chemicalanalysis
Part of plea agreement from August 1993
Fuel spill
September 1993
Regent Rainbow, Regency Cruises
Oil based paint dripped into Tampa Bay, FL while hull was being painted
$500
Oil
September 1993
Discovery I, Discovery Cruises
A spill of 30-40 gallons of waste oil into Port Everglades, FL was linked to ship by chemical analysis
$5000
Oil discharge
September 1993
Regal Empress, Regal Cruises
Observed twice dumping plastic and garbage into coastal waters 12 and 25 miles from shore.
$5000 Plastic and garbage
August 1993
Pacific Star, Starlite Cruises
A spill of 500-1000 gallons of oil into San Diego Harbour linked to ship by chemical analysis.
$106,000
($10,000 fine, $96,000 restitution)
Oil discharge
August 1993
Yorktown Clipper, Clipper Cruise Line
Significant fuel leak after ramming a rock in Glacier Bay National Park, AK
None
Fuel discharge
July 1993
Star Princess, Princess Cruises
264 gallons of lubricating oil discharged into Taiya Inlet, AK after a propeller shaft seal was broken by a fishing line
$100
Oil discharge
July 1993
Golden Princess, Birka Cruises
10 gallons of marine diesel oil discharged into San Francisco Harbour
$1000
Oil discharge
July 1993
Majesty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
300-400 liters (75-100 gallons) of lube oil drained into gray water tank and was discharged into Port of Miami
$3750
Oil discharge
July 1993
Europa Jet, Europa Cruises
Spill of approximated 20 gallons of oil into the Thames River, CT, was linked by chemical analysis to the Europa Jet.
$750
Oil discharge
June 1993

Golden Odyssey, Royal Cruise Line
Plastic bag full of garbage found in Endicott Arm, AK.  Traced to the ship by the bag's contents.
$1500
Plastic & garbage
June 1993
Crown Jewel, Cunard Line
8-mile sheen trailing ship when it was 35 miles west of Freeport, Bahamas (observed by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
June 1993
Britanis, Celebrity Cruises
Plastics and garbage discharged into the Gulf of Mexico outside US jurisdiction (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
June 1993
Starship Oceanic, Premier Cruises
Ship trailed a 6-8 mile sheen in New Providence Channel
(observed by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
May 1993

Noordam, Holland America Line
One quart of oil discharges in Elliot Bay, WA after oily water separator failed. Ship was in dry-dock at the time.
$500
Oil discharge
May 1993
Starship Atlantic, Premier Cruises
A one half mile sheen trailed ship 4 miles off the Bahamas (observed by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
May 1993
Seabreeze, Dolphin Cruise Line
Plastics and garbage discharged while ship en route to San Juan, PR (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
April 1993

Seaward, Norwegian Cruise Line
3-mile long oil slick trailed the ship as it traveled approximately 11 miles of Key Biscayne, FL (videotaped by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
April 1993

Ecstasy, Carnival Cruise Line
Ship was observed training a several -mile long oil slick (observed by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
April 1993
Regal Princess, Princess Cruises
Princess Cruises agrees to a fine for dumping more than 20 garbage filled plastic bags off the Florida Keys in October 1991.  Passengers videotape offense and receive half of fine.
$500,000
Plastic
April 1993
Majesty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Discharged waste into harbour at Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island containing an unacceptably high level of bacteria harmful to marine life.
$2500
Bacteria
March 1993
Seaward, Norwegian Caribbean Cruise Line
Discharged debris and raw sewage in harbour at Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island
Unknown
Sewage
February 1993
Viking Princess, Palm Beach Cruises
Discharged oil, creating a sheen (3 miles long) 2.5 miles from Port of Palm Beach
$1 million
Oil discharge
February 1993
Regent Rainbow, Regent Sea, Regency Cruises
Dumping of plastic bags and garbage off Florida and in Gulf of Mexico
$250,000
1 year probation
Plastic & garbage
February 1993
Statendam, Holland America Line
Plastics and garbage discharged between the Panama Canal and Golfo Dulce (reported by passengers)
Referred to flag state
Plastic & garbage
February 1993
Nordic Empress, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
7-nautical mile oil slick left by ship between Bimini, Bahamas and South Florida coast (videotaped by Coast Guard)
Referred to flag state
Oil discharge
March 1992
Seaward, Norwegian Caribbean CruiseLine
Discharged debris and raw sewage in harbour at Georgetown, Grand Cayman Island
$3750
Sewage
early-1992
Nordic Prince, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Leaves a 450 meter (1500 foot) oil spill in St. George's Harbour, Bermuda
$8500
Oil discharge

Sources:   Marine Pollution: Progress Made to Reduce Marine Pollution by Cruise Ships, but Important Issues Remain (February 2000 -- Washington, DC: GAO ), and various news reports