Carnival settles US claims of failing to provide proper access for people with disabilities

The world's largest cruise provider and the Justice Department announced a settlement Thursday regarding accessibility access for people with disabilities on 62 ships in the Carnival, Holland America and Princess Cruises brands.

Miami-based Carnival Corp. will pay a civil penalty of $55,000 to the government and $350,000 in damages to individuals harmed by past discrimination, the government said.

The settlement follows an investigation of complaints by the Justice Department. Among the complaints were allegations that the company failed to properly provide and reserve accessible cabins for individuals with mobility disabilities; afford individuals with disabilities the same opportunities to participate in programs and services, including boarding and leaving the ship; and provide effective communication during emergency drills.