Demand Carnival Cruise Lines Treat Their Employees Better

Target: Carnival Cruise Lines

Goal: Improve treatment of employees

Carnival Cruises has been in the news a lot lately because of the fire on board a cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico. A fuel oil leak caused a fire in the engine room and stranded the cruise line and all of its passengers and workers for several days. They ran out of food, had no ventilation, and were running out of places to go to the bathroom. These deplorable conditions are not a shock for those who know how Carnival treats their employees.

Around the world, thousands of employees of Carnival are forced to work 100-hour weeks for merely $1 an hour. The ships are registered under foreign countries and poverty-stricken staff are selected to work under the desperate conditions. Even though many of the employees make tips on top of their hourly pay, they frequently lose part of them if they don’t receive favorable ratings from customers.

Employees are also promised health insurance, or at least some kind of assistance program. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the cruise line to send home employees without pay who become sick or pregnant and not offer them any kind of medical care. There have also been allegations of abuse, racism and inappropriate relationships to earn promotions.

Carnival’s reputation has already been tarnished because of the deplorable conditions on a recent cruise. They are going to have to redeem themselves to the public, and also their employees. They are already going to face challenges with getting people to trust them again, and treating their employees like slaves will not help this cause. Sign the petition below to demand Carnival treat their employees like human beings.


Dear Carnival Cruise Lines,

The deplorable conditions aboard your recent cruise in the Gulf of Mexico have hurt the image of your company. It has also become apparent that the conditions your employees deal with on a day to day basis aren’t any better. They are forced to work 100-hour weeks for as little as $1 an hour. There are no health benefits, their tips are frequently taken away, and they often face racism and sexual harassment.

With your reputation slowly circling the drain, it would seem appropriate for you to completely revamp your entire operation. The leak that caused the cruise ship’s engine room to catch on fire could have been avoided if your employees were treated better. No one can function properly after working a 100-hour week, and they should not have major responsibilities to worry about on top of their exhaustion.

Unless you change how your employees are treated, you will definitely see declining sales. People are already going to be hesitant to join one of your cruises because of the recent fire issues, but employees being treated like slaves will be the nail in the coffin. Please change how you treat your employees. Your company depends on it.


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  1. Who in their right mind would want to ever embark on one of their cruises?

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