No matter how much any cruiseline, "prepares for the worst", things can and do happen, "on rare occasion". What I do fault Carnival, and with maritime law, in general, is they could have given, those affected by this tragedy, not only a free cruise, and reimbursement for the "debacle" of the cruise they were on, but also a higher cash payment. Giving each passenger $500 for the "pain and suffering" caused by this debacle was an insult!. Every cruise line wants "good publicity" about their cruise business. It will take several years for people to want to go on a Carnival Cruise. There is a saying, "that one dissatisfied customer, will tell ten friends and aquaintances about their cruise experience". Carnival Cruise Line has a major "public relations problem".