__________________ 47 Cruises & Counting! Favorites: Paul Gauguin to Tahiti: Uniworld River Cruises in Europe; any of the Celebrity Solstice-class ships; Holland America for 12-nights in the Baltics & Russia; RCCL for 14-night Greek Isles, Turkey, & Croatia; Holland America for 14-day Alaska cruisetour; 10-night Canada/New England cruise; 21 days in Hawaii including a 7-night NCL cruise; Oceania for 25 days in Asia; & 3 months touring Europe by train. And many days spent in all-inclusive resorts!
Federal law establishes the fees the Coast Guard can charge and these are generally limited to administrative functions such as the licensing and testing of ship's officers, inspecting commercial vessels, and things along those lines. I think the law actually prohibits the Coast Guard from charging for rescues, but they can assess fees if the rescue is a hoax - in essence a fine.
All of the above said, now comes word that Carnival has decided to reimburse the government for the Triumph and Splendor events. This is obviously a political and public relations decision on the part of Carnival. It was a no-win situation and one of those things where it is better to just pay the money so the story goes away and you take a chess piece off of Jay "I Inherited My Money" Rockefeller's playing board.