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Cruise Ship Bill of Rights Published by CLIA

This past March, after the barrage of cruise ship accidents and mishaps which most notably began with the tragic capsizing of COSTA CONCORDIA at Giglio, Italy, the cruise ship industry was called on by at least one U.S. government official to create a Bill of Rights for cruise ship passengers. Last week, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) did just that with the publication of the Cruise Line Passenger Bill of Rights.

Last, but not least, of the ten rights listed on the Bill is the right to have this Bill posted on the web site of each cruise line. The rights listed on the Bill include: Access at sea to professional medical care, emergency power sources, a crew trained for emergencies, circumstances allowing early disembarkment, refunds for cancellations stemming from mechanical failures, and more.

CLIA has stated they intend to present this Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization for approval and, ultimately, global application. The Bill and the transparency it provides may well help the cruise line industry in its efforts to regain the public trust. Now that these hard-earned rights are set down in print, the expectations of passengers and crew alike are more clearly guided in the case of emergency or mishap.

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