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Cruise Passenger Safety to Finally Get Government Scrutiny with Hearing Today

Excerpt from Miami Herald

Jul 24, 2013 9:00 am

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Cruise lines shouldn’t be able to hide behind their foreign flags anymore. Passengers have a right to know the crime statistics on ships they’re considering sailing, and passengers deserve a summary of terms and conditions that doesn’t require a lawyer to translate.

— Dennis Schaal

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller has introduced a bill targeting the cruise industry’s handling of consumer issues and crime reporting, and is set to grill cruise line executives during a hearing on the same subject today.

Called the Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013, the legislation would: Change crime reporting standards to make information about all crimes that are alleged on to have occurred on cruise ships publicly available. Cruise lines would also be required to provide passengers with a clear summary of cruise contract terms and conditions.

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