PHOENIX, AZ – International Cruise Victims is pleased that Senator Blumenthal and Senator Markey, both members of the Senate Commerce Committee, have introduced new legislation known as S.1673, also referred to as the Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2015 (CPPA). Over the past several months ICV has been working closely with the sponsors of this legislation, which sets new standards for protection and improved safety measures for cruise lines to follow.
“We want to thank International Cruise Victims for their tireless courage and decade of work to make sure victims aboard cruises have a voice. For the more than 23 million Americans who take cruises each year, critical life-saving technology—as well as long overdue measures to protect cruise passengers who become victims of crime or require medical attention in international waters—cannot be further delayed. With serious health and safety incidents continuing to occur, passengers aboard these floating cities need and deserve basic protections. Federal action is needed now,” Sens. Blumenthal and Markey stated.
Major provisions require vessels to integrate technology which can be used for capturing images of passengers and detecting passengers who go overboard. The bill would also require improved medical standards; sea marshals; a clear, up-front summary of the restrictive terms and conditions in cruise contracts; a consumer complaints toll-free hotline telephone number; the reporting of crimes against minors; the strengthening of video surveillance requirements; and the establishment of a victim’s advocate.
The issue of crime at sea and the need for increased protection are apparent, as discussed in an article in the July issue of Security Magazine. While the cruise lines continue to indicate that they are committed to making improvements, there is no question that the industry will do everything possible to defeat the common sense measures set by this legislation, says Ken Carver, chairman of International Cruise Victims.
The much needed CPPA legislation is poised to set a new standard not only for the United States but for the world.