Two top cruise line Industry executives testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to explain safety regulations that apply to the industry. The executives also discussed the specific protocols for reporting crimes aboard ships, as well as the training that cruise line personnel have received to deal with the myriad of problems the industry has faced as of late.
For the first time, the CEOs of Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line defended the safety culture of the industry before a senate committee. Carnival’s CEO said that 10 policies recently adopted by the Cruise Lines International Association should be sufficient to deal with recent industry woes.
Their testimony came in the wake of several high-profile cruise ship mishaps that have occurred over the past few years. In 2012, several dozen people were killed when cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground off the coast of an Italian island. Recently, five employees connected with that disaster were convicted of manslaughter in Italy.
The day before the hearing, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), introduced a bill called The Cruise Passenger Protection Act, which would change crime reporting standards for cruise ships, provide passengers with a clear summary of cruise contract terms and conditions, and give the Department of Transportation the right to look into consumer complaints concerning cruise lines.
“This bill is the only way we’re going to make consumer awareness and protection a priority, since the cruise industry seems to refuse to take action on its own,” Rockefeller said in a press release.
During the hearing, Rockefeller stated that he was concerned about the public’s lack of access to cruise line crime and safety data. He claimed that alleged crimes on cruise ships are vastly under-reported.
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