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After several cruise ship disasters and dangerous incidents, New York Sen. Charles Schumer is calling for a "Cruise Ship Passenger Bill of Rights." It would be modeled partially after the airline passenger bill of rights already passed into law.
Schumer's idea, however, would not involve federal legislation. Instead, he is calling on the international cruise line industry to voluntarily adopt his "bill of rights." His announcement cites recent cruise mishaps, including a fire that wiped out power and left the Carnival Triumph stranded in the Gulf of Mexico last month. Another Carnival ship, the Dream, also encountered problems at sea last week; its passengers were flown back to Florida, Reuters reports.
Schumer's cruise ship passenger bill of rights would provide for the following guarantees:
These six rights would just be the starting point to overhaul the safety of cruise ships, Schumer said.
In addition to his cruise ship passenger bill of rights, Schumer also called on groups like the International Maritime Organization and the Cruise Line International Association to investigate foreign-flagged ships that serve American passengers. Many cruiseliners are technically registered in other countries, and "existing international standards are clearly not working," Schumer's press release states.