The Bill of Rights For Cruise Ship Passengers…
It’s amazing to think about the fact that, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 28.5 million people, worldwide, took a cruise in 2018. Of course, with the onset of Covid-19, cruise numbers have plummeted, but are on the rise, now that people are able to travel again.
But are they safe? Although, like anywhere else, or any other type of travel, there is some risk on a cruise ship…things happen, but for the most part, cruising is a safe way to travel and vacation. Nevertheless, due to several events that left the public unhappy, in 2013, the CLIA adopted a Cruise Ship Passengers Bill of Rights, to ensure each passenger’s safe travel and clarify their rights if an accident occurs.
Most people have never heard of these rights, so I’m posting them here for you…
Cruise Ship Passengers Bill of Rights
- The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master’s concern for passenger safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.
- The right to a full refund for a trip that is canceled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.
- The right to have available on board ships operating beyond rivers or coastal waters full-time, professional emergency medical attention, as needed until shore side medical care becomes available.
- The right to timely information updates as to any adjustments in the itinerary of the ship in the event of a mechanical failure or emergency, as well as timely updates of the status of efforts to address mechanical failures.
- The right to a ship crew that is properly trained in emergency and evacuation procedures.
- The right to an emergency power source in the case of a main generator failure.
- The right to transportation to the ship’s scheduled port of disembarkation or the passenger’s home city in the event a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.
- The right to lodging if disembarkation and an overnight stay in an unscheduled port are required when a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.
- The right to have included on each cruise line’s website a toll-free phone line that can be used for questions or information concerning any aspect of shipboard operations.
- The right to have this Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights published on each line’s website.
Please note that the CLIA Passenger Bill of Rights is relevant to Passengers from the USA and Canada only.
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