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28 May 2013 09:34
The Cruise Lines International Association has pledged to ramp up protections for holidaymakers
Major cruise companies have agreed to adopt a Passenger Bill of Rights to guarantee the "safety, comfort and care" of guests following a spate of negative publicity surrounding the industry.
The measures, which will provide back-up for people with
cruise travel insurance, include full refunds for trips that are cancelled due to mechanical failure, and an emergency power source on every ship to keep systems running in the event of a main generator failure. The pledge by the Cruise Lines International Association (Clia), which represents 25 companies including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Cunard, comes in the wake of the Carnival Triumph fiasco, which saw the ship drifting for several days earlier this year without power as passengers endured filthy conditions.
Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Clia, said the idea for the Bill of Rights came about in response to demands from US senator Charles Schumer, who called for the industry to guarantee higher standards for passengers. Mr Schumer said the Bill was "a step in the right direction towards increased accountability for the cruise industry and ensuring the safety and well-being of its passengers", but warned that he still had many questions, both on the content and how the Bill will be enforced.
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24 September 2016
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23 September 2016
Theresa May is being urged to give the go-ahead for flights to resume between the UK and Sharm el-Sheikh by the head of the cross-party parliamentary group on Egypt.
22 September 2016
Budget airline Jet2.com is to open its first base in the south of England at Stansted.
21 September 2016
Smoking rates have dropped to the lowest level on record in England, new figures show, suggesting messages about the health effects of cigarettes are hitting home.
20 September 2016
Concerns have been raised over flight disruptions caused by heavy drinking among passengers.
17 September 2016
British Airways' decision to launch direct flights from London to Tehran earlier this month positions Iran as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2017, according to experts.
16 September 2016
More than 100 flights have been cancelled as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.
15 September 2016
Two thirds of MPs would support an expansion at Heathrow.
14 September 2016
TripAdvisor is launching a new homepage, making the booking of holiday activities and tours even easier.
13 September 2016
Travellers are to be charged to use fast lanes to get through passport checks in an attempt to cut queues.