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Cruise Industry Announces Passenger Bill of Rights

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / U.S. Navy)

(Image Courtesy: MGN Online / U.S. Navy)

by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

NEW YORK (AP) — The cruise industry is announcing the adoption of a passenger bill of rights.

The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 25 major cruise companies, says the bill of rights demonstrates the industry’s commitment to “the safety, comfort and care of guests in a number of important areas.”

The announcement was made in the aftermath of the Carnival Triumph debacle. The ship drifted for several days earlier this year without power as passengers endured filthy conditions.

The bill guarantees among other things passengers’ rights to “an emergency power source in the case of a main generator failure” on a ship, and “the right to transportation” to the ship’s last scheduled port or the passenger’s home city if a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.