Is the Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013 Necessary?
Below is another perspective on Senator Jay Rockefeller’s proposed legislation.
CLIA Statement on Senate Commerce Committee Hearing
Â Regarding Cruise Passenger Protection Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today provided the following statement in response to the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the Cruise Passenger Protection Act of 2013 (CPPA).
â€śTodayâ€™s hearing presented a distorted picture of an industry that has an exceptional guest care and safety record.Â It also did not provide a balanced view that would help policy makers and the public better understand the full implications of the Cruise Passenger Protection Actâ€”and why it is not needed.
â€śThe CPPA is a solution in search of a problem.Â Overwhelmingly, cruise passengers have a wonderful experience, as demonstrated by a more than 90% customer satisfaction rate.Â Additionally, nearly 70% of passengers are repeat cruisers, demonstrating that they see the value, fun and comfort of cruising.
â€śBy any measure, cruising is very safe. The allegations made at the hearing do not represent the experiences of more than 22 million people every year that enjoy exceptional vacation value and a lifetime of positive memories.
â€śPublicly available data shows that crime is rare on cruise ships.Â However, we take any allegation of crime very seriously. In the unusual circumstance of an alleged crime, law enforcement is notified and special guest care is provided.
â€śThe cruise industry is already heavily regulated.Â Adding a new layer of federal regulation and bureaucracy at the expense of taxpayers, cruise lines and cruise passengers is both unjustified and unnecessary.Â It also unfairly singles out the cruise industry for punitive treatment that would not apply to competitors, and with no basis for doing so.Â The CPPA is unnecessary, anti-competitive, and would increase costs to taxpayers, cruise passengers, and cruise lines with no real value for the public.â€ť
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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines and travel agents before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members. CLIA’s Associate Member and Executive Partner program includes the industry’s leading providers of supplies and services that help cruise lines provide a safe, environmentally-friendly and enjoyable holiday vacation experience for millions of passengers every year. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit www.cruising.org. CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO and cruising.org/ceoblog.