Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a "bill of rights" to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships. The New York Democrat says Sunday he´ll be asking industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines which include guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, medical staff and other standard procedures. Schumer´s plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems. In the past two months at least three ships carrying US passengers on cruises have experienced problems, including power failures.
Most cruise ships are not registered in the US, mainly for the over regulating done by congress. I doubt that Chunky will have any luck even if he passes the bill. The most the US can do is prevent these ships coming to our ports and I seriously doubt they will do that.
#2 Beat me to the obvious. Too bad our elected officials don´t think or do their research before they speak. Up chuckie should have known that cruise ships are registered outside the USA in order to avoid the likes of himself and his ilk.
I am surprised, watching interviews, how many people say they would cruise again and on the same carrier. The market should control this. Lots of cruise ships around the world (some illegally dumping their waste and sewage - that is where governments should step in) and lots of people willing to pay to play. People should read their tickets, get lawyers if they feel the need, but keep the damned government out of it. They have enough to do. Or rather, they have enough they should be doing. They can step in if terrorists climb on board.
Oh look! A squirrel, a snake, No, it´s Chuck E Cheese. What good would THAT do Chuckie? You´ve destroyed the US Bill of Rights. This would be no different. You would do your best to destroy it too. Besides, most of WTP are too broke to afford a cruise
I´ve cruised just three times - Caribbean for two weeks, Mexico for four days, Hawaii for a week. I should have stopped after the first one, but friends wanted to go. Didn´t have any problems. Did see problems and were told by the crew they were problems from other cruise ships. Plus at that time there was a big push worldwide to stop cruise ships from this disgusting practice.
Once you sign your cruise ticket there is no need for a lawyer anymore no matter what happens or how bad or unhealthy the ship might become. It is a contract in which you have given up all legal rights, written by and for the cruise line´s benefit. You have no rights left.
Oh good, now congress thinks it needs to get in the vacation cruise business. Can you Democrats just get your noses out of our business! Hey Schumer! Get that barbershop in line in the Senate first. Then we may let you try a lemonade stand!
You´ve already shown us what you can do with Soc. Security and the national debt. Shut up and stay in your little pig sty of a world. We don´t need you!
considering that all cruise lines are foreign flagged, this is a nothing burger and if Schumer thinks he can get it passed, let him try. It might keep him from meddling in issues that really affect the rest of us.
The US gov´t has absolutely positively no power or control over cruise lines´ vessels except for inspection of operational systems by the Coast Guard. Read the fine print on the ticket - it´s a contract. And then if you´re happy with the details, cruise away. The market will deal with Carnival. I predict that if they don´t make some major changes they won´t be in business in a year. Then again, my crystal ball has a short in it. Hasn´t been working right for a spell.
I still wouldn´t cruise - even if it were free. But that´s just my own personal quirk...
Schumer as well as all liberals stick their noses in a private business matters. let the market and common business sense dictate the cruise ship business. If you run a crappy cruise ship business, the paying customers will put you out of business in no time. Not the governments business.
It´s a machine,you idiot, and a very complex machine. People who take boat rides are putting themselves at the mercy of these mechanical behemoths. They should expect them to break down and to break down a lot. It´s a wonder that any of them get back to port on schedule. Navy ships and merchant ships are a whole different category. Not near the complexity.
So when is he going to demand a "Fed-run airport Bill of Rights". TSA "workers" steal our stuff, feel up our daughters with impunity-because their union contract makes them not subject to dismissal. It´s OK though. They give money to Schumer´s party.
The cruise ship companies are there to make money, and thus do everything that they can to keep their ships from breaking down and disrupting their cruise schedule which causes when to loose money.
But because cruise ships are complex electronic and mechanical operations they sometimes do break down. When that has happened in the past, it appears that the cruise ship companies have refunded the price of the cruise to the passengers and have offered discounts on a future cruise.
So why does the government have to create a special bill of rights that would interfere with a lawful commercial contract between passengers and cruise ship companies?
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