by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – A bipartisan bill introduced in both chambers of Congress would force cruise lines to pay more to the families of passengers who die onboard, along with other new requirements, in a measure the cruise industry labels as “unjustified and unnecessary.”
The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (HR 2173) would bring to the cruise industry regulations that airlines, bus companies, and passenger train operators already have to adhere to.
The legislation would let families whose relatives die during a cruise because of negligence seek damages for “loss of care, comfort and companionship” of the victims, according to the text of the bill.
A projected 25.3 million passengers are projected to take a cruise this year, according to a State of the Industry report.