Pushing for a Bill of Rights for cruise passengers

Posted at 12:58 PM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 12:58:55-04

Unsatisfied passengers, as well as Senator Charles Schumer, are pushing for a ‘bill of rights’ for cruise vacationers.  This comes in wake of several troubled cruise voyages.  

For the passengers onboard the Carnival Legend, the most recent cruise ship to experience problems at sea, their vacations were not too inconvenienced, but they did not get what they paid for when the ship had to cancel a scheduled stop to Grand Cayman.  However, those cruise goers are faring much better than those of the Carnival Dream.  That particular ship lost power causing some toilets to stop working temporarily, and for a while no one was allowed to depart from the ship docked at Philipsburg, St. Maarten.     

However, the worst experience goes to the passengers on the Carnival Triumph last month.  Their 4-day trip turned into an eight day nightmare when passengers were stranded on the vessel with limited food supplies, toilets overflowing, no air conditioning in the sweltering heat.

Travel specialist Maggie Stein from In the Know Experiences offered up this advice:  read the fine print on your booking confirmation, plan trips with cruise lines with outstanding referrals, book with a travel agent, pay the extra fee for travel insurance.