The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, H.R. 1485 and S. 588, is currently being considered by Congress. This Act requires new safety equipment onboard; technology on new ships to detect passengers who fall overboard; reporting of crimes, missing individuals and sexual harassment; video monitoring to reduce crime; and training of crew members in crime scene investigation and preserving evidence.Unfortunately, this Act does little to help passengers who are injured by a cruise line���s negligence and want to pursue a remedy in court. Often, the cruise contracts that passengers sign when purchasing their tickets contain clauses that make it difficult to pursue a claim against the owner of the cruise ship. For example, many contracts require injured persons to file suit in inconvenient venues, or have strict time requirements to bring the action.
If you are injured while vacationing on a cruise, please contact an attorney immediately.