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National Consumers League statement on introduction of Cruise Vessel Consumer Confidence Act

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November 15, 2013
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Washington, DC – The National Consumers League, America’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, today applauded Congressman John Garamendi for introducing H.R. 3475, the Cruise Vessel Consumer Confidence Act. The bill would empower the Federal Maritime Commission to protect travelers purchasing cruise vacations from deceptive practices and anticompetitive practices by cruise line operators. 

The following statement is attributable to John Breyault, National Consumers League Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud:

“Consumers often save for months or years to pay for a cruise vacation.  Cruises can create lasting memories that help consumers take a break from the daily grind and enjoy a break on the high seas. Unfortunately, consumers are all too familiar with horror stories stemming from cruise ship breakdowns, including poor sanitation, lack of food and water and poor after-incident responses from the cruise lines. Consumers deserve to know the track record of a particular ship while they are shopping for tickets.   This bill is long overdue and will do much to restore consumer confidence in the cruise industry by putting a dedicated advocate – the Federal Maritime Commission – in their corner."

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