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The Cruise Passenger Protection Act would build on the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act by strengthening crime reporting and video surveillance requirements

WASHINGTON, DC ñ Today, Representatives Ted Poe (R-TX) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), members of the Congressional Victimís Rights Caucus, introduced bipartisan legislation to increase the safety and security of cruise ship passengers.  The Cruise Passenger Protection Act (CPPA) would build on the security measures implemented by the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) by toughening the crime reporting and video surveillance requirements. 

ìIn 2010 our legislation, the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, was signed into law by President Obama.  This legislation put in place critical protections for thousands of Americans who unknowingly put themselves at risk when they go on a cruise.  This legislation was a great first step, but it was just a first step,î said Rep. Matsui.  ìThe Cruise Passenger Protection Act, which I am pleased to introduce today with my colleague Rep. Ted Poe, will continue to build upon the security and safety measures aboard our cruise ships and ensure that consumers have access to accurate information and victims are given the support and resources they deserve.î

ìThe passage of the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act in 2010 was a turning point for the safety and security of cruise passengers,î said Rep. Poe. ìThe Cruise Passenger Protection act will go even further and build upon that success by putting in place stronger requirements to protect victims of crime and hold their perpetrators accountable.î

The CPPA builds on the passenger safety measures put in place by the CVSSA which was signed into law in 2010 by clarifying and strengthening the crime reporting requirements and the video surveillance requirements.  The CPPA bolsters FBI notification requirements when an alleged incident occurs aboard a cruise ship.  The bill also ensures consumers are able to access more detailed information about crimes that occur on cruise vessels, by further breaking out the data on specific types of crimes so consumers have a better understanding of what the data means.  Finally, the CPPA strengthens video surveillance requirements in the CVSSA to ensure maximum protection for passengers and victims, while taking steps to avoidprivacy concerns.

ìThrough the substantial efforts of Reps. Matsui and Poe, historic legislation was passed in 2010 to protect passengers who become victims of crimes on cruise ships. ICV members are most pleased that this new legislation will further strengthen this law to improve crime reporting and other provisions.   The voice of ICV is being heard in Washington and we will look forward to working with Reps. Matsui and Poe as we move forward,î said Kendall Carver, President of the International Cruise Victims Association (ICV). 

Specifically, the CPPA would:

  • Ensure a cruise vessel owner notifies the FBI within four hours of an alleged incident.
  • Ensure that if an alleged incident occurs while the ves