Sen. Rockefeller keeps heat on cruise lines

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has sent letters to the three largest cruise companies (Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings) requesting information about their passenger safety, security and health practices.

His letters follow a series of oversight letters he sent in February 2012. Rockefeller is chairman of the Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee.

“The cruise industry enjoys many advantages operating out of the United States, but the advantages to American consumers and taxpayers are less clear,” Rockefeller said. “Recent cruise ship incidents underscore the need for a strong commitment to passenger safety and security from the entire cruise industry, not just those that wind up on the news most frequently.

“The responses from the cruise line companies will help Congress make sure the rules governing the cruise industry provide passengers with the safe and comfortable traveling experiences they expect and deserve, instead of giving the companies a free pass at taxpayer expense.”
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