By Michael P. Ehline, Esq. – The International Cruise Victims Association, developments that will be happening in the New Year include:
- During the coming session of Congress, there will be legislation introduced. This will further improve the provisions of CVSSA. Information about this additional legislation will be released over the coming months.
- European Victim Support—the associate member of the International Cruise Victim Association (ICV), is a European umbrella network for national victim support organizations. And it consists of 32 national member organizations, with ICV being the only United States-based member.
- The Australian Chapter headed by Mark Brimble, together with the Australian Government, are beginning to hold hearings. And these will pertain to the need for legislation that needs to be in place. It is akin to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act. The hearings that will be held in Brisbane, Australia February 1st. They are a result of a report issued in November of 2010, which recommended the Australian Government progress with the hearings. During the hearings, the Australian Chapter Chairman Kendall Carver and Chapter Head Mark Brimble will be testifying at the hearings.
- There was a tremendous amount of progress made by the ICV over the past year. It addressed the problems of crimes and accountability on cruise ships.
- The ICV continues to be covered by the major media outlets, which can be viewed on the International Cruise Victim Association home page and under ICV news. This is where the media articles and television show information will be found. Some place worldwide every few days there is a news story featuring the ICV and the members of the association.
- One of the issues that the ICV condemns Carnival Cruise Lines for, is their initiative to promote a limit on drinks that is not much of a limit at all. After all, they say will reduce the likelihood of crimes occurring to people that are inebriated. ICV thinks “limit” of 15 drinks is absurd. It is too much (probably even for an elephant), along with the fact that there is no police protection for passengers and families. Passenger safety at sea is determined by where the ship remains flagged.
Carnival Cruise Lines has initiated a daily drink cap or alcohol package. So passengers can pay for all the beverages on a cruise ship in one single payment. According to a Carnival spokesperson, this package is on 13 drinks Carnival ships. And this was recently formalized to limit how many alcoholic drinks to 15 within a 24-hour period, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. the following day.