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Cruise Safety Measure Signed Into Law

By Linda Tancs

Thanks to a new U.S. law recently given effect, cruise travel will get even safer for its vast constituency.  The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act imposes new requirements regarding onboard video surveillance, medical personnel qualifications, railing heights and peepholes in cabin doors.  In particular, the law requires 42-inch railings (already a staple on many lines) and mandates that medical personnel meet American College of Emergency Physicians guidelines.  Peepholes are required on cabin doors for passengers and crew as well as key and lock systems to further bolster security.  In addition to the safety measures, the act demands that carriers provide more transparency in the reporting of cruise ship crime by maintaining crime logs, a move no doubt welcomed by the International Cruise Victims Association.

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