Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights

The Members of the Cruise Lines International Association are dedicated to the comfort and care of all guests on oceangoing cruises throughout the world. To fulfil this commitment, our Members have agreed to adopt the following set of guest rights:

  1. The right to disembark a docked ship if essential provisions such as food, water, restroom facilities and access to medical care cannot adequately be provided onboard, subject only to the Master’s concern for guest safety and security and customs and immigration requirements of the port.

  2. The right to a full refund for a trip that is cancelled due to mechanical failures, or a partial refund for voyages that are terminated early due to those failures.

  3. The right to have available on board ships operating beyond rivers or coastal waters full-time, professional emergency medical attention, as needed until shore side medical care becomes available.

  4. The right to timely information updates as to any adjustments in the itinerary of the ship in the event of a mechanical failure or emergency, as well as timely updates of the status of efforts to address mechanical failures.

  5. The right to a ship crew that is properly trained in emergency and evacuation procedures.

  6. The right to an emergency power source in the case of a main generator failure.

  7. The right to transportation to the ship’s scheduled port of disembarkation or the guest’s home city in the event a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.

  8. The right to lodging if disembarkation and an overnight stay in an unscheduled port are required when a cruise is terminated early due to mechanical failures.

  9. The right to have included on each cruise line’s website a toll-free phone line that can be used for questions or information concerning any aspect of shipboard operations. To contact P&O Cruises, please call 0800 0523840.

  10. The right to have this Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights published on each line’s website.

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