Problems on many ships in 2013; speakers research the lines before signing your agreement

ByRick Deutsch

Problems on many ships in 2013; speakers research the lines before signing your agreement

One thing after another in 2013

One thing after another in 2013

2013 was a bad year for many cruise ships. Without mentioning names, here are a few of the incidents. As a speaker, you are free to select the line you wish to sail on. Do a bit of homework and check out their record.

1. A ship had engine problems that resulted in it floating like a log in the Gulf of Mexico.

2. An engine fire knocked out propulsion of a large ship and 4,000 passengers were stuck onboard for five days. It got pretty . . well, smelly and worse. This made headlines for canceled cruises, onboard illnesses and engine problems aboard two of its vessels.

3. A ship caught fire while en route to the Bahamas.

4. Several trips were cancelled or rerouted to fix problems.

All this resulted in many upset passengers who had saved for years to take their dream vacation.

To make things right and continue to get bookings, the industry approved a Passenger Bill of Rights. This allows that emergency power would be provided if a main generator died. Also, transportation would be provided to the port of disembarkation or the passenger’s home if a cruise is cancelled. For up to 4,000 passenger!! A hunk of money.

 
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