What is the Cruise Vessel Safety & Security Act?
- Crime Reporting and Investigation: The CVSSA required cruise lines to report all allegations of certain serious crimes, such as sexual assault, to the FBI. It also mandated that the U.S. Coast Guard be informed of missing U.S. nationals.
- Video Surveillance: Cruise ships were required to have video surveillance systems in certain areas to enhance security and provide evidence in case of incidents.
- Crime Statistics: The CVSSA mandated that cruise lines make statistics about reported crimes available to the public, providing passengers with more transparency about the safety record of the cruise line.
- Safety Measures: The act imposed specific safety measures, such as the installation of peepholes in passenger staterooms, the presence of security latches on cabin doors, and improved access for individuals with disabilities.
- Training and Personnel: Cruise ship personnel were required to undergo training on how to respond to and prevent crimes and to assist victims of crimes.
- Emergency Response Plans: Cruise lines were required to develop and maintain emergency response plans to address various safety and security incidents.
- Civil Penalties: The CVSSA allowed for civil penalties to be imposed on cruise lines that failed to comply with the act’s provisions.