You've got to be kidding. There has to be some protection for people that travel. You are suggesting that just let the lawyers solve it is utter non-sense. First class action doesn't work and especially in an industry that is not regulated. The U.S. could have regulations regarding every ship that enter our waters. We don't make them here, they don't travel under our regualtions. When they get in rouble they call the coast guard, whom they
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"The International Maritime Organization, which regulates shipping worldwide, has introduced new regulations for ships longer than 120 meters built since 2010. Known as "safe return to port," the guiding principle is that a ship is its own best lifeboat. So the International Maritime Organization sets out the amount of damage a ship should be able to sustain from fire or flood while remaining seaworthy, and includes requirements for auxiliary power that could support evacuation for at least three hours.
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Patchwork of regulation
Even so, regulating the cruise industry is a haphazard business. Many of the International Maritime Organization's pronouncements are in the form of guidelines and recommendations, and rely on national authorities for their enforcement. Cruise ships operating out of ports such as Galveston, Texas, and Miami carry mainly American passengers but are rarely registered in the United States. For example, many of Carnival's liners are registered in Bermuda and the Bahamas.
Another criticism leveled at the cruise lines is that they use foreign flags to avoid U.S. taxes. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, who is chairman of the Senate Commerce and Transportation Committee, said last year that cruise ships "are registered in other countries where they can get cheaper labor and they pay no taxes in this country."
Rockefeller said the cruise industry was in a "world of its own."
"They don't reimburse the Coast Guard, they don't pay taxes that will help with the 20 federal agencies that are watching over them in various ways."
Unfortunately, congress is our only hope, and they appear to be pretty non-functional.