The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released the following statement in response to today’s Senate Commerce Committee mark up on the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-MA):

“The Cruise Lines International Association remains committed to our continued work with Congress to enhance the safety and security of cruise vacations for our guests. The cruise industry has reported allegations of serious crimes to federal law enforcement agencies for many years and will continue our longstanding efforts to work with law enforcement both here and elsewhere around the world. Under the proposed legislation, the procedures for reporting allegations of crimes will be clarified and further codified, goals the cruise industry fully supports.

“Reporting of alleged crimes is just one part of the cruise industry’s very comprehensive policies and procedures that ensure passengers are safe and secure while enjoying a cruise vacation. In fact, millions of passengers each year enjoy a safe cruise vacation, and while serious incidents are rare, even one incident is one too many. As an industry, we are fully committed to the safety and security of our passengers and crew. This is CLIA’s Number One priority.”