Originally published on The Daily Journal
More than 10 million Americans will set sail on a cruise vacation in 2016 without knowing that U.S.-based travel companies that operate abroad often prioritize profits over passenger care, scrapping basic safety for expediency’s sake.
My family learned that recently under tragic circumstances. My parents— Larry and Christy Hammer— were killed aboard the Amazon River boat La Estrella Amazonica when their cabin caught fire through no fault of their own.
Nowhere in their promotional materials did International Expeditions — the U.S.-based travel company that proudly took credit for "designing and building" the boat — mention the absence of basic safety measures like in-room fire alarms and safety-rated power strips or the boat's poorly trained crew. To add insult to significant emotional injury, International Expeditions stonewalls us every step along the way as we search for answers.
Before you book your next cruise, do your research to make sure the company you’re traveling with takes your safety seriously.
International Cruise Victims Association