Cruise firms adopt bill of rights to guarantee safety

A passenger bill of rights which guarantees the "safety of comfort and care" of guests has been pledged by the cruise industry.

The bill promises full refunds for trips that are cancelled due to mechanical failure, and a back-up power source on every ship to keep emergency systems running if main power systems fail.

A general view of the headquarters of Carnival UK in Southampton Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

The announcement by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 25 major companies including Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Holland America and Cunard, comes in the aftermath of the Carnival Triumph debacle.

Earlier this year, the ship drifted for several days without power as passengers endured filthy conditions.