A local news station in Phoenix, Arizona, ABC-15 (KNXV), is reporting on the latest efforts by Kendall Carver to protect families who cruise in international waters.
In a video interview entitled "Valley Man Pushes for New Laws after Daughter Vanishes," Mr. Carver explains that his 40-year-old vanished on the second day of a seven-day Alaskan cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises' Mercury cruise ship back in 2004. The cruise ship covered the incident up and then lied to Mr. Carver.
ABC-15 reports that for more than a year, Mr. Carver says the cruise line "provided little information. He hired private detectives, lawyers and spent quite a bit of money searching for any indication as to what happened. Eventually, he said they found an employee on the boat who had some information."
"We deposed the steward to find out that he had reported our daughter missing daily for five days on that ship and his supervisor told him to forget it and do his job," said Carver. "They had not notified the FBI, they had not notified anybody, in fact, they gathered her belongings and got rid of them."
Carver says what many people may not know is that the cruise ship industry doesn't even have to report crimes ranging from theft to a disappearance.
"You can get the crime report for any city in the country, by zip code, by name, but you can't get that for cruise ships," Mr. Carver told ABC-15.
To push for new laws and help victims of cruise ship crimes, Carver formed the organization - International Cruise Victims (ICV). He has been working on this cause everyday for the past five years.
"We have hundreds of volunteers, with next to no money and as of this week we are now in 20 countries around the world," said Carver. "It's one of those things as a father I couldn't walk away from, I still want answers and people need to know what's going on."
As a result of the ICV's efforts, a cruise law - called the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act of 2009 - passed the House of Representatives last year. The bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate this year.
"This would make it mandatory that they immediately advise the FBI," said Carver. "They (travelers) don't realize when they get onto these ships they're going into a foreign country."
To learn more, read about the story of Merrian Carver on the ICV website. Please consider joining the ICV and making a small donation to keep the grass root organization operating.
The ABC-15 video with Mr. Carver is below:
For additional information about Ken's fight to protect the cruising public, consider reading:
Photograph of Mirrian Carver Ken Carver
Video ABC-15 (KNXV) Phoenix, AZ (Christopher Sign reporting)