Yesterday evening, the International Cruise Victims (ICV) organization hosted a reception in Washington D.C. to celebrate the passing of the Cruise Vessel Safety and Security Act.

The reception was held in the Capital building and was well attended by Congressional leaders and their staff, members of the ICV, members of victim and rape crisis non-profit organizations, and the press. 

The highlight of the reception included the appearance of Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D – CA) who introduced the new cruise safety bill in the House of Representatives after her constituent, Laurie Dishman, was a victim of a violent crime on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.  Congressman Ted Poe (R – TX) also attended and spoke at the reception.     

ICV President Ken Carver spoke to the group and chronicled the formation of the ICV and the struggle against the cruise industry over the past  five years to get the cruise safety law passed. 

Consider reading Congressional All Stars Pass Cruise Crime Law By Vote of 416 to 4 to learn more about the efforts to pass the new cruise law. 

Congratulations to Congress and the ICV members for their dedication and hard work!

Enjoy the photographs of the reception below:


  Congresswoman Doris Matsuit - David Fitzpatrick - Ken Carver

Above: Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA – D), CNN’s David Fitzpatrick, and ICV President Ken Carver.

Below: Ken Carver with former New York Times and LA Times Editor Douglas Franz.


Ken Carver - Douglas Franz

Below: Ken Carver and ICV members and supporters.


Ken Carver - Laurie Dishman - International Cruise Victims

  • David Warren

    The teeth in this new law are weak at best.

    Civil penalties can’t exceed $50,000 for a continuing violation (Sec. 3507(h)(1)(A)). That’s nothing to the cruise lines and they can easily fire & replace anyone who causes them to be penalized. And if they forced the individual employee to pay the fine themselves, we’d never see any money.

    Criminal penalties are a maximum of $250,000 and/or 1 year in prison (Sec. 3507(h)(1)(B)). But even assuming we can exert jurisdiction over an employee of these ships, will the cruise lines simply turn them over to us willy-nilly for prosecution?

    We can also deny entry to any ship that commits a violation or refuses to pay a penalty imposed (Sec. 3507(h)(2)). But I seriously doubt we’re going to turn away these floating cities at the risk of alienating the cruise industry and disrupting the travel plans of countless passengers just because someone didn’t update a log book, make a phone call or file a written report (Sec. 3507(g)).

    No, these are slaps on the wrist at best; no real incentive for them to comply or worry about what might happen if they don’t.