Cruise Lines and Consumers: Troubled Waters

Posted: 26 Sep 2000


The cruise industry represents the fastest growing segment of the leisure travel industry. This article will examine the legal obstacles faced by plaintiffs who try to litigate consumer complaints against cruise lines. First, the article will discuss the passenger contract and the enforceability of forum selection clauses and time limitation clauses under maritime law. Second, the article will address the issue of whether or not state deceptive trade practices acts are preempted by federal admiralty law. Last, the article will conclude that sound arguments may be made in favor of accommodating state consumer protection legislation in the context of general maritime law.

Suggested Citation

Burke, Debra D., Cruise Lines and Consumers: Troubled Waters. Available at SSRN:

Debra D. Burke (Contact Author)

Western Carolina University ( email )

School of Business Forsyth Hall
Cullowhee, NC 28723
United States
704-227-7401 (Phone)

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