Don't Snooze Before You Cruise

Be prepared and know what precautions to take before your next cruise.

Every year, millions of people pack their bags to set sail on exotic cruises around the world. But what happens when a dream vacation becomes a tragic voyage? Over the last two decades, hundreds of passengers on major cruise lines have mysteriously disappeared. Navigating investigations is tricky, especially when jurisdiction is not so easily defined in international waters. There are steps you can take so you and your family can be safe on your next vacation. The International Cruise Victims Association has created the following brochure with helpful contact information. If you want to keep this checklist on hand, print it out here.


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