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Carnival Cruise Lines

File photo of the Carnival Victory ship. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

No Central Agency Oversees, Inspects Cruise Ships

A byzantine maze of maritime rules and regulations, fragmented oversight and a patchwork quilt of nations that do business with cruise lines make it tough for consumers to assess the health and safety record of the ship they’re about to board in what for many is the vacation of a lifetime.

02/16/2013

Technicians work near the cruise liner Costa Concordia lying aground in front of the Isola del Giglio (Giglio island) on Jan. 27, 2012 after hitting underwater rocks on Jan. 13. (credit: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Costa Concordia Passengers File $528M Lawsuit Against Carnival Cruise Lines

New plaintiffs have been added to a revised lawsuit that seeks more than half-billion dollars in damages in last month’s Italian cruise ship disaster.

02/15/2012