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German Supreme Court decides on copyright in cruise line logo

AIDA cruise ships are characterized by a distinctive logo consisting of a blue wave, an eye and a pair of red lips on the bow.The artist who created the logo has confered the exclusive right of use to the cruise company. The defendant who offers shore leave trips in Egypt published a photo on his website which showed an AIDA cruise ship with its typical logo. AIDA filed a cease and desist claim based on its exclusive right of use of the logo as well as a claim for damages. The claim was dismissed in all court instances.

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German Supreme Court: mandatory tips on cruise ships have to be included in final the price of the arrangement

The defendants , a cruise operator and its German representative, had advertised cruises in a German railway journal. The indicated price "from EUR 799 per person" had a footnote which said that in addition, cruise passengers at the end of the cruise are committed to pay a tip of EUR 7 per person for each night spent onboard the cruise ship without complaint.

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USA: new DOT web page on Passenger Cruise Ship Information

To assist cruise ship passengers, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set up a web page sharing information and resources provided by other Federal agencies. The information covers "Consumer Assistance", "Vessel Safety", "Cruise Line Incident Reporting Statistics" and "Criminal Activity Prevention and Response Guide (Security Guide)". The new web page is available at http://www.dot.gov/mission/safety/passenger-cruise-ship-information.

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Norway: heavy cruise lines to be banned from visiting Svalbard archipelago

Norway is about to implement a heavy fuel oil ban on parts of the Svalbard archipelago in 2015. Such ban would prohibit larger cruise vessels from entering the waters near the archipelago's national parks. Future visits to the area therefore will consist mainly of smaller expedition vessels. The ban is similar to that which came into effect in Antractica in 2011, forcing several cruise lines to cancel itineraries there.

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USA: Cruise industry adopts passenger bill of rights

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members.

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German Supreme Court: consumer entitled to cancel cruise to the Caribbean because of ash cloud preventing him to fly

The plainitff had booked a cruise to the Caribbean and a flight ticket with defendant who acted as agent on behalf of the organiser and the airline. The flight was not part of the cruise package but booked separately. The cruise was scheduled to depart from Ft Lauderdale on 19 April, 2010. However, the closure of the European airspace due to the 'ash cloud crisis' prevented the planitff to fly to Florida. He therefore cancelled the cruise. The organiser charged a cancellation fee of 90 % which the agent paid.

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Florida: Costa Concordia lawsuit dismissed

A lawsuit against Carnival Corp. stemming from the Costa Concordia accident was dismissed Sept. 28 in Florida. The judge stated it should be refiled in Italy. About 1,000 businesses on the island of Giglio, where the Costa ship capsized, moved to sue Carnival in Miami, where it is headquartered, instead of Italy, where Costa is based.

Source: Travel Pulse; find article here>>.

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USA: cruise ship forum-selection clause upheld

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed dismissal of an action brought by the estate of a passenger against the operator of a cruise ship on which the passenger died after contracting a bacterial infection. The dismissal was made on the basis of the forum-selection clause in the passage contract, which provided that all personal injury claims were to be litigated in the courts of England and Wales and be governed by English law.

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USA: court decides on passenger complaint against cruise ship operator

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that a complaint filed by passengers against a cruise ship operator that alleges specific facts that, if proven, would sustain a finding of negligence is sufficient to withstand a motion for dismissal. In the instant case, plaintiffs alleged that an employee of the cruise ship operator encouraged them to go on a specific excursion during an island port call. They went on the excursion which included transportation on an open-air bus. The bus encountered the funeral service for a member of a local crime gang.

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