Fact Finding 30 - Federal Maritime Commission
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Fact Finding 30

Commissioner Louis E. Sola will lead a fact finding investigation and work with key industry stakeholders to identify commercial measures passenger cruise lines can adopt to mitigate COVID-19 related impacts to this sector of the maritime industry. In the course of his investigation, Commissioner Sola will:

  • Engage cruise industry stakeholders to identify commercial solutions to COVID-19 related issues interfering with the operations of the industry.
  • Interact with any or all maritime related COVID-19 task forces in order to gather information and data related to the impact of COVID-19 on the cruise industry.
  • Establish at least one team of leaders from the cruise industry, as well as other stakeholders, to develop commercial solutions to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide information to Commissioner Sola please write to ff30@fmc.gov

Questions Concerning Cruise Problems or Ticket Refunds?

If you would like assistance with a cruise problem please contact: complaints@fmc.gov

Fact Finding 30: COVID-19 Impact on Cruise Industry

Passenger Vessel Financial Responsibility Final Rule – Published 3/17/2022

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