November 3, 2000
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) -- the industry’s lobbying and regulations arm -- has just announced that its 16 member cruise companies have agreed to install smoke alarms on their fleets. The new detectors -- which are in addition to those already existing as a requirement of SOLAS (Safety of Life at Seas) means that individual passenger and crew cabins will now all have individual smoke alarms.
The timeline requirement for this mass installation, rather vaguely stated by ICCL, is “as soon as it is operationally feasible.” The additional fire protection effort will supplement that which already exists.
ICCL member cruise lines include most of the industry’s majors, such as Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Commodore Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line Limited, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Orient Lines, Princess Cruises, Regal Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Royal Olympic Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises