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July 23, 2007 By: Travel Agent Central Contributor Travel Agent

On behalf of the 24 cruise lines and 16,500 travel agency
members of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), I would like to
express my disappointment in your choice of caption for the story in the July 9
issue, "String of Cruise Accidents Refocuses Attention on Industry."
The caption "Passengers should be wary of falling overboard" is not
only a grossly inaccurate and irresponsible statement, but a disservice to your

Anyone who has been on a cruise ship and has seen the height
of the railing understands that one doesn't just fall over the railing. As set
by regulations, cruise ship railings measure 39.5 inches (or one meter) high.
In the recent cases of overboards, one was foolish and the other tragic. The
cruise lines and the industry are examining to see what additional measures can
and should be taken to keep passengers safe. We also encourage cruise
passengers to pack their common sense with them when on vacation!

While these incidents are rare and receive a lot of
publicity, one of the reasons cruising is one of the most popular vacation
options is in large part because of its excellent safety record.

Terry Dale President

Editor's Note: As
avid cruisers, we agree that the act of merely sitting on a stateroom balcony
does not present a danger of falling overboard. We appreciate Terry Dale's
"setting the record straight."

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