Group calls for reforms in cruise ship industry

As towns continue to debate the merits of cruise tourism, Maine activists are joining a global group looking to reform the cruise ship industry.

The Global Cruise Activist Network launched in September. It was started by two women, one from Alaska and one, Ruth Woodbury Starr, from Maine, who manages a hotel in Rockland, according to its website.

At a virtual news conference on Wednesday, members of the group unveiled 13 broad principles they would like the industry to follow, including a commitment for cruise companies to refrain from interfering in local policy decisions, to stop contributing to climate change, to do a better job at protecting passengers from crime and to improve working conditions for employees.

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