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Senator Charles Schumer seeks rights on cruises

NEW YORK — Senator Charles Schumer of New York is calling on the cruise ship industry to adopt a ‘‘bill of rights’’ to guarantee passengers certain protections while aboard their ships.

The Democrat said on Sunday he’ll ask industry leaders to voluntarily adopt the guidelines including guarantees that ships have sanitary conditions, back-up power, and medical staff.

Schumer’s plan would also include the right to a full refund if a trip is abruptly canceled due to mechanical problems.

In the past two months at least three ships carrying US passengers experienced problems, including power failures.

The senator is also calling on the secretary of state to negotiate with countries that host cruise ships to adopt the bill of rights.