Where rights apply

The rights apply on board passenger vessels at sea and inland waters when

  • boarding the vessel in an EU country,
  • boarding the vessel outside of EU and exiting the vessel in a harbour within the EU and the operator company is from within the EU.

Some of the rights do not apply on cruises that include over 2 nights on board the ship. In these instances you can refer to the terms and conditions of the trip.

The rights do not apply on vessels

  • that have a maximum capacity of 12 passengers,
  • that have less than 3 crewmen on board or are travelling less than 500 m in one direction
  • that are on excursions or tours or are not powered by engines, such as historical vessels

The rights are based on EU regulation 1177/2010 concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterway.