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New Rules in Effect for Ship Shopping Guides
Shopping guides aboard cruise ships that come to Alaska have new rules to abide by, following complaints that they were misleading passengers and smearing local stores.
JUNEAU- Shopping guides aboard cruise ships that come to Alaska have new rules to abide by, following complaints that they were misleading passengers and smearing local stores.
The state earlier this year agreed to a $200,000 settlement with the three Florida-based companies that put port lecturers on Alaska cruise ships.
The companies run shopping programs and pay cruise lines to have employees known as "port lecturers" on board the ship. Under the settlement, the companies had to start requiring that port lecturers disclose they don't work for cruise lines and are advertising.
They also were barred them from bashing stores that don't participate in the program.
Assistant State Attorney General Ed Sniffen says things aren't suddenly perfect, but generally the state is hearing things have gotten better.
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