Cruise Industry Adopts Passenger Bill of Rights
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that its Board of Directors approved the adoption of a Cruise Industry Passenger Bill of Rights detailing CLIA members' commitment to the safety, comfort and care of guests in a number of important areas. The CEOs of CLIA North American member cruise lines are each immediately verifying in writing that they have adopted the Passenger Bill of Rights, which is a condition of membership in the Association. CLIA also will submit the Passenger Bill of Rights to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), requesting formal global recognition and applicability under the IMO's authority over the international maritime industry. The Passenger Bill of Rights will be effective immediately for U.S.
Ostebo Chosen to Head CLIA
Thomas P. Ostebo will join Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, effective July 6, 2015. Selected by CLIA’s global executive committee following the departure of Christine Duffy on January 31, 2015, former CLIA president and CEO, Ostebo will oversee CLIA domestic and international operations, working directly with CLIA’s senior leadership team. Ostebo brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to his new role, joining CLIA from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he served as Rear Admiral.
Larsen Named Director at CLIA
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced the establishment of a Global Ports Committee as well as new regional committees in the Americas, Australasia and Asia in addition to the regional committee already operating in Europe. CLIA is now focusing more on engaging directly with port communities around the world both on operational and strategic issues. Port partners will now have increased opportunities to engage with CLIA member lines through this newly established Committee structure.
Congressional Cruise Caucus Brings Cruise Industry to Capitol Hill
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) gathered together its cruise community, including cruise line executives, travel agency leaders and key suppliers and partners, for CLIA’s annual Congressional Cruise Caucus where they will engage with Washington, D.C.’s legislative and political leaders. CLIA said one of its primary goals is to educate policy makers and advocate for sensible legal and regulatory frameworks that facilitate continued growth opportunities for the entire cruise industry. CLIA engages with policymakers year-round, and Congressional Cruise Caucus is an important component of those advocacy efforts. CLIA members will use this opportunity to educate lawmakers on cruising’s place in the broader travel community…
CLIA Predicts Cruise Passenger Increase in 2015
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) released its annual State of the Cruise Industry Report today and is once again projecting industry growth in 2015. A record 23 million passengers are expected to sail this year, with 61 percent of North American CLIA-certified travel agents reporting an increase in 2015 travel bookings over this time last year. CLIA also revealed that member cruise lines are scheduled to debut 22 new ocean, river and specialty ships in 2015, representing a total investment of more than $4B.
Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts
In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines to preserve and protect the environment. “CLIA member cruise lines continue to invest in systems and technologies that improve overall environmental performance,” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA. “The industry takes its responsibility as caretakers of the environment seriously. Working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO)…
CLIA Joins World Ocean Council
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has partnered with the World Ocean Council (WOC), an international business leadership alliance dedicated to Corporate Ocean Responsibility. For years, cruise lines have implemented policies and procedures to reduce the industry’s environmental impact. While CLIA members’ approximately 300 oceangoing cruise ships, expected to transport 24 million travelers this year, comprise far less than 1 percent of the global merchant fleet’s 50,000 oceangoing ships, they are at the forefront of developing responsible environmental practices and innovative technologies that lead the world’s shipping sector. Many cruise lines not only meet, but exceed environmental regulatory requirements in a number of areas.
CLIA Welcome 'Whodunit' Proposals
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commend the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee's proposals for on-board crime procedures. The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Legal Committee recently adopted a proposal which CLIA co-sponsored on international standards for crime reporting, cooperation between governments, evidence preservation and care for victims. CLIA first offered the proposal to the IMO in 2011, marking the continuation of the Association's efforts to have such standards adopted globally. In addition to CLIA, other co-sponsors were the United Kingdom, the International Federation of Shipmaster's Associations, and the International Association of Airport and Seaport Police. The proposal was also supported by the United States.
CLIA Appoints Kim Hall Operational & Security Director
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) says that Hall brings maritime and piracy analytic experience to the association. For the past three and a half years, Hall was Senior Analyst with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI), supporting DHS S&T, USCG Headquarters, USCG Atlantic Area, and the National Strike Force Coordination Center. CLIA adds that Hall specializes in maritime security. Prior to HSSAI, she was a research analyst in the Center for Naval Analyses' (CNA) Strategic Initiatives Group focusing on threats and issues pertaining to the global commons.
CLIA Announces New Director
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Charlotte Breide has joined the association as Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Environmental and Health as of October 1. Breide is an international and multilingual attorney with extensive expertise in maritime, energy and environmental law. Within CLIA’s technical and regulatory team she will focus on environmental and health issues. Most recently, Charlotte provided legal counsel on international energy and maritime issues to the management group of a Fortune 500 international energy company, dealing with rights of vessel transit, pipeline access and transportation, regulatory and environmental issues and dispute resolution.
CLIA Supports Transparency of Marine Casualty Data
Washington - Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is recommending enhancements to regulations about the reporting of casualties at sea, as part of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, launched by CLIA and its member lines immediately following the Concordia incident. Specifically, CLIA is recommending that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) expressly and more clearly require flag states to report all “very serious marine casualties.” Very serious marine casualties are defined by the IMO and include any marine casualty resulting in a passenger or crewmember fatality, the complete loss of a ship, or serious damage to the marine environment.
CLIA Names Muskat Trade Relations Committee Chairman
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that Ken Muskat, executive vice president of sales, public relations, and guest services for MSC Cruises USA, has been named chairman of the CLIA Trade Relations Committee. In this role, Muskat will lead a committee of his peers and work in partnership with CLIA Vice President of Membership Charles Sylvia to provide counsel on CLIA’s travel agency and agent relations, training, professional development programs, partnerships, research and membership initiatives.
Duffy Named President of Carnival Cruise Line
Christine Duffy has been named president of Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corporation & plc. announced today. Duffy, currently president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will assume the new role on February 1, reporting to Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc. Duffy has more than 30 years of experience in the travel industry and started her career as a travel agent in Philadelphia at McGettigan Partners. As CEO cruise industry trade association CLIA…
CLIA to Outline Cruise Ship Safety at SMC 2016
The global cruise industry has committed to spending more than $30 billion in designing the most creative and exceptional passenger ships ever envisioned, featuring the most advanced and comprehensive safety systems ever deployed in cruising history. CLIA’s Robert Griffiths, director of technical and regulatory affairs, design and engineering, will discuss the process of weaving safety into every aspect of the cruising experience, from innovative ship design, to operational procedures, to crew training, at the SNAME Maritime Convention 2016 in Bellevue, Washington.
CLIA Commemorates 'World Maritime Day', Gifts Maritime Museum
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) commemorated 'World Maritime Day' on 27, September, 2012, honors diverse maritime community. CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy said: "We applaud the IMO [International Maritime Organization] on its constant vigilance and commitment to mandating standards that keep the entire maritime industry safe. The IMO, a United Nations agency, regulates safety, security, and environmental issues for the entire shipping industry, including cruise ships. This year's World Maritime Day theme focuses on the evolution of maritime safety since thefirst International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.
Cummings Works to Improve Safety on Cruise Ships
During a House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing regarding cruise ship safety practices and procedures, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), Chairman of the Subcommittee, called on the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) to work directly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to train personnel in the handling of crimes committed on cruise ships. “When people take a cruise, they are expecting an experience that will be a highlight of their lives,” Congressman Cummings said. Following a related hearing in March that examined the handling of cases of sexual assault aboard cruise ships, today’s…
Top 8 Cruise Industry Trends for 2017
As part of its 2017 State of the Cruise Industry Outlook, trade association Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has forecasted the top eight cruise travel trends that will have the greatest impact on the cruise industry in the coming year. New Generation Takes to the Water – A recent study found that younger generations—including Millennials and Generation X — will embrace cruise travel more than ever before, rating it as better than land-based vacations, all-inclusive resorts, tours, vacation house rentals or camping.
CLIA, ECSA Welcomes European Directive on Port Reception Facilities
The Cruise Lines International Association Europe (CLIA Europe) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) welcome the revision of the European directive on port reception facilities for ship-generated waste and cargo residues. Whereas the directive has produced positive effects since its entry into force, there are however a number of shortcomings that need to be addressed. The evaluation of the Port Reception Facilities Directive is therefore essential. In the recently concluded public consultation launched by the European Commission…
Record Number of Cruise Ships Sailing Down in NZ
New Zealand is set to welcome a record number of cruise ships this summer, including an unprecedented six ships making their inaugural visits to the country. 28 ships from its members' fleets would cruise to New Zealand over the coming months - an increase of more than 25 per cent on last year's summer season, said Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. According to CLIA Australasia Commercial Director Brett Jardine, the visiting flotilla will make more than 600 calls to New Zealand ports between October 1…
CLIA CEO Testifies On Cruise Safety
Christine Duffy, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), will testify today on behalf of the cruise industry before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The hearing, titled “A Review of Cruise Ship Safety and Lessons Learned from the Costa Concordia Accident,” will review the Concordia incident and explore the safety and security practices of the cruise ship industry. The Concordia accident occurred on January 13. Immediately following the grounding of the Concordia, CLIA member cruise lines launched a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review – a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety.
German Cruise Market Looks Top Slot
The ocean cruise market in Germany continues to be one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors. Going by current trends, Germany could rival the UK’s position as the second largest ocean cruise market. Clia Germany revealed at ITB Berlin that 1.77 million German passengers took an ocean cruise in 2014 – a notable rise compared with the 1.7 million that cruised from the UK in 2013. Clia UK and Ireland said the UK’s 2014 figures would be announced next week, at the Cruise Shipping Miami exhibition and conference.
Experts Named to Evaluate Recommendations of Cruise Industry Safety Review
Washington, D.C. —The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that it has appointed a panel of maritime and safety experts to provide an impartial assessment of the recommendations developed by the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review, launched in January, 2012. This Panel of Experts will evaluate suggested policy improvements as part of continuous efforts to review and improve safety measures by developing comprehensive best practices for industry-wide implementation and. ultimately, formal submission to the International Maritime Organization, as appropriate. “Our number one priority is the safety of passengers and crew,” said Christine Duffy, President and CEO of CLIA.
U.S. Economy Gained $42 Billion from Cruise Industry in 2012, Study Finds
The North American cruise industry continued to be a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy in 2012 according to an independent study commissioned by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). The study shows that CLIA’s 26 North American member lines and their passengers and crew contributed over $42 billion in total U.S. economic impact, a 4.6 percent increase from 2011. In addition, the cruise industry generated 356,311 jobs, paying a record $17.4 billion in wages to American workers.