Cruise Operations Are Responsibly Resuming Around the World

More than 80 countries have reopened to cruise tourism following the industry’s voluntary suspension of operations due to COVID-19, and additional markets are set to reopen in the coming months. With science-backed protocols at the helm, CLIA and our ocean-going cruise line members continue to work closely with governments around the world to facilitate a smooth resumption of operations—helping to put people back to work and serving as a model of responsible travel.



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CLIA ocean-going cruise line members are sailing today with some of the highest levels of COVID-19 mitigation of any industry.

Cruise industry protocols are unique in their approach to effectively monitor, detect and respond to potential cases of COVID-19. The relatively rare instances of COVID-19 that have occurred since operations resumed have been addressed swiftly based upon pre-arranged response plans onboard every CLIA ocean-going member cruise ship.

The cruise industry is leading the way with stringent health and safety measures.

Cruise industry COVID-19 protocols incorporate testing, vaccination, screening, sanitation, enhanced ventilation, mask-wearing, physical distancing, and other proven public health measures that are facilitating a responsible return to sailing.

CLIA projects nearly 95 percent of global capacity to be back in operation by mid 2022.

The resumption of cruise tourism around the world is putting ships back in the water and, as a result, helping to contribute to the global economic recovery from the pandemic. CLIA projects that the industry will reactivate 100% of global capacity by the end of 2022.

Cruisers love to cruise and are eager to return to the seas.

Demand for cruising remains strong, with 82 percent of cruisers saying that they plan to cruise again soon—exceeding pre-pandemic levels. In addition, 62 percent of non-cruisers say they are open to cruising, an increase of 9 percent since June 2020. These numbers reflect growing confidence amongst international travelers as cruising is increasingly seen as one of the safest holiday choices thanks to robust protocols and an unwavering commitment to public health.

The resumption of cruise tourism is putting people back to work and contributing to the global economic recovery from the pandemic.

Pre-Covid, Australia had the highest market penetration for cruise, and cruise tourism supported nearly 25,000 jobs across the region and contributed more than A$5 billion to the region’s economies. Cruisers' spending in port communities directly benefit thousands of small and medium businesses, with cruise supporting a supply chain that spans a wide range of industries—from ports to taxis and other ground transportation, air and accommodation,  restaurants and cafes, tour operators, entertainers, travel agencies, retail, and many more.



Here are some resources to help you through this challenging time.

Government Resources - Australia

Government Resources - New Zealand

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CLIA COVID-19 Member Policy Summary


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