The cruise industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries with robust, clearly defined standards. The average ship undergoes dozens of announced and unannounced safety inspections per year, involving hundreds of man-hours and the implementation of thousands of specific requirements set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other authorities.

The cruise industry has a long history of ongoing review and improvement, with Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s policies often exceeding requirements of international law. Providing for the safety of passengers and crew is, at all times, the industry’s top priority.



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 late-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.

In 2019, cruise tourism supported nearly 1.2 million jobs and contributed $155 billion to the world’s economies. On average, cruisers spend about $750 USD per passenger in port communities over the course of a typical seven-day cruise. These dollars directly benefit hundreds of thousands of small and medium businesses around the world, with cruise activity supporting jobs across a wide range of industries—from ports and ground transportation, to air lift and lodging, restaurants, travel agencies, retail, and many more.

CLIA Member Policies

CLIA is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. Dedicated to the promotion of a safe and secure cruise ship environment, CLIA Members have no higher priority than the safety of guests and crew. With the advice and consent of its membership, CLIA advances policies intended to enhance shipboard safety, security, and environmental stewardship, in some cases calling for best practices in excess of existing legal requirements. Annually, the chief executive of every CLIA oceangoing Cruise Line Member specifically verifies his or her line's implementation of every CLIA policy.

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