CLIA says safety first, extends suspension of cruise operations
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced on Sunday that its members have agreed to extend the suspension of cruise operations from US ports until September 15.
The Association said in a statement it has been working with governments, leading health authorities and its partners across the wider cruise community to coordinate efforts while services were at a standstill.
The CLIA further stated that the health and safety of the entire community which includes all stakeholders continue to be the number one priority.
“The fact remains that the vast majority of more than 270 cruise ships within the CLIA member fleet were not affected by this virus. This is due, in large part, to the aggressive measures adopted by CLIA oceangoing cruise lines in response to COVID-19 based on prevailing guidance from global health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Those measures include rigorous screening protocols, enhanced sanitation measures and the availability of onboard medical care and treatment 24/7.”
CLIA said the virus can affect any setting where people come together to socialise and enjoy shared experiences and for this reason, the unprecedented decision was taken to voluntarily stop worldwide operations back in March.
The Cruise Association said the suspension of operations will have a pronounced detrimental effect on the global economy.
“The cruise industry generates more than $150 billion per year in global economic activity and supports over 1.17 million jobs worldwide. Cruising touches almost every sector, from transportation and agriculture to hospitality and tourism, manufacturing and beyond. When the time is right for cruise ships to once again set sail, our community will be an important part of the global economic and societal recovery.”
The CLIA said they will capitalise on the downtime by exploring new ways to increase its efforts to protect the health and safety of passengers, crew, and the public to support recovery goals for tourism and business sector partners.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world's largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe and Asia.