• December 08, 2005

    Strong 3rd Quarter Passenger Growth Extends 2005 Trend for CLIA-Member Cruise Lines

    The cruise industry’s robust passenger growth continued in the third quarter of 2005, as the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) carried 3.04 million worldwide guests, a 6 percent increase over the same period in 2004.North American passenger totals grew by 8.6 percent during the same period, to 2.55 million guests, up from 2.35 million in the third quarter of 2004. The 2005 third-quarter passenger figures are new statistics released today by CLIA, whose 19 member cruise lines represent over 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America.
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  • November 07, 2005

    Shipboard Safety Statement For Travel Agents

    The cruise industry places its highest priority on the safety and security of its passengers and crew. With more than ten million passengers cruising each year, the industry takes every measure appropriate to ensure that its passengers are safe and that they have an enjoyable vacation experience. On Nov. 5, 2005, the Seabourn Spirit was approached by two small armed boats off the coast of Somalia. Due to the highly trained security staff on board the vessel, the cruise ship was able to immediately initiate measures to safeguard the passengers and vessel.
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  • November 01, 2005

    World's Largest Cruise Night Proves to be a Resounding Success

    The World’s Largest Cruise Night (WLCN), the largest one-day travel agency initiative ever launched to promote the value and excitement of seagoing vacations, is expected to generate an estimated $9 million in cruise sales and $1.2 million in agent commissions. Held on October 19, WLCN drove unprecedented numbers of consumers to a wide array of one-day events sponsored by travel agencies across North America, including luncheons, full-scale expos, cocktail parties and even a live broadcast from a cruise ship.
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  • October 11, 2005

    Feature-Filled Spas put the "Buff" into Cruise Vacationing

    Travelers who choose to cruise don’t have to leave their workout regimens at home – cruise ships offer expansive fitness and spa options that rival, and in many cases surpass, anything vacationers can find on land. The cruise lines dedicate thousands of square feet to health, fitness and spa facilities, in some cases 20,000 feet per vessel, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry’s chief marketing organization, which counts as its members the 19 leading North American cruise lines and more than 16,700 travel agencies. Cruise-ship
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  • October 10, 2005

    Theme Cruises Offer Special-Interest Guests a World of Opportunity

    What do jazz, baseball, film and theater, health and fitness, wine and food, antiques and chocolate have in common? Each special interest or hobby can be easily combined with all the passenger-pleasing amenities of a seagoing vacation.
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  • October 07, 2005

    Explore the Globe on a World Cruise

    There is one category of vacation that, quite literally, takes in all four corners of the world – World Cruises. Global circumnavigation cruises, which depart each January, let guests touch all seven continents, visiting some of the world's greatest cities, including Athens, Cairo, London, Paris, Rio, Rome and Sydney, to name a few. “World cruises offer vacationers the ultimate in around-the-world travel on one voyage, ” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the cruise industry ' s chief marketing organization.
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  • October 06, 2005

    Making the Holidays Even Merrier - on the High Seas

    Whether one celebrates Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanza, on a holiday cruise in December, cruise ship guests of all faiths feel like they’re at home for the holidays – but with the added bonus of warm weather, blue skies and a host of exciting ports of calls. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the 150+ ships in its member-line fleets will be decorated in festive style, with twinkling Christmas trees, garland, wreaths and mistletoe. Many vessels have nightly lightings of menorahs on display as well.
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  • October 05, 2005

    CLIA Sets April 2006 Date for Second Annual Cruise3Sixty Confab

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced 2006 dates for its second annual cruise3sixty global conference event.
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  • September 09, 2005

    Cruise Lines Support Hurricane Katrina Relief

    In the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, the cruise industry is lending its aid and support through a variety of means.
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  • September 01, 2005

    Robust Demand Drives 2nd Quarter Passenger Growth for CLIA-Member Cruise Lines

    Consumer demand for seagoing vacations remained strong in the second quarter of 2005, driving robust passenger growth for the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). CLIA member cruise lines carried 2.66 million worldwide guests during the first quarter of 2005, a 2.3 percent increase over the same period in 2004. North American passengers grew by 6.2 percent in the second quarter to 2.41 million, up from 2.31 million second-quarter guests during the same period one year ago.
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  • September 01, 2005

    'World's Largest Cruise Night' on October 19 Travel Agencies Unite to Promote Cruise Vacations to Consumers

    Travelers who are thinking about taking their first or next cruise vacation will not want to miss the World's Largest Cruise Night (WLCN) on October 19. WLCN will be the centerpiece of a month-long industry awareness campaign that will provide consumers with everything they ever wanted to know about cruise vacations and show why cruising is quickly becoming the vacation choice among travelers.
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  • August 25, 2005

    Passports Required to Enter the United States

    The U.S. Government is implementing provisions to the Intelligence Reform Bill, passed in December 2004, which requires that the current Western Hemisphere passport exemptions be phased out. That means the new Passport rules for all U.S. Citizens, and other travelers coming to and leaving from the United States, will be put in place. The new rules will be phased-in as early as January 2007. Going forward, a Passport will be required for U.S. Citizens who travel by air and sea to and from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Central and South America, Canada and Mexico.
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  • August 15, 2005

    Travel Agents Offer Strong Support for CLIA’s Cruise3Sixty as Registrations Sell out for First-Time Event

    Nearly two months before its launch date, cruise3sixty, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s first-ever global cruise event for travel agents, is sold out – having met CLIA’s goal of 1,200 agent registrations. Although cruise3sixty agent registration is now filled, CLIA will maintain a waitlist in the event of cancellations. Altogether, cruise3sixty will host 1,600 travel agents, sponsors, exhibitors and media representatives at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from September 30 to October 2, 2005.
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  • August 05, 2005

    As Ships Position to New Regions Passengers can Join the Adventure

    As the seasons change, so too do the cruising waters of ships. Each fall, for example, vacationers have the chance to sail on cruises that reposition ships from one seasonal destination to another. These repositioning cruises offer travelers a one-of-a-kind travel experience – the chance to sail on voyages that are only offered once or twice a year – and to visit ports that are not ordinarily included on standard itineraries The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is comprised of the 19 leading cruise lines serving North America, with more than 150 ships.
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  • August 05, 2005

    CLIA Travel Agency Training Seminars Coming to a City Near You

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)'s Travel Agency Training Seminars are widely acknowledged as the travel industry's premiere cruise sales and product training courses, having helped tens of thousands of North American cruise sellers close more sales in less time.
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  • August 01, 2005

    High-Stepping Hot Dance Trend Takes to Sea:

    Dance is making a strong resurgence in popularity, as witnessed by the ABC-TV reality show hit “Dancing With The Stars,” recently renewed for a second season. Ballroom dancing’s popularity was also showcased in the acclaimed documentary “Mad Hot Ballroom,” which details the journey of a group of New York City fifth-graders into competitive ballroom dancing. Yet another dance-focused new show is the FOX program “So You Think You Can Dance,” which searches for the nation’s best dancer. Vacationers who want to continue their high-stepping dance moves at sea are in luck.
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  • July 14, 2005

    Changing Leaves Lure Legions to Fall Foliage Cruises

    Autumn. It’s a season of vibrant colors, when the air turns crisp yet the temperature remains comfortably warm and the skies are a robin’s egg blue. Fall is a season like no other. And the best way to take it all in is aboard a cruise on one of the member line ships of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the marketing and training organization that represents the 19 leading cruise lines serving North America. Fall foliage cruises traverse picturesque landscapes that glow in brilliant hues of gold, yellow, red and orange.
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  • June 29, 2005

    Autumn. It’s a season of vibrant colors, when the air turns crisp yet the temperature remains comfortably warm and the skies are a robin’s egg blue. Fall is a season like no other. And the best way to take it all in is aboard a cruise on one of the member

    New Orleans. What typically comes to mind when thinking about the city are Mardi Gras, jazz and an abundance of fabulous Cajun cuisine. Increasingly, however, New Orleans is becoming renowned as one of the hottest cruise ports in the country according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). Port officials predict 1 million passengers to sail from New Orleans by 2006. Since the inception of CLIA in 1975 the number of North American “homeports” – cities from which cruise ships offer regular departures – has nearly tripled.
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  • June 07, 2005

    Strong Demand Fuels 1st Quarter Passenger Growth for CLIA-Memeber Cruise Lines

    Strong consumer demand for seagoing vacations drove robust passenger growth in the first three months of 2005 as the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) carried 2.63 million worldwide guests in the first quarter of 2005, an 8.9 percent increase over the same period in 2004. North American passengers grew by 12.9 percent during the quarter to 2.34 million guests, up from 2.10 million first-quarter guests one year ago.
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  • April 19, 2005

    CLIA Agents to Band Together to Create the World's Largest Cruise Night on October 19

    It will be a night like no other in the cruise industry. In one 24-hour period on October 19, 2005, hundreds upon hundreds - and possibly thousands - of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member travel agencies will participate in the World's Largest Cruise Night. This exciting program will mark the first time travel agencies across North America will join together to promote cruising through Cruise Nights, cocktail parties, luncheons and a myriad of cruise promotional events - all in a single day.
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