Cruise Industry COVID-19 Protocols and Information

Cruise Operations Are Responsibly Resuming Around the World

More than 30 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 80 percent of global capacity to be back in operation by the end of 2021.

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 mid-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.

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