“Seafarers Matter:” CLIA Celebrates Cruising’s Seafarers for IMO Day of the Seafarer

Jun 24, 2017

In recognition of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Day of the Seafarer on June 25 and its theme “Seafarers Matter,” Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announces its appreciation for the approximately 200,000 seafarers sailing on CLIA Member Cruise Line ships around the world.

CLIA and its Cruise Line Members know that “Seafarers Matter,” as hundreds of thousands of cruise line seafarers will make the cruise travel experience possible for the 25.8 million passengers who will cruise in 2017.

“CLIA would like to recognize the Crew on our member line ships for their dedication and commitment to the cruise industry and the maritime service,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “They are the lifeblood of our industry, working tirelessly so passengers can enjoy a safe, reliable, and sustainable cruise vacation. They not only provide enjoyable cruise travel experiences, but are indispensable to the safety and well-being of cruise passengers.” 

Cruise ship seafarers include the full range of people working on board from the captain to medical personnel to the stewards that make up passenger staterooms. They comprise a highly skilled, highly satisfied, and global workforce who sail year after year and have high job satisfaction resulting in employee retention rates up to 80%.  

Cruise lines often receive up to 100 applications for each job opening.  In addition to their salary, Crewmembers typically receive free medical care, room and board, meals, and many other benefits that are often unavailable in their home countries.

CLIA and its members work diligently to maintain the highest standards of safety and treatment for Crew. The industry strives to provide a high-quality work environment for its Crewmembers by offering ongoing training, career advancement, and the opportunity to travel the world.

Shipping is only the industry with a comprehensive framework of detailed employment regulations that is enforced on a global and uniform basis, as a result of the standards developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO). All CLIA Member Cruise Lines support strong worker protections and must comply with international regulations that ensure the safety, security, and fair treatment of Crew, as established by two United Nation (UN) agencies—the IMO and the ILO—and strongly enforced by government authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard. 

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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