CLIA Celebrates Cruising’s Seafarers for IMO Day of the Seafarer

Jun 27, 2016

Leading up to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Day of the Seafarer on June 25, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) expressed appreciation for the seafarers that provide the 24.2 million passengers who will cruise this year with exceptional vacation experiences.

At any given time, approximately 200,000 seafarers are sailing on CLIA Cruise Line Members’ ships around the world. These seafarers comprise a highly skilled, highly satisfied crew that regularly goes above and beyond to provide cruise passengers with memorable vacations.  The cruise industry strives to provide a high-quality work environment for its seafarers by offering ongoing training, career advancement and the opportunity to travel the world.

“The seafarers on cruise ships are indispensable to the industry and the cruise travel experience. They represent all workers on board, from the captain to medical personnel to the stewards who make up passenger staterooms,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA president and CEO.  “Our Cruise Line Members employ a truly global workforce, and are proud to have seafarers with high job satisfaction who sail year after year, often recruiting friends and family.”

All CLIA Cruise Line Members support strong worker protections and must comply with international regulations that ensure the safety, security and fair treatment of the crew, as established by two United Nation (UN) agencies—the International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organization—and strongly enforced by government authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard.  The cruise industry fully supports the Maritime Labour Convention, also known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights,” which sets international standards addressing hours of work and rest, health and safety, and living conditions for seafarers and requires governments to ensure ships are in compliance.  Shipping is the only industry with a comprehensive framework of detailed employment regulations that is enforced on a global and uniform basis.  

Jobs in the cruise industry are highly desirable and highly sought after because they offer strong benefits and rewarding career opportunities; in addition to their salary, cruise ship seafarers typically receive free medical care, room and board, meals and many other benefits that are often unavailable in their home countries.  Cruise lines often receive up to 100 applications for each job opening, and employee retention rates in the cruise industry are upwards of 80 percent. 

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

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 23 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 or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.    

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