Cruise Industry Honors Earth Day by Reaffirming its Commitment to the Environment

Apr 22, 2016

In recognition of this year’s Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today reaffirms its commitment and efforts toward environmental stewardship. The cruise industry takes seriously its great responsibility to preserve and protect the environment, which is fundamental to the industry and essential to providing enjoyable travel experiences for the 24 million passengers who will cruise this year.

“While today we celebrate Earth Day, the cruise industry works every day to preserve the earth’s oceans and the destinations we visit,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Cruise ships today are the most environmentally friendly in history, and CLIA members take great pride in their efforts to continually improve environmental practices and performance, often exceeding international regulations.”

CLIA Member Cruise Lines are constantly innovating, investing $1 billion in new environmental technologies, including advanced wastewater treatment systems, exhaust gas cleaning systems, efficient lighting, solar panels, and building the world’s first LNG-fueled cruise ships. In addition to investment and innovation, CLIA members collaborate on environmental policy with regulators such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and share best practices with other sectors of the maritime community to achieve the greatest positive impact globally.

Recently, CLIA also partnered with environmental organizations including the World Ocean Council and United for Wildlife in working toward conservation efforts.

Next week, the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) will award CLIA with the 2015 Maritime Award of the Americas in the Environmental Waste Management in Cruise Lines category.  The award will be presented to CLIA during the OAS Hemispheric Seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility and Gender Equality in the Port Sector, on April 29, 2016, in Panama City, Panama.

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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