— May 22, 2012 — WASHINGTON D.C. – In honor of National Maritime Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is proud to recognize the efforts of the civilians serving in the United States Merchant Marines, who play an integral role in the transportation of passengers, goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States.
“The Cruise Line Industry recognizes the invaluable contributions of the thousands of men and women who dedicate themselves to ensuring that maritime travel and transport continues to operate under the highest standards,” said CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy. “Safety is the cruise industry’s number one priority, and today we say ‘thank you’ to the American Merchant Marines for their continued commitment to making cruising one of the safest forms of recreation and travel.”
In 1933, Congress decreed May 22 as National Maritime Day and since then, May 22 has been the official date set aside each year to honor the men and women who serve, and have served, as merchant mariners. National Maritime Day acknowledges the economic benefits created through the promotion and protection of transportation and commerce on ships, ports and shipyards.