• August 17, 2006

    CLIA Launches Web Site Agency Locator for ‘World’s Largest Cruise Night’ Events

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Web site now features a search tool consumers can use to locate North American travel agencies hosting events to celebrate the World’s Largest Cruise Night (WLCN), scheduled for October 19. The new WLCN Event Locator allows users to quickly locate CLIA-member agencies registered to host local and regional WLCN events by entering their state’s two-letter abbreviation. CLIA is aiming to boost the number of travel agencies celebrating WLCN in 2006 – more than 400 produced a variety of successful WLCN events in 2005.
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  • August 10, 2006

    CLIA Opens Nominations for New Travel Agent Advisory Board Members

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is inviting member travel agency personnel – including frontline agents, owners and managers, consortia leaders and host-agency officials – to nominate candidates for CLIA’s 2007 Travel Agent Advisory Board (TAAB), said Terry L. Dale, CLIA’s president and CEO. CLIA formed the 25-member TAAB in the fall of 2004 to enhance communications between CLIA’s member agencies and its leadership, and increase agency input into CLIA’s day-to-day operations.
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  • July 24, 2006

    Heidi Olson Joins CLIA as Agent Trainer Based in Seattle

    Heidi Olson, a 30-plus year travel industry veteran, has joined the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) as a trainer. Olson will be based in Seattle and will begin presenting seminars in the near future at scheduled CLIA seminars. Prior to joining CLIA, Olson spent 28 years with CLIA-member Holland America Line (HAL). Over the last 10 years, she has held sales representative and supervisory positions covering several states, including Arkansas, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and New Jersey.
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  • July 20, 2006

    Second-Annual 'World's Largest Cruise Night' to be Held Thursday, October 19

    Building on the incredible success of the first-ever World’s Largest Cruise Night in 2005, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) fully expects its 2006 event to draw an even larger consumer turnout than the inaugural program. The World’s Largest Cruise Night (WLCN) for 2006 will be on Thursday, October 19. CLIA-member travel agencies across North America will come together to promote cruising in one 24-hour period.
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  • July 18, 2006

    Cruise Vacations Pamper Guests With a Sea of Service and Amenities

    Since the first great liners crossed the Atlantic, luxury and pampering have been the standard in ocean travel.
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  • July 05, 2006

    Cruise Ships Offer Ideal Venues for Multigenerational Family Vacations

    Today’s families are less likely to vacation as “nuclear” units. Modern family vacations might include grandparents and parents; step-parents and – children; plus cousins, aunts and uncles, and even family friends. Fortunately, the innovative and passenger-pleasing facilities, amenities and services aboard today’s cruise ships are designed to satisfy the ever-changing dynamics of today’s American families. Families vacationing aboard the member-line ships of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) can spend as much or as little time together as they want.
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  • July 02, 2006

    Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Isles Showcase Incredible Diversity Down Under

    Cruises to Australia, New Zealand and the Polynesian islands combine cosmopolitan cities with verdant jungles, exotic wildlife, snow-capped mountains and fjords, plus white-sand beaches and coral reefs – all in one vacation. It’s no wonder that explorers, artists, writers and visitors have followed the siren’s song here since at least the 18 th century, when Captain Cook and his colleagues first arrived.
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  • July 01, 2006

    South America Itineraries Draw Travelers in Search of the Exotic and Adventurous

    Extending from the equatorial tropics to the outskirts of Antarctica, South America is exotic, sexy, historic and modern – all at the same time. This continent of 15 countries is a land of superlatives, with the world’s highest waterfall, Angel Falls; its largest river and rainforest, the Amazon; longest mountain range, the Andes; driest desert, Atacama; and southernmost city, Ushuaia. “South America’s abundance of many attractions is best enjoyed via a cruise vacation,” said Terry L.
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  • June 29, 2006

    Cruise Industry Growth Continues as CLIA-Member Lines Post Positive 1st Quarter Results

    Consumer demand for seagoing vacations aboard the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) remained strong in the first quarter of 2006 as CLIA-member cruise lines carried 2.79 million worldwide guests, a 5.8 percent increase over the same period in 2005.
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  • June 15, 2006

    Cruise Industry Associations, CLIA and ICCL, to Merge

    Driven by continued growth in the industry and cruising’s ever widening share of the leisure travel market, the cruise industry today announced the merger of two long-standing and respected trade organizations. New York-based Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will merge with Washington, DC-based International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), forming an expanded organization representing major cruise lines and more than 17,000 travel agents selling cruises.
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  • April 26, 2006

    CLIA’S Cruise3Sixty 2007 Conference to be Held in Greater Fort Lauderdale

    It’s back! The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)’s must-attend travel agent conference, cruise3sixty, in 2007 will return to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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  • April 13, 2006

    CLIA’s Second-Annual Cruise3Sixty Sets New Standards

    The second annual Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) cruise3sixty travel agent conference was a resounding triumph, exceeding the expectations of agents, cruise line executives and exhibitors alike.
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  • April 10, 2006

    CLIA Launches New 'Allied Membership' Program for Travel Partners

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is launching a new membership category for valued colleagues who have long supported the cruise industry and the travel agent distribution system. CLIA’s new Allied Membership Program provides allied member organizations with a dynamic link to CLIA’s nearly 17,000 North American member travel agencies and 20 member cruise lines, creating an effective partnership based on mutual communication and support. CLIA President and CEO Terry L.
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  • April 10, 2006

    Growing Cruise Popularity Reflects Strong Guest Satisfaction and High Percieved Value, Says New CLIA Study

    Leisure cruise vacations are reaching new levels of popularity among American consumers while also attracting younger and more affluent guests, according to results from the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) 2006 Market Profile Study, conducted by TNS Travel & Transport Group and released today. Cruising continues to represent a fast-growing travel segment with significant growth potential. Over 51 million current vacationers have ever taken a cruise, representing 17 percent of the total U.S. population, according to the CLIA study. The study identifies the “core” U.S.
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  • April 10, 2006

    Parents Planning This Summer's Family Vacation Should Heed Kids' Cry for Cruising

    Choosing the right family vacation to keep both parents and kids happy can be a challenge. For those parents seeking an alternative to the traditional summer road trip or week by the seashore, a cruise might be just the solution. In fact, a cruise was the top vacation choice for the “perfect summer trip” in a 2005 National Geographic Kids survey that polled 401 children ages eight to 14. “Cruises are this summer's best family vacation value,” according to Terry L.
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  • April 10, 2006

    Cruise Vacationers Increasingly Seek Physically Active Sightseeing Options

    Travelers who think cruise-line sightseeing tours are passive propositions are in for a surprise – nothing could be further from the truth! Today, cruise lines offer a wide variety of heart-pounding shore excursions including whitewater rafting, race-car driving, rappelling, diving and zip-lining atop rain-forest canopies.
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  • April 08, 2006

    Three Icons Named to CLIA Hall of Fame

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today announced the inductees for its 2006 CLIA Hall of Fame, created last year to honor outstanding travel agents, executives and other noteworthy figures whose extraordinary contributions have propelled the leisure cruise vacation industry to its present-day success.
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  • April 08, 2006

    CLIA Introduces a New Series of Regional Training Programs

    Beginning this summer, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will launch a program of two-day regional TrainingFests that combine two days of CLIA classroom instruction with CLIA-member cruise line trade shows held on the first evening of industry events. CLIA’s new TrainingFest series will provide agents with the chance to earn up to 70 credits toward CLIA Cruise Counsellor certification.
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  • April 08, 2006

    New CLIA Agent Training Program Focuses on Luxury Market

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has created a new agent training program focusing specifically on leisure cruising’s luxury category. The new course, scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2007, provides agents who complete the training with a new designation: Luxury Cruise Specialist. CLIA’s new Luxury Cruise Specialist program will define and clarify the luxury cruise experience for travel agents who are new to selling deluxe seagoing vacations.
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  • April 06, 2006

    World Cruises Circumnavigate the Globe in Comfort and Luxury

    Although Ferdinand Magellan’s 1522 expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe, Magellan himself did not survive the grueling voyage, and only 18 of his 200 crew-members finally returned to Spain. How times have changed.
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