• 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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  • April 02, 2006

    New-Ship 'Christenings' and Naming Ceremonies Epitomize the Glamour of Cruising

    Monarchs and heads of state have had the honor, as have legendary actresses of the stage and screen, world-class athletes, comedians, astronauts and even an animated film character. Traditionally, ships were “christened” – or named – by “godmothers” who launched the ships from their building blocks into the sea for the very first time. To mark these occasions, bottles of champagne or sparkling wine were broken against the ship’s hull. These ceremonies were – and are – meant to bring good luck to the ship and those who sail on it.
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  • April 01, 2006

    Repositioning Cruises Combine Relaxing Days at Sea, Undiscovered Ports and High Value

    Repositioning itineraries, seasonal voyages used to relocate ships from one cruise region to another, offer sensational savings opportunities, sybaritic days at sea and opportunities to call at ports of call that are off the beaten track. Vacationers will find a diverse portfolio of repositioning cruises to choose from this fall on 66 ships operated by 13 of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) member cruise lines. Vacationers can sail from Europe to North America, Alaska to West Coast ports for Mexican Riviera cruises; and from Canada/New England to a host of U.S.
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  • April 01, 2006

    American Cruise Lines Joins Cruise Lines International Association

    The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will welcome American Cruise Lines as its newest member effective March 15, said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA, the cruise industry’s chief marketing organization. American Cruise Lines (ACL) will bring to 20 the number of CLIA-member cruise lines, which collectively represent 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America. CLIA (www.cruising.org) is also comprised of nearly 17,000 travel agencies, making it the largest travel industry association based on agency membership.
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  • February 09, 2006

    Cruise Vacations Let Couples Celebrate Valentine's Day - Every Day

    Lovers take notice: Every day of a cruise vacation is Valentine's Day. Whether it's a wedding, vow renewals, honeymoon or couple's getaway, there's no better venue for romance than today's passenger-pleasing ships. In fact, the nearly 150 ships that sail for members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) offer a cornucopia of activities and amenities that heighten the mood for love.
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  • February 09, 2006

    Earn up to an Unprecedented 135 CLIA Certification Credits at Cruise3sixty Conference

    Travel agents at cruise3sixty, the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)'s must-attend conference and event, will have an opportunity to earn more crucial cruise sales and product training than CLIA ( www.cruising.org ) has ever made available at any single travel industry gathering.
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  • February 09, 2006

    Cruise Vacations Let Couples Celebrate Valentine’s Day – Every Day

    Lovers take notice: Every day of a cruise vacation is Valentine's Day. Whether it's a wedding, vow renewals, honeymoon or couple's getaway, there's no better venue for romance than today's passenger-pleasing ships.
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  • February 07, 2006

    Luxury Leaders Convene at Cruise3Sixty

    A distinguished group of cruise executives representing five luxury lines will offer an insider's view into the dynamic and challenging upscale segment of the cruise industry at cruise3sixty , the must-attend travel agent event sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). CLIA's cruise3sixty is scheduled for April 8 to 11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.
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  • February 02, 2006

    Bermuda Cruises Offer Hassle-Free, Close-To-Home Getaways

    What could be better than vacationing in Bermuda, a destination so popular that 50 percent of visitors return a second time? Cruising to Bermuda. This year, 13 ships from the member companies of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) will offer convenient cruises to Bermuda from eight North American homeports, eliminating the hassles and costs associated with air travel. In 2006, travelers can sail to Bermuda from Baltimore; Boston; Cape Liberty (Bayonne, N.J.); Charleston; Gloucester, Mass.; Fort Lauderdale; New York and Philadelphia.
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  • February 02, 2006

    That's Entertainment - Cruise Ships Bring a Taste of Broadway to the High Seas

    Guests aboard today's cruise ships don't have to visit New York's Broadway or London's West End to see top theatrical performances. Seagoing vacationers enjoy live, nightly shows inspired by today's popular theater hits as well as highly original productions. “Many activities that are ‘extras' on a typical land-based vacation, including entertainment, are included in the cost of a cruise,” said Terry L.
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