• 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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  • February 02, 2006

    CLIA Cruise Market Forecast Forum to Freature Industry Heavy Hitters

    Eight of the cruise industry's most influential executives will offer rare insight into key issues facing retailers and cruise lines in today's retail marketplace during the Cruise Market Forecast Forum at cruise3sixty , the must-attend global travel agent conference event. cruise3sixty takes place April 8 to 11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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  • January 25, 2006

    Top Industry Leaders Confirm a Attendance at CLIA'S Cruise3sixty Conference in April

    The chairmen of the cruise industry's two largest companies and the president of one of cruising's leading luxury-market operators will their share dynamic perspectives on the industry's present-day success and prospects for continued growth as the featured speakers at cruise3sixty , the must-attend conference and travel agent event. cruise3sixty is scheduled for April 8 to 11 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
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  • January 25, 2006

    Cruise Ship Inspection Opportunities to Highlight CLIA'S Cruise3sixty - 14 Ships Featured

    Fourteen of the cruise industry's most feature-rich, guest-gratifying ships will be among the highlight attractions at cruise3sixty , the must-attend cruise industry conference and travel agent event, scheduled for April 8 to 11, 2006 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and sponsored by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). At cruise3sixty , attendees will enjoy access to an impressive array of 14 CLIA member-line cruise ships both at nearby Port Everglades and at the Port of Miami.
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  • January 11, 2006

    Cruise Lines Launch Innovative Itineraries for 2006

    As seagoing vacations continue to grow in popularity, cruise lines have introduced new ports of call around the world and next year will be no different. In 2006, travelers will find a portfolio of new cruises to the far reaches of the globe. The 19 cruise line members of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) take travelers to 1,800 ports of call on more than 150 ships of varying styles, from yacht-like luxury ships carrying 150 passengers to mega vessels carrying more than 3,000 guests.
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  • January 11, 2006

    Caribbean Cruises Take the Chill out of Winter

    When the autumn leaves begin to wither, travelers invariably yearn for warmer destinations. Where better to escape winter than the tropical islands of the Caribbean, with their vibrant and picturesque ports of calls, bleached sandy beaches and clear blue waters? No other warm-weather destination presents so many choices of ships and cruise itineraries, from a three-night getaway to an extended voyage to Central America and beyond. “Sure, the climate is idyllic,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
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  • January 11, 2006

    Demand High for 2006 Europe Cruises

    Cruise vacationers in Europe lock in significant savings versus land-based travelers because they pay for accommodations, dining and entertainment beforehand in U.S. dollars, rather than paying out-of-pocket for such costs while traveling. Cruise guests also have the option of extending their vacation with hotel stays before or after their cruise, which can also be paid in U.S. dollars before departure. “Much can be learned about the 2006 cruise season from last year,” said Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA (www.cruising.org).
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  • January 11, 2006

    Travelers See More of the 'Great Land' by Sea

    Alaska’s awe-inspiring glaciers, abundant wildlife and Native American culture are best showcased on a seagoing vacation. In fact, the panoramic vistas from open decks and balcony staterooms combined with passenger-pleasing facilities, amenities and services, aboard today’s feature-filled cruise ships make these vessels the ideal way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the “Great Land,” according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).
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  • December 08, 2005

    Strong 3rd Quarter Passenger Growth Extends 2005 Trend for CLIA-Member Cruise Lines

    The cruise industry’s robust passenger growth continued in the third quarter of 2005, as the member fleets of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) carried 3.04 million worldwide guests, a 6 percent increase over the same period in 2004.North American passenger totals grew by 8.6 percent during the same period, to 2.55 million guests, up from 2.35 million in the third quarter of 2004. The 2005 third-quarter passenger figures are new statistics released today by CLIA, whose 19 member cruise lines represent over 97 percent of the cruise capacity marketed in North America.
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