Cruise News & Commentary


May 22, 2015 by Guest Post

The cruise industry is highly regulated, scrutinized, and transparent—more so than many other sectors of travel and hospitality. A new “app” from ProPublica, which compiles all of the publicly-available information about cruise ships into a single database, is clear evidence of that truth. Unfortunately, the alarmist tone of the accompanying article unfairly perpetuates misperceptions about the cruise industry, often based on false accusations by professional industry critics. Here are the facts.

May 4, 2015 by Guest Post

Those of us who cruise know how hard cruise ship Crewmembers work to keep their ships clean and encourage good hygiene. But to read the headlines, you’d think that outbreaks of norovirus on cruise ships are at epidemic levels. The fact is they’re not. Not by a long shot. In a recent column published on Yahoo! Travel, Dr. Joyce Johnson, a former surgeon general for the U.S. Coast Guard, points out that “millions more people get norovirus on land — in hospitals, dormitories, schools, restaurants, and hotels — than on cruise ships. Norovirus is not ‘the cruise ship disease.’"

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April 7, 2015 by Guest Post

Did you catch the TODAY Show’s recent segment where they went undercover to “swab the deck” and found germs onboard an unidentified cruise ship? They never identified what germs they found, how common they are in everyday life, nor whether or not they’re even harmful. A blog post from a respected microbiologist lays out the “top three reasons ATP and total coliforms"--on which the TODAY Show segment was based--"are not good indicators or predictors of the presence of viruses, such as norovirus,”

January 30, 2015 by CLIA Cruise Blog

By Christine Duffy, CLIA President and CEO -- Too often, sensationalized news coverage about the cruise industry, and agenda-driven opinion columns informed by professional industry critics, perpetuate misperceptions in many areas. Through CLIA, the industry works together to share best practices in all aspects of cruise ship safety, security and environmental work and we are proud to be able to share our successes, and our continuing efforts to improve our already exceptional record. As I move on to my new role, I thought I would focus my last blog on clearing up several...

December 16, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog

With all the scrutiny and news coverage of the cruise industry the past few years, it amazes me that news organizations big and small continue to get the facts wrong. One recent editorial said that our industry “has operated in a legal gray zone,” and claimed “the result of this muddle has big impacts on passenger safety.” The only muddle is in the editors’ apparent unwillingness to fact-check. A few minutes on Google by a Journalism 101 intern would have revealed the falsity of the editorial writer’s statements.

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October 31, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog
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The kids are settled back in school, and the rest of us long ago left summer hours and weekends at the beach behind us.  Fall is upon us, and before we know it, the holidays will be upon us too.  With the end of the year fast approaching, I have a question for you:

Are you using all your vacation days?

I was flabbergasted by the results of a recent survey by the U.S. Travel Association.  It found that while 96% of American workers think that taking time off is...

October 19, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog

Today, I issued the following statement regarding the successful disembarkation of a passenger on the Carnival Magic who was under self-monitoring for potential exposure to Ebola.


CLIA is very pleased that the passenger, who was asymptomatic, has tested negative for Ebola and was safely disembarked with her loved one at the Port of Galveston today, which is the homeport of Carnival Magic.  We commend Carnival and the public health authorities for their effective and successful response in managing this situation professionally and with transparent and regular...

September 30, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog

I love talking to CLIA travel agent members and hearing about their conversations with clients.  A topic that comes up again and again is the surprise of new customers when they learn about the value they get from a cruise, especially when compared to a land-based vacation.

And once they cruise, they’re hooked.  Cruisers come back.  Did you know that more than 70 percent of cruisers are repeat cruisers?  Those vacationers know cruising offers a great return on vacation experience.  So it’s great news that 87% of travel agents surveyed by CLIA report steady or growing sales to new-to-...

August 12, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog

The recent release of a report on norovirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscores what the cruise industry has known and communicated for a long time:  The occurrence of norovirus on cruise ships is rare and it is dramatically lower than the number of incidents of this common illness on land.
Norovirus is often referred to as a “stomach bug” and the symptoms typically last between 24 and 48 hours.  It is second only to the common cold in terms of its prevalence and is generally...

August 5, 2014 by CLIA Cruise Blog

Seventy percent of passengers on a cruise ship are likely to be repeat cruisers--what makes cruising such an enjoyable vacation experience that these guests come back again and again?  I have a few ideas about what makes cruising so appealing, not least of which is the incredible ROE (return on experience) of a cruise vacation.  Here are a few of the things I love about cruising: