Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)

CLIA is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. On behalf of its members, affiliates and partners, the organization supports policies and practices that foster a secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment, promoting positive travel experiences for the more than 30 million passengers who have cruised annually. The CLIA community includes the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and widespread industry stakeholders, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. CLIA represents 95% of the world’s ocean-going cruise capacity, as well as 54,000 travel agents and 15,000 of the largest travel agencies in the world.

The organization’s global headquarters are in Washington, DC, with regional offices located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

CLIA Alaska

The Alaska Cruise Association (ACA) was formed in 2007 as a not-for-profit organization whose membership included the major cruise tour companies operating in Alaska. In 2016, ACA became part of the larger global association and has since grown to include 20 member cruise lines sailing in the region.

The Alaska team works to improve communications and build partnerships with local businesses and civic leaders to keep the Alaska cruise industry healthy, vibrant and sustainable. The organization is based in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF) focuses its efforts on programs that are designed to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the cruise industry. CICF supports programs that enhance educational opportunities for youth, including those designed to improve literacy, teach basic life skills and promote good citizenship. The Foundation also supports academic enrichment opportunities aimed at enhancing student proficiencies in reading, math and science.

CICF supports non-profit organizations that encourage job creation and training, improve access to community services and provide youth and adult education, particularly for minority and disadvantaged students. In addition, the Foundation promotes programs designed to improve public health or medical research aimed at disease prevention. CICF also supports programs that promote environmental awareness and education, as well as the study of enhanced environmental technologies for the maritime sector.

The Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity, focuses its efforts in the following areas:

  • Civic and Community Development
  • Educational Assistance and Training Programs
  • Public Health Programs
  • Environmental Preservation Initiatives

Ralph Samuels, Holland America Lines; Laura McDonnell, Caribou Crossings; Lanie Downs, CLIA Alaska; Holly Johnson, Wings Airways; Renée Limoge Reeve, CLIA Alaska; and Charlie Ball, Princess, past Chair, CLIA Alaska.
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