The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), of which Disney Cruise Line is a member, issued a statement today praising the aggressive measures adopted by cruise lines during the COVID-19 pandemic and stressing that the health of their community is their priority.
The top priority for our entire community—including cruise lines, travel agents, ports, destinations, suppliers and beyond—continues to be the health and safety of passengers, crew and the communities in the places we visit.
The fact remains that the vast majority of more than 270 cruise ships within the CLIA member fleet were not affected by this virus. This is due, in large part, to the aggressive measures adopted by CLIA oceangoing cruise lines in response to COVID-19 based on prevailing guidance from global health authorities, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Those measures include rigorous screening protocols, enhanced sanitation measures and the availability of onboard medical care and treatment 24/7.
CLIA also talked about the effect that the suspension of cruise operations was having on the global economy, which typically generates over $150 billion worldwide.
When the time is right for cruise ships to once again set sail, our community will be an important part of the global and societal recovery.
Finally, they stressed that they are using this time to build relationships around the world.
We will use this time during the suspension of global operations to continue to work with them to achieve our shared objective of going further still in our efforts to protect the health and safety of passengers, crew and public and to support recovery goals for tourism and business sector partners.