ACA – Asia Cruise Association

The Asia Cruise Association (ACA) is a leading cruise association dedicated to the development and promotion of the cruise industry in the Asia-Pacific region. Incorporated in 2009, ACA has been setup in recognition of the strong growth in the cruise industry for Asia. The association seeks to establish a firm foundation upon which the cruise industry can work cohesively with governmental agencies and regulatory authorities to develop a mature cruise environment both as a top recreation preference and as a vibrant economic sector for Asian nations.

ACE – CLIA UK & Ireland (Association of Cruise Experts, UK)

CLIA UK & Ireland brings together cruise lines, travel agents and associated travel partners to help promote cruise holidays within the UK and Ireland.
Cruise holidays offer guests an exceptional holiday experience with some of the finest dining, entertainment, enrichment and service available on any holiday type, and all combined with visits to some of the most inspiring and beautiful destinations on the planet.
Globally CLIA works with 60 cruise lines, all of whom offer a distinctive holiday experience that continues to grow in popularity, with over 1.7 million cruises booked by UK guests in 2012, and with over 20 million worldwide.

AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators

AECO – Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators – is an international association for expedition cruise operators operating in the Arctic and others with interests in this industry. The association was founded in 2003 and has since become an important organization representing the concerns and views of arctic expedition cruise operators. AECO is dedicated to managing responsible, environmentally friendly and safe tourism in the Arctic and strive to set the highest possible operating standards.

Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA)

Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) was established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. Since then, the Association has become the voice of the region’s shipping industry and a major regional forum in which matters relevant to the growth and development of Caribbean shipping are discussed.
CSA membership includes 12 national shipping associations and over 100 individual member entities, including port authorities, terminal operators, shipping agents, shipping lines, tug and salvage companies, consultants, freight forwarders, leasing companies and others.

China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association

China Cruise & Yacht Industry Association (CCYIA) was established in 2006, office is located in Beijing. It is one of a authoritied affiliate by the National Development and Reform Commission. As a national non-profit social organization, CCYIA is voluntarily composed by industry-related firms, organizations and industry veterans. It has been entrusted by Chinese government to carried out the mission of pushing forward these two emerging industries healthy growth in China. The MAXWAY Cruise & Yacht Development Center and the MAXWAY Intercultural Communication (Beijing) Center are two executive bodies of CCYIA, which coordinate to the government and international organizations on diversified activities and consulting service of cruise and yacht industry.

CLIA Abremar – Brazil

The Brazilian Association of Maritime Cruises – ABREMAR , was founded in 2006 with the aim of representing ship owners and operators of maritime tourism in the country . Active in dialogue with public and private institutions in the defense and promotion of an enabling environment for the sector , the Association has always been committed in the disclosure of the country as a tourism destination , highlighting the potential of this activity as one of the engines of our economy .
As part of a natural evolution of the industry Cruises Maritime , the ABREMAR passed in 2013 , part of CLIA ( Cruise Lines International Association ), an association for the industry worldwide .
Thus naming the CLIA ABREMAR BRAZIL , promote , along with nine other international associations , globally unified voice of this activity , which generates an economic impact of $ 100 billion and employs over 753,000 people worldwide .
For Brazil , it means a big jump in the global scenario , once this new partnership will allow a better understanding of the companies operating in South America about the specifics and local obstacles .
This union was the way we found to drive more efficiently and strategic priorities of national and international Maritime Cruises .

CLIA Alaska (ACA – Alaska Cruise Association)

The Alaska Cruise Association (ACA) was formed in 2007 as a not-for-profit organization whose membership includes the major cruise tour companies operating in Alaska.The goal of the Alaska Cruise Association is to improve communications, build partnerships with local businesses and work with civic leaders to expand economic benefits to communities. The organization is based in Anchorage, Alaska, and is led by ACA president and former state senator John Binkley.

CLIA Australasia (ICCA – International Cruise Council Australasia)

CLIA was originally formed in 1975 in North America and the Australasia chapter evolved in 1996 trading as the International Cruise Council Australasia. The genesis of CLIA was in response to a need for an association to promote the special benefits of cruising and in 2006 merged with the International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL), a sister entity created in 1990 dedicated to participating in the regulatory and policy development process of the cruise industry.

CLIA Europe (ECC – European Cruise Council)

CLIA Europe is an independent, not for profit trade association funded by annual subscriptions from cruise line members and associate members.
The strategic direction of CLIA Europe is provided by the Board which comprises all cruise line members and which meets twice a year, while the Executive Committee provides high level management input into the day to day running of the association.
CLIA Europe Executive Committee:

• Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, Silversea Cruises and CLIA Europe Chairman
• Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises and CLIA Europe Vice-Chairman
• Dominic Paul, Royal Caribbean International
• David Dingle, Carnival UK
• Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line
• Michael Thamm, CEO Costa Group
Issues of concern to CLIA Europe are dealt with through the following sub-committees:
• Environment: Chair – Tom Strang, Costa
• Labour Affairs: Chair – Tino Hensel, Aida
• Ports and Infrastructure: Chair – Neil Palomba, MSC Crociere
• Public Relations: Chair – Michele Andjel, Carnival UK
• Taxation: Chair – David Dingle, Carnival UK
• Tourism and Consumer Affairs: Chair – Maria Pittordis, Hill Dickinson LLP

CLIA Netherlands – Dutch Cruise Council (DCC)

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest industry association of cruise lines in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents and policy makers within the cruise industry. CLIA Netherlands falls under the
accountability CLIA Europe and aims to increase using the total cruise market in the Netherlands providing information in a neutral way, providing education and promotion in the broadest sense of the cruise product as an accessible and great vacation experience.

CLIA North West & Canada

Cruise Lines International Association – North West & Canada is a non-profit association that represents the major cruise lines operating in the Pacific Northwest (British Columbia, Washington State, Alaska & Hawaii) and in Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
Established in 1986, the role of the Association is to develop strong partnerships with the communities in which its member lines are based, and those they visit. The member lines of CLIA-North West & Canada are at the forefront of initiatives related to environment, security and safety, as well as community and government relations. CLIA-NWC works with local organizations to develop opportunities, support economic and environmental studies and collaborate with government agencies to ensure a workable regulatory environment.
The CLIA-North West & Canada office, which is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada, represents cruise lines as part of the Cruise Lines International Association global network.

Cruise Line Int. Association – CLIA

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interests of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry business partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members.
CLIA North America is comprised of 26 cruise lines and 10,500 travel agencies representing more than 35,000 individual travel agents. In addition, more than 120 of the most innovative suppliers of goods and services to the cruise industry make up CLIA’s Executive Partner Program.
CLIA’s primary roles are to:
• Promote the cruise product to both travel agents and consumers.
• Provide cruise selling agencies the highest level of professional sales training and marketing support and promote the value of a CLIA member travel agency to the traveling public.
• Raise awareness about the cruise experience through its travel agent training, public relations and promotions.
• Advocate the industry’s legal, legislative and technical positions to key domestic and international regulatory organizations, policy makers and other industry partners to foster continued growth of a safe and secure cruise industry.
• Monitor and participate actively in the development of domestic and international maritime policies and regulations.
• Actively protect the marine environment with minimal impact on the ocean, marine life and destinations.

ECSA – European Community Shipowners’ Associations

“The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), founded in 1965 under the name of “Comité des Associations d’Armateurs des Communautés Européennes (CAACE)”, is the trade association representing the national shipowners’ associations of the EU and Norway (close to 99% of the EEA fleet or about 20% of the world fleet). Our aim is to promote the interests of European shipping so that the industry can best serve European and international trade and commerce in a competitive free enterprise environment to the benefit of shippers and consumers and help formulate EU policy on critical maritime transport-related issues.”
The structure of ECSA consists of a Board of Directors, three specialised committees, a number of working groups and task forces, targeting specific issues, and a permanent secretariat based in Brussels.

Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association

The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 15 Member Cruise Lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, tour operations, safety, security and other cruise industry issues. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA seeks to build cooperative relationships with its partner destinations and to develop productive bilateral partnerships with every sector. The FCCA works with governments, ports and all private/public sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, cruise line and cruise line employee spending, as well as enhancing the destination experience and the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitor

IACS – International Association Of Classification Societies Ltd.

The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) is a organization consisting of thirteen marine classification societies headquartered in London.

IACS was founded on September 11, 1968, in Hamburg, Germany and more than 90% of world ships tonnage are under classification standards set by its members.

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IG RiverCruise (Europe’s river cruise association)

As well as representing the members’ common, fundamental interests and concerns relevant for river cruises towards third parties, IG RiverCruise sees itself at the same time as a contact and representative of the European river cruise sector.
Other tasks include the promotion and development of the image of the river cruise sector taking into special account the topics of training, safety and environmental protection and keeping in contact with organisations, institutions, umbrella associations and associations closely related to the sector.

Japan Oceangoing Passenger Ship Association

Such as through the development of user protection system safety and operating measures of ocean-going cruise ships , it is possible to realize a boat trip safer and more comfortable . The Japan ocean-going cruise ships Association , get to know everyone more the charm of the voyage in order to carry out a wide range of educational activities for , founded as Institute in dated 28 may 1990 , and then , with the enforcement of public interest corporation system reform related three methods , the Institute on January April 2013 the process proceeds , we have reached the present .
Is composed of a company that operated the ocean-going regular passenger ships and ocean-going cruise ships , travel agencies , port authorities , shipbuilding companies , the Association , and the colonization of the Japan’s voyage as a suitable new leisure in the ” era of space ” , with the aim of further promotion of the cruise ship business to support it , since its establishment , the Company continues to work actively . Was launched jointly by Japan Association of Travel Agents and (JATA) , such as a cruise advisor certification plans covering employees of travel agencies from 2003 , the establishment activities of the Council for the cruise promotion in rural areas from 2002 . In addition, in 2006 , to integrate Japan voyage Industry Association (JASTA), we have also expanded the scope of our business activities.

Nine full members , one associate member companies , 52 companies supporting members , 62 companies total number of members as of April 1, 2013 is the ( organization

SNAME - Society Of Naval Architects And Marine Engineers


The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering. For over a century members have included commercial and governmental practitioners, students, and educators of naval architecture, shipbuilding, and marine and ocean engineering.

SNAME encourages the exchange and recording of information, sponsors applied research, offers career guidance, supports education, and enhances the professional status and integrity of its membership.


The LCA (UK)

Back in 1993, a group of sales professionals from some of the most pro-active and respected independent travel agencies in the UK met to discuss the future of cruising. Aware, not only of the continuing growth in popularity of cruising in the UK, but also of the increasing competition they faced, together with customer demand for greater professionalism amongst cruise agencies, they created the Guild of Professional Cruise Agents.
An association of specialist cruise agents, dedicated to improving standards of professionalism within its membership, and to expanding consumer awareness of the quality and value of a cruise holiday, the fledgling Guild very quickly grew in Membership, attracting the attention of more and more cruise specialists, and the cruise lines themselves.
In 2001 the Guild changed its public name to The Leading Cruise Agents of the UK and we’re now known best as the LCA.