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Published on : Friday, June 24, 2016
Leading up to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Day of the Seafarer on June 25, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) expressed appreciation for the seafarers that provide the 24.2 million passengers who will cruise this year with exceptional vacation experiences.
At any given time, approximately 200,000 seafarers are sailing on CLIA Cruise Line Members’ ships around the world. These seafarers comprise a highly skilled, highly satisfied crew that regularly goes above and beyond to provide cruise passengers with memorable vacations. The cruise industry strives to provide a high-quality work environment for its seafarers by offering ongoing training, career advancement and the opportunity to travel the world.
“The seafarers on cruise ships are indispensable to the industry and the cruise travel experience. They represent all workers on board, from the captain to medical personnel to the stewards who make up passenger staterooms,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA president and CEO. “Our Cruise Line Members employ a truly global workforce, and are proud to have seafarers with high job satisfaction who sail year after year, often recruiting friends and family.”
All CLIA Cruise Line Members support strong worker protections and must comply with international regulations that ensure the safety, security and fair treatment of the crew, as established by two United Nation (UN) agencies—the International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organization—and strongly enforced by government authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard. The cruise industry fully supports the Maritime Labour Convention, also known as the “Seafarers’ Bill of Rights,” which sets international standards addressing hours of work and rest, health and safety, and living conditions for seafarers and requires governments to ensure ships are in compliance. Shipping is the only industry with a comprehensive framework of detailed employment regulations that is enforced on a global and uniform basis.
Jobs in the cruise industry are highly desirable and highly sought after because they offer strong benefits and rewarding career opportunities; in addition to their salary, cruise ship seafarers typically receive free medical care, room and board, meals and many other benefits that are often unavailable in their home countries. Cruise lines often receive up to 100 applications for each job opening, and employee retention rates in the cruise industry are upwards of 80 percent.