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Cruise Industry Celebrates 2017 Plan a Cruise Month Around the World

Cruise Lines Industry Association (CLIA) Offers Cruise Insights, Deals and Experts to Plan and Take an Amazing Cruise Vacation

(WASHINGTON, DC, September 27, 2017) – October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget.

“Plan a Cruise Month is such an amazing opportunity for anyone who loves to travel to learn more about the variety of today’s cruise vacation options as well as take advantage of deals and promotions as well as guidance from cruise experts,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Today there are cruises to take you around the world from rivers in Asia and Africa to ocean cruises to the Galapagos Islands. A cruise can take you to some of the best global destinations aboard some of the most advanced cruise ships.”

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Cruising Destinations Around the World
This year, Plan a Cruise Month is shining a spotlight on the many worldwide cruise destinations including those in: Europe; the Americas and the Caribbean; Australasia and Asia. Each week in October, through videos, online content and expert advice from travel agents, travelers can learn more about cruise destinations around the world. Whether travelers are looking for tours of historic castles or lounging on the best powder sand beaches, a cruise can take vacation seekers to some of the most visited sights as well as those off the beaten path.

Cruise Deals and Promotions
During Plan a Cruise Month, cruise lines are offering exclusive deals and promotions. To take advantage of the Plan a Cruise Monthexclusive offers as well as the expertise from travel agents, travel planners can find a CLIA Certified Travel Agent at cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/plan-a-cruise/clia-agent-finder.

Cruise Experts at the Helm
More than 25 million travelers are expected to take a cruise vacation this year. Of those that take a cruise, seven out of ten (70 percent) leverage the expertise of a travel agent to help navigate the variety of cruise options available today. Travel agents are a wealth of information with plenty of real world travel experience. Agents can provide incredible travel advice, as well as tips for making the most of a cruise including the best onboard cafes or cruise ship activities for children. Find a CLIA Certified Travel Agent at cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/plan-a-cruise/clia-agent-finder.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Five Reasons to Book a Cruise Vacation with a Travel Agent

Travel Agents Offer Expertise, the Best Deals and a Stress-Free Experience

WASHINGTON, DC, September 28, 2017 — Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, and the international cruise industry are celebrating Plan a Cruise Month this October. To highlight the vital role travel agents play in helping travelers navigate the sea of cruise vacation options, CLIA is revealing five reasons to book a cruise with a travel agent.

“Travel agents play an important role in the vacation experience for both new and seasoned cruise travelers and can help cruisers create the most unique and personalized trip,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Agents are an integral part of the cruise industry and those interested in cruising will find working with an expert leads to the best overall experience and vacation satisfaction.”

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The Top Five Reasons Use a Travel Agent to Book a Cruise Vacation:

  1. A Totally Tailored Trip:  Today, there are more cruise vacation choices and experiences than ever before making it possible for travel agents to tailor trips to each client’s travel preferences. For example, Francophiles with a penchant for cuisine? An agent can help book a perfect Parisian cruise and maybe even provide tips for finding the best crepes and macaroons during onshore excursions.
  1. In Expert Hands: Travel agents are a wealth of information with plenty of real world travel experience. Agents can provide incredible advice for making the most of a cruise like the best onboard cafes or cruise ship activities for children as well as expertise on travel insurance, dining times and cabin location.
  1. Deals & Discounts: Many travel agents have access to deals and discounts that aren’t available to consumers booking directly. Agents sometimes have the ability to book in bulk so clients are privy to lower pricing for booking through an agent.
  1. Perks & Personalized Travel: There really are more perks when working with travel agents! Many agents can offer clients incredible perks like complimentary bottles of wine, vouchers for free specialty meals, prepaid gratuities, and onboard spending money.  In addition to fun extras, agents can also arrange personalized travel details for cruisers like gluten-free dining or post-cruise travel back home.
  1. A Stress-Free Travel Experience: For a stress-free travel experience, contact a CLIA Certified Cruise Agent. These accredited cruise counselors are committed to providing the best travel experience for every client every time. Go to www.cruising.org to find a CLIA Certified Cruise Agent.

To connect with a CLIA-certified cruise specialist to book a cruise vacation, consumers can visit: cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/plan-a-cruise/clia-agent-finder. For more information about Plan a Cruise Month, visit: www.Cruising.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Announces Plan a Cruise Month “Cruise Europe Week”

CLIA Highlights Cruise Travel Opportunities and Experiences in Europe

WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2017 -- Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is highlighting some of the most popular cruise destinations in time for Plan a Cruise Month. During the first week of the campaign, CLIA is shining a spotlight on European cruise destinations including things to do, dishes to eat, and more.

“From historic architecture to diverse cultures, Europe offers a variety of experiences and a cruise can take you there,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Whether it’s on a river cruise through France or Baltic ocean cruise, a cruise vacation offers a convenient way to explore everything Europe has to offer.”

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Highlights of Cruising through Europe
Diverse Destinations: From the British Isles to the Seine, the available cruise itineraries around Europe are seemingly endless for history-loving travelers, foodies, and everyone in between.

  • Lyon, France: France’s “culinary capital” is a brilliant destination for both seasoned epicures and everyday foodies, and includes trips to the famous Les Halles food market or an induction ceremony at a famous winery for cruisers looking to imbibe.
  • Tallin, Estonia:This historic city combines sleek Scandinavian aesthetic with Soviet-era sights. Filled with sidewalk cafes, art galleries, and storied architecture, Tallin lends itself to cruisers looking to sightsee on foot or relax in a café and people-watch.
  • Olden, Norway: For travelers looking to become immersed in a beautiful postcard-worthy landscape, Olden is an unsuspecting destination. This Norwegian port village offers travelers outdoor adventures like glacier-fed lake fishing, as well as tourist attractions like the “Old Church” which dates back to 1759.
  • Regensburg, Germany:Cruisers can visit the city that mostly survived World War II to experience the storybook beauty of Romanesque and Gothic structures, bridges, and courtyards. While there, travelers can taste traditional German sausages and cuisine at the famous Regensburg Sausage Kitchen.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures:Europe is home to some of the most well-known castles, cathedrals, and picturesque villages, but the region has even more to offer with exciting and unexpected experiences to be had.

  • Tulips in the Netherlands:Travelers can experience the breathtaking tulip fields for which the Netherlands are known for with guided tours and walks through acres of blooms.
  • French Truffle Hunting:Cruisers can search for a “black diamond” at truffle farms throughout France to seek out the culinary jewel. Truffle-hunting dogs can even assist the excursion.
  • Soaking in Budapest:This capital city offers a unique chance to soak in warm waters full of the Earth’s minerals, as it houses more than eighty active thermal springs and wells.
  • Drinking in Dublin: Cruise travelers looking to sip a few suds can tour the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, complete with the history of the brew and a tasting perfect for beer aficionados and history-lovers alike.
  • Prehistoric Adventure in Malta:Cruisers to Malta can visit the Prehistoric Temple of Hagar Qim, a megalithic temple etched from limestone and one of the most ancient religious sites in the world. 

CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising Europe

  • Trust a Travel Agent: A CLIA-certified travel agent can create an experience built around travelers’ preferences and travel goals. By leaving the logistics to a professional and having an expert at the ready, it takes the stress out of cruise vacation planning.
  • Pack Up: Cruising allows travelers to see the world but only unpack their suitcase once, which mitigates much of the vacation packing stress. When it comes to packing, travelers should keep the Four E’s in mind: Essentials (toiletries, basic clothing), Extras (surge protectors, European outlet adapters), Excursions (hiking boots, bathing suits), and Elements (foldable ponchos, UPF-protected sun gear).
  • Become Ship Savvy: Getting to know the layout of the ship can help cruisers when looking for cafes, restrooms, or the pool, and cut down on time wandering the ship in search of something specific. Cruisers are encouraged to pick up any available ship materials including a map of the layout, daily newsletters, and activity bulletins.

More about Plan a Cruise Month:
October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. Travelers can find a CLIA-certified cruise specialist at cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/plan-a-cruise/clia-agent-finder. For more information about Plan a Cruise Month, visit www.Cruising.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Celebrates Cruise Travel in the Americas and the Caribbean as Part of Plan a Cruise Month

Cruise Ports in the Caribbean are Operating and Welcoming Cruise Travelers

(WASHINGTON, DC - October 11, 2017)– It’s the second week of Plan a Cruise Month and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is highlighting cruise destinations in the Americas and the Caribbean. While areas in the Caribbean were recently impacted by hurricanes, the industry is reporting that close to 50 destinations are still welcoming cruise travelers. Additionally, there are several other cruise embarkation ports and destinations throughout the Americas.

“From historic architecture to diverse cultures, Europe offers a variety of experiences and a cruise can take you there,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Whether it’s on a river cruise through France or Baltic ocean cruise, a cruise vacation offers a convenient way to explore everything Europe has to offer.”

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Highlights of Cruising through the Americas and the Caribbean

Diverse Destinations: From treks down the Mississippi to paddling the Panama Canal, there’s something for every type of traveler in the Americas and Caribbean.

  • Sitka, Alaska:Alaska’s “most exotic” cruise port is full of storied history that includes being home to Tlingit Native Americans and formerly acting as a major pulp mill town. Travelers can visit the totem pole park or walk along Katlian Street on the Sitka Channel waterfront, full of sights of colorful fishing boats and harbor town houses.
  • Montevideo, Uruguay:This South American port city is a hidden gem full of old and new sights to see and architecture to take in, and offers a great spot to relax during a full itinerary with monuments, restaurants, and beaches. Travelers can walk the ultra-modern Plaza Independencia main square or take in afternoon tea in historical Ciudad Vieja.
  • Quebec City, Quebec:This mostly French-speaking Canadian province offers travelers an unexpected taste of Europe with bistro and boutique-lined cobblestone streets. Adventure seekers and nature lovers can indulge in biking tours along famous waterfalls like the Montmorecny Falls, while history lovers can enjoy famed sites like the Basilique Cathedrale.
  • Bonaire, Caribbean:The B in ABC islands, Bonaire is the original leader in ecology and eco-tourism, with bustling sanctuary colonies of flamingos, wild donkeys, and sea horses. Travelers to this island off the coast of Venezuela can participate in windsurfing, kayaking, bird watching, kite boarding, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding or “diver’s paradise” activities like diving and snorkeling.
  • St. Kitts, Caribbean: This West Indies isle, originally discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, offers travelers a peek into preserved history with its 17th and 18th century military architecture. The island also offers lush rainforests, with more than a quarter of its land protected as a National Park.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures:Travelers looking to kayak through glacier water or snorkel along exotic reefs can find a variety of special activities and excursions on a cruise through the Americas or Caribbean.

  • Ride the River: Vacationers yearning to experience U.S. history have a chance of following in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark while viewing classic Americana with a trip down the Columbia/Snake River, complete with trips through Hells Canyon and views of Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood.
  • Photos in Peggy’s Cove:Peggy’s Cove in Halifax is home to smooth boulders that have buoyed waves for 450 million years, in addition to perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the world—a must-see and must-photograph spot for photo enthusiasts.
  • Roatan Rum:Rum and sweets-loving cruise travelers can take part in authentic culture with Mayan chocolate and rum cake tastings in Roatan.
  • High on the Haleakala:Nature lovers and photo buffs alike should experience the Haleakala Volcano in Maui, which rises 10,023 feet above sea level and offers some of the most beautiful volcanic sights in the world. Thrill seekers can even bike down the sides. To make the trip a once-in-a-lifetime event, travelers can also see the ahinahina plant, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Any vacation takes planning, and cruising is no different. CLIA has outlined tips for how to take the stress out of cruising in any waters, including the Americas or the Caribbean.

CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising the Americas or the Caribbean

  • Strike a Balance: Cruisers can benefit from striking a fine balance between scheduled excursions or entertainment and leaving time to relax. Travelers should be careful not to overbook their schedules on the ship or in port in order to leave room to enjoy the ship’s many amenities or sight see. Whether it b whale watching or a helicopter ride over active volcanoes, book two to three activities or excursions at most per day, with some downtime in between, when possible, to avoid travel fatigue.
  • Ask the Question: Travelers should never hesitate to stop and ask questions when in doubt. Whether questions are directed at a cruise-certified travel agent while booking a cruise, or to the ship’s staff while aboard – there are knowledgeable resources to help provide answers to any question that arises.
  • Rest Assured while Aboard: Travelers that take advantage of booking with cruise-certified travel agents can rest assured while resting up on any cruise, as a professional travel agent can help if things go wrong while cruising.

More about Plan a Cruise Month:
October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. Travelers can find a CLIA-certified cruise specialist at https://www.cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-travel-guide/clia-agent-finder. To learn more about Plan A Cruise Month and access the electronic press kit that includes an infographic about today’s release, please visit: http://cruising.new-media-release.com/index.html

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Plan a Cruise Month, Week Three: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Shines Spotlight on Australasia Cruise Travel

(WASHINGTON, DC, October 17, 2017) – Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is highlighting the most exclusive and unmatched cruise travel experiences in Australasia as part of Plan a Cruise Month. The region, comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the island of New Guinea and neighboring islands in the Pacific Ocean, offers diverse destinations, off-the-beaten-path adventures and one-of-a-kind experiences leaving travelers with memories to last a lifetime.

“Plan a Cruise Month is a great time to celebrate cruise travel as well as introduce new and diverse destinations to cruise travelers around the world, including Australasia,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “A cruise vacation is the best, most comfortable and convenient way to explore the unique cultures and variety of landscapes throughout Australasia.”

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Highlights of Cruising through Australasia

Diverse Destinations: Cruisers of all travel styles can find must-see places in Australasia.

  • Akaroa, New Zealand: Reminiscent of the Norwegian Fjords, this tiny town offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sail up the strait and take in scenery made even more lush and beautiful by a long extinct volcano. Travelers sightseeing on foot can soak in the sights like painted timber cottages, art galleries and coffee shops.

  • Viti Levu, Fiji: This island, the largest of those comprising Fiji, is home to Mount Tomanivi, an extinct volcano that creates a scenic backdrop for both adventure and photos. Visitors can tour sugar cane plantations and learn more about the storied history on guided tours of the island, which is rumored to have been submerged in the Pacific multiple times.

  • Sydney, Australia: This well-known “big city” is a must-see for every global traveler voyaging down under. The sprawling metropolis offers travelers views of glass and concrete downtown structures in the Central Business District, while the famous harbor in Circular Quay is a picturesque icon and home to the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

  • Huahine, French Polynesia: This island in the archipelago of the Society Islands is truly a natural marvel filled with history. Travelers to the area can hike through the lush tropical jungles or worship at sacred temples.

  • Picton, New Zealand: This relaxed town, located within a stone’s throw of the Marlborough wine region, offers incredible views across Queen Charlotte Sound and mountains. Visitors can enjoy hiking, imbibe in a glass of local wine, relax on the beach or simply pick up a handmade souvenir in one of the many gift shops.

Off the Beaten Path Adventures:Travelers looking to both relax and kick adventure into high-gear certainly won’t be bored in this region with a wide variety of unique experiences to be had.

  • On Auckland Water: Water-lovers can indulge sailing urges and learn more about the City of Sails with a variety of tours including by bus, boat or on-foot.

  • Superb Snorkeling: The snorkeling in Australasia allows travelers to dive alongside some of the most unique and beautiful reefs and ocean life in the world.

  • Fresh French Polynesia: In French Polynesia, cruisers can tour coconut plantations, vanilla orchids, banana groves, breadfruit trees and watermelon fields. Tastings may or may not be included.

  • Live Lord of the Rings: Literature fans can follow in the footsteps of the Lord of the Rings with expert guided tours to visit locations featured in the films and learn more about how Middle Earth was created.

  • Tahitian Safari: Safaris are not restricted to African cruises. Jeep safaris in Tahiti allow for viewing lush tropical jungles, feeling the mist of beautiful waterfalls and seeing some of the world’s most exotic animals in their natural habitat.

To ensure that cruising, or any vacation, goes as smoothly as possible, CLIA offers tips for how to prepare for an adventure in Australasia.

CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising Australasia

  • Remember Respect: Travelers should keep in mind that locals in every destination do not exist for a photo opportunity. Cruise travelers hoping to take a photo of or with native inhabitants of the Australasia region should politely ask before taking a photograph or recording video and respect an answer of “no.”  

  • Find an Agent: A cruise-certified travel agent can create an experience built around each traveler’s preferences and travel goals. Travelers can leave the cruise travel details to a professional and focus on truly enjoying the trip.

  • Pack to Chat: To keep in contact with travel companions, travelers can include a dry erase board and marker in their suitcase to leave notes or write the day’s schedule or set cell phone reminders of excursions and events. Those hoping to connect with locals should research local dialect and download a translation app or pack a language book.

More about Plan a Cruise Month:
October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. Travelers can find a CLIA-certified cruise specialist at www.cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-travel-guide/clia-agent-finder. For more information about Plan a Cruise Month, visit www.Cruising.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Highlights “Cruise Asia Week”

Final Week of Plan a Cruise Month Highlights Asia Travel Trends, Destinations, and Experiences

(WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2017) – It is the final week of Plan a Cruise Monthand Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, is shining a spotlight on cruise travel throughout Asia. From diverse destinations to off-the-beaten-path adventures, CLIA is helping those with wanderlust navigate cruise travel options throughout Asia – the fastest growing cruise region in the world.

“Asia has seen the largest influx of cruise travelers over the past few years, and it isn’t difficult to see why – with Asia’s distinct cultural experiences and breathtaking destinations,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “Cruise itineraries throughout Asia are captivating travelers ranging from those simply looking for an exotic, unique destination, to those wanting to fulfill a bucket-list vacation of a lifetime.”

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Highlights of Cruising through Asia
Diverse Destinations: Travelers can visit popular sites and find secret treasures while cruising through Asia.

  • Isle of Pines: This little populated island boasts sacred rocks and totems around the island and a bay filled with sea turtles and exotic marine life. The island’s small beaches are home to soft sand and crystal-clear water, perfect for relaxing or hiking along the shore.

  • Sihanoukville, Cambodia: The only deep-water port in the country, Sihanoukville offers an authentic Cambodian experience. Interactions with locals and private beaches make this pocket of the world a unique stop.

  • Bangkok, Thailand: One of Southeast Asia’s most developed nations, Thailand is considered very tourist-friendly. Bangkok is filled with sacred Buddha statues and temples and “spirit houses;” and features canals full of floating markets selling everything from tapestries to jewels.

  • Singapore, Asia: Considered an oasis in Southeast Asia, Singapore boasts a low crime rate, a superbly clean metropolis, and a sophisticated city infrastructure. Featuring a mix of cultures, Singapore is home to many tourist attractions like Orchard Road, the colonial district and Sentosa.

  • Mystery Island, Vanuatu: This South Pacific isle, off the southern tip of the Vanuatu archipelago, is surrounded by perfect beaches and colorful coral reefs offering an intimate beach experience.

Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures: Asia is home to a variety of unique experiences and activities for everyone from adventure-seekers to literature lovers.  

  • Thai Cuisine: Foodies and would-be chefs alike can enjoy cooking lessons at one of Thailand’s top-rated cooking schools, The Blue Elephant, complete with a trip to the fresh market and lessons in Thai flavor profiles.

  • Malaysian Batik Making: In Malaysia, cruisers can learn how to create authentic Malaysian batik, freestyle, handmade silk-screening and tie-dying. Travelers can make their own batik pieces, learning the art from local experts.

  • One-on-One with Orangutans: Animal lovers can enjoy an afternoon at the Semenggoh Wildlife Center, a sanctuary for orphaned orangutans and other injured or abandoned animals in the process of being rehabilitated. Travelers will learn more about the sanctuary’s animal inhabitants and get a personal experience with these primates.

  • Overnight in Temples at Bagan: Travelers interested in ancient culture can take part in the unique overnight tours in the temples at Bagan, a profusion of sacred temples complete with panoramic views and ancient architecture.

  • Sea Caves in Phuket: For adventure-seekers, Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay National Park is home to a sea cave tour where travelers board a three-person Sea Explorer canoe to visit local lagoons and sea caves only accessible by water.

While planning a vacation to any country or region with vast cultural differences may seem intimidating, a few tips and tricks can help ensure that travel adventures remain hassle-free. When cruising the Asian waters, CLIA recommends enlisting an expert on Asia to navigate the details, keeping culture etiquette in mind and discussing dining desires or restrictions in advance when booking a trip.

CLIA Travel Tips when Cruising Asia

  • Enlist an Asia Expert: Travelers can enlist the help of a cruise-certified travel agent specifically knowledgeable about Asia in order to create a tailored cruise vacation based on personal preferences, travel style, and must-dos.

  • Keep the Culture: Asian culture and customs may differ greatly from what travelers are accustomed to at home. Cruisers can purchase guidebooks or download apps to familiarize themselves with what to do, and what not to do, visiting Asian destinations. Travel agents can also offer cultural tips as well.

  • Dine Deliciously: Whether planning to hit the buffet or spend time in onboard cafes, travelers can ensure their dietary needs—be it gluten-free, vegan, or low carb—are met by discussing requirements upfront with a travel agent or ship staff.

More about Plan a Cruise Month:
October is Plan a Cruise Month – a worldwide movement to learn more about cruising and how to plan and take a cruise vacation. The campaign, created by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community, offers insight on the best cruise destinations, special cruise line deals and promotions as well as experts to help navigate the many cruise vacation options available for every travel style and budget. Travelers can find a CLIA-certified cruise specialist at  https://www.cruising.org/cruise-vacationer/cruise-travel-guide/clia-agent-finder.

For more information about Plan a Cruise Month, visit www.Cruising.org.

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 24 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit www.cruising.org or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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