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As the world continues to address challenges regarding COVID-19, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has been communicating with River Cruise Operators around the world, as well as leading health authorities and our partners across the wider travel community, to help coordinate efforts during the ongoing suspension of worldwide operations. This page has been created in support of the travel trade by bringing together resources that may be useful at this time, and includes content from across the river cruise community.
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Which River Cruise Operators work with CLIA?
CLIA is the only association that brings together ocean cruise lines and river cruise operators with travel agents and the wider cruise community.
CLIA works with river cruise operators around the world, some of which work with CLIA globally, and others that work regionally in either Europe or Australasia.
The river cruise sector has grown rapidly in recent years, with river cruises visiting 340 destinations and offering holidays on up to 39 rivers across the world
How do River Cruise Operators promote onboard health?
River cruise operators go to great lengths to support the health and wellness of all onboard; indeed, the health, safety and wellness of guests and crew is the highest priority and fundamental to their operations.
From cleaning practices to public health inspections, onboard guest hygiene to guest screening, river cruise operators work vigorously to help keep guests and crew healthy.
Proximity to shore means there is close access to local emergency services throughout a voyage.
How are river cruise operators governed?
River cruise operators sail solely in internal waters under the jurisdiction of various countries and localities, rather than in international waters.
Consequently, river cruise operators are subject to local and national laws and can fall under multiple different authorities during a single cruise. While the governing rules may vary according to the jurisdiction – the one constant will be the standards set by the river cruise operator along the entire route.
Who else is part of the River Cruise Community?
People are at the heart of the cruise community—small- and medium-sized businesses and independent business owners that extend well beyond the cruise industry—and are the backbone of our economies.
This community includes travel agents and travel agencies, airlines, hotels, taxi drivers, baggage handlers, restaurant workers, local museums and attractions, and a variety of other supply chain businesses and industries.
Indeed, CLIA has an Executive Partner Program in place that embraces many businesses within the river cruise sector to ensure that the whole community is engaged at every level.
How do the economic benefits of river cruising extend to other communities?
River cruising traverses through the heart of countries bringing economic benefits to towns and cities along the river routes and further inland.
Those benefits extend to businesses such as local attractions, vineyards, museums, parks, tour guides and coach operators.
Many river cruise operators purchase supplies from local communities.
As we prepare to sail again, a strong cruise community will be critical to supporting the much-needed economic recovery.
How does the River Cruise Community focus on Sustainable Tourism?
The river cruise community is a leader and innovator in sustainable tourism and offers one of the best ways to experience the world.
How does the River Cruise Community work with destinations?
Sustainable travel means adopting a responsible approach towards destination management and stewardship.
As river cruises operate in internal waters, and travel through countryside and cities, respect for communities and surrounding habitats along the routes is a top priority.
River cruise operators work in partnership with local governments, NGOs and communities to identify appropriate solutions relevant to the local circumstances. Initiatives include social enterprise projects to encourage local artisan businesses, conservation projects to support animal conservation, and community programs to deliver local sanitation and access to clean water.
The continuing growth of travel in recent years has led to an exponential increase in the popularity of some destinations. While the cruise industry only represents a fraction of the overall tourism market, we recognise our responsibility to play our part.
We respect the local culture and heritage of the destinations we visit, not only for the sake of the local communities but also for the benefit of future generations. Our actions are motivated solely by being the right things to do.
How does River Cruising promote environmental stewardship?
River cruise operators are committed to responsible tourism practices and the highest standards of environmental stewardship. River cruise operators are committed to the protection of rivers, avoiding waste discharge, and adhering to local environmental regulations along the route.
Many river cruise operators are adopting new practices and technologies to promote energy efficiency, water conservation and recycling. The use of shore power is increasingly becoming the norm in many areas.
Please see a small sample of environmental stewardship initiatives from our river cruise operators below:
American Cruise Lines
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
Amadeus River Cruises
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
TUI (River) Cruises
Heritage Cruise Line