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Accountability

Moving forward responsibly with real accountability
to passengers and crewmembers.

THE FACTS

  • 171

    Number of countries that are members
    of the International Maritime Organization

  • Independent, professional classification societies
    inspect cruise ships for flag states
    and insurers to ensure that ships are compliant
    with all applicable standards and regulations

  • 185

    Number of member states in the
    International Labour Organization,
    which governs labor conditions of crew

Regulation

Cruise lines span the globe, traveling to every continent—which means we operate under international regulations. CLIA contributes to the policy development process and supports measures that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment.  

INFOGRAPHIC

A comprehensive system of regulation.

QUOTE

Lax regulation of cruise lines is a myth.

"We can say without hesitation...the lines of authority for overseeing and enforcing cruise industry regulation are clear and robust.”

ARTICLE

Port states have a major driving role in enforcing local, state and international regulations.

Port states have a major driving role in enforcing local, state and international regulations.

In the U.S., for example, the U.S. Coast Guard is both the main regulator and the enforcement agency. It regularly inspects cruise ships and has full authority to detain them if violations of any treaties or domestic laws are found. Any country whose ports or waters are visited by cruise ships – known as the port state – has full authority to inspect and enforce compliance with international, national, and local regulations.

FAQs

Q. Who regulates cruise lines?

A. The IMO and other regulators.

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