At any one time, approximately 200,000 seafarers are sailing on CLIA member lines' ships around the world.
CLIA president and ceo Cindy D'Aoust called seafarers 'indispensable.'
'They represent all workers on board, from the captain to medical personnel to the stewards who make up passenger staterooms. 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,' she said.
CLIA member lines are required to comply with international regulations that ensure the safety, security and fair treatment of the crew, as established by the International Maritime Organization and the International Labor Organization, and enforced by government authorities including the US Coast Guard.
The cruise industry supports the Maritime Labor 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.