CLIA Australasia


Cruise month: Why 2023/24 season will see the best bargains ever

Stand by to be wooed as never before. Australia’s biggest ocean cruise season is just around the corner, and the industry wants to win you over. Whether you are a switcher keen to try new […]

WORDS BY Grant Jones . Sep 29 2023

Cruise lines celebrate their first year at sea with awards and a party

Two years to the week when cruising was banned in Australia thanks to the pandemic, a resurgent industry honoured its own this weekend at the 20th Cruise Industry Awards in Sydney. “We’re back!” announced Joel […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 14 2023

Is the key to restarting Australian cruising a 12-hour docking delay for ships with COVID cases

It’s a tale of two continents: in America, today marks the end of the mandatory health protocols on cruise ships and a change to a voluntary system.  In Australia, cruise ships remain banned and a […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Jan 12 2022

Australia’s cruise return a race against time to salvage the last of the 2021/22 wave season

The cruise industry is expecting to meet NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard and other officials at a watershed meeting shortly to decide how and when cruise ships can return to the state. The meeting will […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Oct 22 2021

Cruise industry aims to reach carbon neutral sailings by 2050

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released a new report which says the industry is aiming to reach carbon neutral cruising by 2050. The new report highlights the cruise industry’s commitment to implementing new policies. […]

WORDS BY Bernadette Chua . Sep 9 2021

Ignored and disrespected – why the cruise industry is angry as wave season hopes are all but dashed

Health Minister Greg Hunt has extended the ban on overseas travel and foreign flagged cruise ships for a further three months, all but dashing hopes of a wave season this year. The announcement came as […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Sep 2 2021

Frustrated cruise ship owners make new bid to win over government with four-phase restart plan

Ship owners lobby group Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has outlined a four-phase pathway to resume cruising in Australia, designed to align with government plans to revive tourism and reopen borders. The cruise pathway has […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Aug 27 2021

Federal government needs to create national guidelines for Australian cruising

The chair of Cruise Lines International Association Australasia says the Northern Territory’s halt to a Kimberley season demonstrates the challenge while there are no federal government guidelines. Last weekend, the Territory health department revealed new […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Mar 30 2021

Why Australia’s new three-month ban has some good news for cruising

The Federal Government announced that it would be extending the cruise ban for an additional three months this week. But the cruise industry took heart from what else the usually taciturn announcement said. Health Minister […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Dec 11 2020

Revealed: Australia’s plan to salvage our summer cruise season

Cruise ships may be based in individual states and sail only local itineraries as part of a phased comeback plan for the cruise industry. Only residents of the state would be allowed to board, with […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Sep 17 2020

Record cruise growth in danger from crowded Sydney port

The debate over a second berth for big cruise ships east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge was re-ignited today at a conference held by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia. Last week, Cruise Passenger reported […]

WORDS BY Peter Lynch . Sep 16 2016