It’s fun to discuss the glitz, glamour and fun the cruise lines provide, but sometimes we forget to recognize all the work they do to give back to our global community. The cruise lines make an enormous amount of charitable contributions, both within our domestic communities and worldwide.
One organization that deserves recognition for their work is the Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), which works to improve the quality of life for individuals in the communities visited by the cruise industry.
CCIF, which is headed by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association, Inc.) is especially appealing for several reasons. Number one on the list is that they support programs that enhance worldwide educational opportunities for youth. Featured programs work to improve literacy, teach basic life skills, and promote good citizenship.
The Foundation also works to enhance student skills in reading, math and science, and helps to promote job creation and training.
Beyond education, one of the main aims of the Foundation is the support of public health and medical research groups aimed at disease prevention. CICF also supports environmental preservation initiatives and the study of enhanced environmental technologies for the maritime sector.
These are very ambitious undertakings, but they are well supported due to assistance from CLIA’s member lines:
AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gaugin Cruises, Pearl Seas Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn, SeaDream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Tauck River Cruising, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Windstar Cruises.