The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has released new cruise ship safety policies relating to the muster drills and emergency instruction procedures aboard cruise ships and also a policy related to passenger nationality. The CLIA is a global entity, so all new policies will affect every cruise line across the world. These new policies come in the wake of the Costa cruise ship disaster in January and will join the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review that was enacted this year. The Costa ship was filled with over 4,000 people when it submerged & overturned—and many of those passengers didn’t know where to go to seek safety.
The Nationality of Passengers policy will require that the nationality of each passenger aboard the cruise ship is recorded, and that such records are made available to search & rescue staff as needed. The other policy, titled the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy, will serve to provide 12 elements of safety measures and features to be communicated to cruise ship passengers. Emergency routing systems and emergency exits will be included in this safety policy. The CLIA seeks to continue to grow cruise ship safety measures and strive to provide healthy cruise experiences for passengers, and they feel these recent policies are steps to increase safety for all passengers.