Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation Commemorates Coast Guard Day

Aug 03, 2012, 10:18 ET from Cruise Lines International Association

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of Coast Guard Day tomorrow, August 4, the charity funded by the Cruise Lines International Association member cruise lines, Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation (CICF), announces a $5,000 donation to Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

"The cruise industry today thanks and honors the thousands of men and women that make up the U.S. Coast Guard for their service to our nation," said CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy, on behalf of CICF. "They work tirelessly each day, working with our member cruise lines and our partners to protect our passengers and crew, and keep our ships safe. We owe a deep debt of gratitude to the members of the Coast Guard and their families."

The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance fund was established as the "League of Coast Guard Women" in 1924. Today, it continues to operate separately from the Coast Guard to aid all members of the entire Coast Guard family, promoting financial stability of active duty and retired military personnel, civilian employees, reservists, and their families.

The cruise industry works with the Coast Guard to help ensure safety, screen crew and passengers, inspect the ships, and to promote environmental stewardship, including through compliance with air emissions standards. The Coast Guard was signed into action by President George Washington in 1790.

The nonprofit Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the largest global cruise industry organization. CLIA represents the interests of 26 member lines, 15,000 travel agents, and 120 executive partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers, supporting measures that foster a safe, secure and healthy cruise ship environment. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members across North America. For more information on CLIA, the cruise industry, and CLIA-member cruise lines and travel agencies, visit CLIA can also be followed on the Cruise Lines International Association's Facebook and Twitter fan pages, and CEO Christine Duffy can be followed @CLIACEO and

SOURCE Cruise Lines International Association