Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) is in regular contact with the U.S. Coast Guard, various ports and tourism officials in Florida on the latest from the Gulf Oil Spill and cruise lines impact.
No change to cruise routes for Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean
In a released statement on June 22 regarding the Gulf Oil Spill, CLIA stated that it is “distressed by the environmental damage already caused and worried about ongoing harm to fragile ecosystems along America’s Gulf and Florida coastlines.” At the present time, all cruise lines are operational with only slight deviations of cruise routes. Cruise lines impacted from the Gulf Oil Spill are Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean. Carnival Cruises’ Carnival Triumph departs from New Orleans, Louisiana and Carnival Elation departs from Mobile, Alabama. Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas has a port of call on Key West.
Carnival Cruise Lines issued statement
Carnival Cruise Lines has issued an updated oil spill statement saying it is deeply concerned about the environmental impact and people in the local communities. Carnival Cruise Lines is closely monitoring the Gulf Oil Spill. It is continuing to operate itinerary schedules in the Gulf of Mexico without disruption. According to spokeswoman for Carnival Cruise Lines, Jennifer De La Cruz, Carnival is “not anticipating any impact to our normal cruise schedules across the entire fleet.” Carnival is urging guests sailing from New Orleans or Mobile to spend time in the ports before or after the cruise.
According to WCTV-6, visitors can follow beach reports from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council (TDC), funded by British Petroleum (BP) with a grant of $252,350. Webcams with actual real time video of beaches and shore conditions have been installed from Alligator Point to Apalachicola with updates by TDCs social media sites.
CLIA social media & Florida Tourism
CLIA is in touch with the federal government for updates of oil spill movement which has shown up on some Florida beaches. So far the negative impact of the oil spill has not impacted cruise operations. CLIA’s Twitter account, @cruisefacts, has had several tweets with oil spill updates as well as Florida Tourism as follows:
intnl travel CLIA: Monitors Gulf Oil Spill Impact on Cruising: CLIA said it joined with Visit Florida and other to… http://bit.ly/8ZZOUi
RT @FloridaTourism: Kudos to Franklin Cty! WCTV: Visitors Follow Beach Reports, Appreciate Honest Assessment http://ht.ly/22Khm#OilSpill
For the latest information, visit Twitter at www.twitter.com/FloridaTourism and Facebook at www.facebook.com/FloridaTourism.
Volunteering in Gulf Oil Spill
For volunteering in the oil spill cleanup, some websites and phone numbers to call.
Deepwater Horizon Response Volunteer Request Line: 866-448-5816
(National Wildlife Federation)
Vessel for Gulf Oil Spill cleanup
If you have a vessel to offer for the cleanup, call 866-279-7983 or 877-847-7470.
Seasite: CLIA Update on Oil Spill and Cruises
WCTV: Visitors Follow Beach Reports and Appreciate Honest Assessment