by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 19, 2012

The Cruise Lines International Association, along with eight other cruise organizations, have joined forces to become a new association, which will still operate under under the CLIA banner. The eight groups are the European Cruise Council, Asia Cruise Association, Passenger Shipping Association, France's AFCC, Brazil's ABREMAR, Northwest and Canada Cruise Association, Alaska Cruise Association and International Cruise Council Australasia. The combined association was created to provide increased benefits and a globally unified voice for cruise lines, travel agents and business partners. The organization will continue to be helmed by CLIA's current global executive committee chaired by Carnival Corp.'s vice chairman, Howard Frank; Christine Duffy remains as CLIA's president and CEO.