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CLIA shares the industry’s top five best practices for keeping guests and crew healthy.

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With winter coming, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) shares the industry’s top five best practices for keeping guests and crew healthy.

From cleaning practices to guest screening and public health inspections, cruise lines adopt several measures for keeping all onboard well, including:

1. Sanitation: Trained crew members regularly clean and sanitize the ship. Staterooms are cleaned at least once a day and common areas such as restaurants, snack areas, pools and elevators are cleaned throughout the day. 

2. Screening: The importance of early detection cannot be understated, which is why the cruise industry implements pre-boarding health screenings. These screenings along with a health questionnaire help identify ill passengers or crew members prior to boarding by indicating if they or their traveling companions have had recent symptoms of illness. 

3. Medical Facilities: CLIA Cruise Lines and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) developed and implemented guidelines on cruise ship medical facilities. 

4. Collaboration: Cruise lines work closely with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in a comprehensive effort to employ preventative practices to achieve the highest standards of public health onboard cruise ships. 

5. Training: Onboard staff must be trained in first aid and public health practices. Regardless of a crew member’s job onboard, they are trained in safety and first aid procedures, such as emergency procedures, signals and alarms; evacuation procedures; and fire prevention and fire safety.

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