CLIA represents 95% of the world’s ocean-going cruise capacity, as well as 54,000 travel agents, 15,000 of the largest travel agencies in the world, and industry stakeholders, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, and business services. We are the only association that brings together ocean cruise lines and river cruise operators with travel agents and the wider cruise community. The cruise industry is one of Europe’s success stories supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs and contributing to economies.

Find out more on our site and meet our team across Europe below.

Quick links to our key content across Europe

Innovation & Sustainability

The cruise industry supports the long-term objectives of the EU Green Deal and is committed to pursuing net carbon neutral cruising in Europe by 2050. We are driving innovation to help achieve these commitments.


CLIA publishes regular reports analysing the economic impact of the cruise industry on economies. Over 400,000 jobs across Europe are supported by our industry.

Responsible travel

We work in partnership with cruise destinations around Europe as part of our vision to be leaders in responsible travel.

The cruise industry is a European success story

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Marie-Caroline Laurent

Director General

Ukko Metsola


Julie Green

Strategic Communications & Media

+32 472 57 01 69

Martyn Griffiths

Public Affairs Director & Media

+32 479 97 21 56

Nikos Mertzanidis

European Government Affairs Director

Paul Altena

European Maritime Policy Manager

Marieke de Bakker

Senior Manager, Governance and Administration


Maria Deligianni

National Director, Eastern Mediterranean

Francesco Galietti

National Director, Italy

Helge Grammerstorf

National Director, Germany

Alfredo Serrano

National Director, Spain

Tor Christian Sletner

National Director, Scandinavia

Joost Van Ree

Director, Partner Relations

Claudia Marmorato

Director, Partner Relations

Andrew Walker

Senior Director, Membership & Events