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The Social Economic and Environmental Impacts of Cruise Liners and Cruise Passengers

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The Social Economic and Environmental Impacts of Cruise Liners and Cruise Passengers The explosive growth of the cruise industry in the last few years has resulted in an overwhelming number of choices for consumers. Whether you are looking for complete relaxation and pampering, non-stop activity and adventure, an exotic destination, or a family cruise that caters to both kids and grown-ups, there is a cruise that is right for you. Passengers booking a luxury cruise can expect to be greeted on arrival with a complimentary bottle of champagne; to have a spacious cabin with a walk-in wardrobe, an elegant bathroom, a well stocked mini-bar and 24 hour room service - with full in-suite dining available during restaurant hours. They never have to queue to get food and drink, and never have to wait to use equipment in the gym or be seated in the dining room because such ships have more than enough space to accommodate everybody onboard in comfort. ...read more.


Generally speaking, however, the time spent ashore is minimal, leaving the visitor little time to move around and explore the cultures of the society in question. It is obvious, therefore, that tourist bubbles raise questions about the authenticity of the experience. Whilst in reality cruise passengers on a day visit to a port have the opportunity to venture beyond the cruise ship tourist bubble, into the "real" world, one cannot but help asking whether they do in fact have enough time to venture out further then the port peripheries? And if not, does the port also offer the staged authenticity as the cruise liner, that is to say does the port cater for what the visitor expects to experience in that particular destination? Furthermore, considering little time is given to explore the destination, does the visitor have enough time to take a peak into the shops of the locality visited? Moreover, if not enough time is available would the visitor rather stopover at the most renown site of that destination? ...read more.


The serious environmental impacts of cruise liners also feature as a cause for concern. With the birth of huge new cruise liners carrying thousands of passengers, it comes as no surprise that pollution, especially marine pollution, is on the increase as these cruise liners discharge gallons of sewage, oily water, chemicals and waste into the sea. As cruise liners develop so do the services they offer such as showers, sinks, laundry facilities, dish washers all extremely causal pollutants which lead to the dumping of enormously large amounts of grey water into the seas each day. Despite this harsh reality, cruise holidays remain the fastest-expanding sector in the leisure market. As a result, rigorous environmental standards need to be drawn up and proper enforcement of such standards need to be ensured if the industry wishes to continue to flourish. We can no longer enjoy the beauty of a floating dream holiday at the expense of our environment for society, the economy and the environment are all intertwined and the destruction of one may, sooner rather then later, create a disastrous ripple effect which will undoubtedly leave the tourism industry crippled. ...read more.

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