Cruise Ship Tourism
The cruise ship industry, is the fastest growing segment in the travel industry.
Passenger preference has increased on cruise ship usage.Countries that manufacture ships, the ship lines have had a demand in cruise ships and in order to maintain a competitive edge, new innovative options have been added to ensure continued growth.
Though the CSI business has increased out of better facilities being offered, it has come with a cost. The local locality has experienced the influx of tourists and the trade in between increased between the tourists and local traders.
The economic impact results in expenditure being huge, grossly high, generating employment to the locals and increase in bed capacity to those disembarking for a longer period. Though costly at the initial stage, the infrastructure expenditure will be repaid as more cruise ships prefer to have their stopovers in these countries.
The cruise ships often decide to stop at their choice and when they feel like but in normal cases, with all amenities offered within the board, they will as much as possible try to maximize what they have as facilities, charging on premium rates than allow their passengers spend the same currency that they are targeting. It’s a case of cutting out competition from hotels, and lend them, customers, that they have worked hard to get.
It is a costly affair of protectionism but with great returns, financially. The industry relies heavily on under the flag of convenience usually with questionable labor and work safety standards and often have no legal obligation on minimum wage enforcement when having locals work in their ships. The CSI generates a huge stream of waste that affects the marine environment, the environmental costs are significant but cannot be accounted for since the CSI is largely unregulated.
These brings about animosity with the local hotels, having the same line of tourism as the hotel.
Developed countries are concerned with traffic involved with the number of cruise ships using their sea channels and the environmental impact left after.
CSI brings with it across social and cultural effect, whose interaction between locals and cruise passengers brings positive effect depending on the frequency and number of cruise activities.
With the onset of terrorism in the airline industry and other travel agency, laxity on the cruise lines has raised concerns on their capacity to contain terror activities particularly when passing along channels that have frequent attacks by pirates.