Cruise Ship Tourism
The fastest emerging business in the travel industry is on the cruise line.
Passenger preference has increased on cruise ship usage. Manufacturers of ship lines have noticed a tremendous demand in their clientele wanting more cruise line to march the passenger traffic.
The industry has had to keep up with new innovations though at a cost, with the impact and challenges’ in economic, socio-cultural, environmental and taxation concerns.The cruise ship industry (CSI), has managed to bring with it good economics, where cruise passengers’ and crew have managed to transform locations in terms of trade, in which stopovers are made by the cruise ships; shoreside staffing to which local offices have been set up for ticketing purposes, have experienced a boom in trade as cruise ships disembark a huge number of tourists ready to experience the locations with hard currency.
The impact economically has been advantageous to the local port which has uplifted the level of activities associated with having to pass on tourism in exchange for money.Many governments have taken the initiative as a host port, to have initial capital investment on infrastructure and maintenance costs, absorbing all these costs to the benefit of the cruise line but as long-term strategy for the host government, through tourists using their facilities of hotels and game park visits.
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.
Powerful lobby groups with a strong financial backing have protected their interest in the industry through manipulating lawmakers to their advantage. the CSI tend to use these policies selectively, where it protects employees originating from their mother country but not locals. Its only countries, particularly developed countries with infrastructure and capacity to challenge the industry when the cruise ships use their channels; although the CSI will advise its cruise ship clientele to be more vigilant when using such channels and facilities to avoid penalties’ and the image of the industry as a portrait in the advertisements.
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.
By exploiting the flag of convenience, the cruise ships bring with them a new problem, and challenge in terms of health risk and diseases directly contributed cruise lines, diseases caused by contaminated water that arise from source of water at the port or during loading at the point of origin, or storage or distribution onto the ship, resulting in outbreak of waterborne diseases associated with passenger’s, cargo fishing and naval ships often linked to cruise ships.
The industry needs to take a cue from the airline industry and put measures that will prevent any acts of terrorism.