Cruise ships: What the FOC?

Most cruise ships sail under something called a ‘Flag of Convenience’ – an ‘FOC’.  This means that companies choose to register their ships in a country other than the country of ownership. Common FOC nations include Liberia, Panama and the Bahamas. Flying an FOC means that ships are subject to less regulation, making it more […]

Cruise ships – a floating microcosm of our global economic hierarchy

Paul Myles, undercover reporter, highlights that Titanic-style divisions below deck on luxury cruises are still evident 100 years on, exploiting an international workforce. The Titanic, and its striking imagery of the cross-section of Edwardian life, is vividly ingrained on our imaginations. Upstairs: the luxury, the opulence, champagne and chandeliers. Below deck: Irish migrants, Italian waiters, the […]