SHOULD YOU GO ON A CRUISE?

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More and more people are going on a cruise – whether on small ships around Scotland or the gigantic new cruise ships that dominate the Caribbean seas. But is this form of tourism ethical and sustainable? Is it acceptable ethically  to take a cruise? The briefing below sets out the issues you need to consider.  It was […]

Small is Beautiful and Green

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Nicola Caygill gives a fresh perspective on cruising. Most of you will be aware of the  questionable practices of big ship cruises, both environmental and social.  I want to balance this with good news from the small ship tourism sector.  I run a small ship cruise company that sells trips on small ships of around […]

5 Tips Cruise Lines Don’t Give You!

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Cruising is everywhere and we’re all at it, though I’m not personally tempted to queue up for one of the 2,747 cabins on the new ‘Harmony of the Seas’.  So Tourism Concern’s new members’ briefing on the cruise industry may not be a happy read but it’s certainly a timely one. The first time Tourism […]

Cruise ships – a floating microcosm of our global economic hierarchy

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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 […]

Cruise tourism – what’s below the surface?

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Cruise Tourism briefing launched Our timely new briefing, Cruise Tourism – what’s below  the surface?  was successfully launched at a special event in March 2016. The briefing is available via either of the buttons below, as are all our reports and Member briefings. The cruise tourism sector is now outpacing leisure or land-based travel. In fact, according to research from the United […]

Floating Abominations: Exposing the Cruise Ship Industry

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Nicola Hill’s analysis of what’s happening in this industry: Every year, over 19 million people, 12 million from North America, ready their sea legs and set sail on a variety of cruise ships around the world. The global cruise ship industry earns upwards of $36 billion in revenue each year, a number that is set […]

Corporate social reporting in the cruise industry

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Dr Xavier Font, Leeds Metropolitan University The cruise sector has been criticized in the past for poor environmental and labour practices and limited positive impacts on the destinations they visit. Some cruise brands have responded by developing systems to manage their impacts and report their practices, while a great majority have not felt the need […]

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