SHOULD YOU GO ON A CRUISE?

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 […]

Cruise Ship Petition (international)

We are aiming to generate 1,000 signatures by the end of the year, which we will then send to the 5 largest cruise ship companies, Carnival Corporation & plc, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., Star Cruises, MSC Cruises and Celestyal Cruises. If you are a UK resident you can also sign our petition to John Hayes MP, […]

Cruise Ship Petition (UK)

If you are a UK resident please sign our petition which will automatically send an email to John Hayes MP, the Minister of State for Maritime issues. You will receive an automatic response from his constituency office, however the email is addressed to him as the Minister, so we would expect a reply from him as such, in due […]

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 […]

5 Tips Cruise Lines Don’t Give You!

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

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 […]

Cruises Undercover

Reporter Paul Myles writes about his experience as an undercover waiter on board the cruise ship. Stepping off the ship after five weeks on board proved a bittersweet experience. My profound sense of relief was tainted as I thought about my colleagues back on the ship, forcing me to confront some uncomfortable truths about my […]

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