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Going on a Cruise? Do you still want to after you read this?

May 11th, 2013, 06:40 AM
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Sally_Parker, I didn't meet couples who worked but I know that for some working on the cruise lines give workers and their families a better quality of life. Cruises can be the best value for a person's vacation dollars. I think everyone should take a vacation. People work hard for their money to be able to go on vacation. I love land vacations as well as cruises.
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May 11th, 2013, 09:50 PM
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The wife works in the dining room and hubby works as cabin steward. He was our cabin steward and we striked up a conversation with him and he mentioned that his wife also works on board. He also said that they are not allowed to work in the same department. Although they share the same room, but their schedules are different so they don't see each other all that often but he is happy that they are at least together.
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May 27th, 2013, 03:31 AM
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Similar things could be said about any vacation to a poorer country. I have struggled with this - realizing that I may have spent more on this trip than those serving me make in a year. Rationalization to think that without tourist dollars, the plight of these people would be worse? I am not sure. I remember speaking with our tour guide in Egypt 10+ years ago - she spoke of the hardships those in the tourist industry suffered when tourism rates fall due to political events/safety concerns. I wonder often about the guys holding open doors for tips and selling plastic ancient artifact replicas in Abu Simbel - what are they doing these days when the number of Western tourists are lower.

There was an article in travel section of a newspaper this week about Haiti attempting to create a better economy by becoming a tourist/cruise ship destination. I can't think of many other ways to increase employment opportunities and wages in such places.

Social justice issues are never simple.
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May 28th, 2013, 05:51 AM
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And another one:


At least it seems to have been handled better by Royal Caribbean than Carnival.
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Oct 19th, 2013, 03:14 PM
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kenav: It's obvious you are not a cruiser, as you know little about the subject and you what knowlege you have is from the recesses of the past. Just as there are rules on the land, there are rules on the oceans. All cruise shipping lines have ridgid rules for passengers, and it is an offence to be caught throwing anything in the ocean. Ships do not dump sewage in the ocean! If you knew a little more about this process you would be aware that the sewage waste is reduced, dried and recycled as fuel to run some of the many engines on these large floating cities. Any liquid that reaches the ocean is fully treated. So what do you think happens to the waste product that you produce on land?
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