Has The Caribbean Cruise Lost Its Lustre For You?
Written by: Kuki
These days, when ships visit Caribbean ports of call, you’ll find many more people simply staying onboard to enjoy the ship for the day, or getting off the ship for a short while to have a stroll around, or shop a bit. This probably isn’t news that the island’s departments of tourism want to hear, but it appears to be the reality.
Aware of this, and likely not to disturbed by the trend (since more time onboard by passengers translates to more money spent onboard) cruise lines have built many of their own pier-side facilities to make their passengers happy, and separate those passengers from their money. A good example of this is in Grand Turk, where Carnival built a pier-side shopping area, along with a Jimmy Buffets Margaretville, complete with a large swimming pool, and flow-rider for passengers to entertain themselves. Really, not much different than what they could be doing on the ship.
Caribbean cruise passengers are also more conscious of some of the rising crime rates on the islands, and frankly most of the islands don’t have the resources to combat and control that crime.
Those crime rates tend to encourage even more passengers to stick to areas close to the ship, or not even get off the ship.
For a variety of reasons, including those mentioned already, the cruise lines are moving their ships further a field, to all parts of the world. Europe has shown the most growth in cruise ships visits; with more ships being located there than ever before. The decline in the value of the Euro against the U.S. dollar has also made European cruises much more attractive to passengers from the United States, and has given people growing a bit tired of visiting the same Caribbean ports over and over again an alternative.
The cruise lines put more resources and research into plotting and projecting trends than the rest of us would ever do. It’s their business to keep their industry alive, growing, vibrant and attractive to past passengers and prospective passengers, and there are lots of brilliant people working in the cruise industry. They are both foreseeing trends, and trying to set trends.
Are they right? Are you tired of the “same old” Caribbean, and look to a wider variety of itineraries now? Do you still enjoy sailing to the Caribbean, but stay on the ship, and skip port visits more now? Or do you continue to love the Caribbean islands, and still look for new things to do when your ship stops there?
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Posted: August 3rd, 2010 under Kuki.