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OCCUPY Cruises – Bailouts for the 99%

Written by: Kuki

Through my unscientific research, and very questionable systemic anaylsis, we learn that only the top 1% of the population has the means, or contacts necessary, to sail in the top suites onboard a cruise ship.

 And of those who have most, have done so on the backs of every other cruiser onboard.

We the 99 % are expected to pay a larger percentage of our income for far inferior accomodations than the rich have available to them (with the exception of the few filthy rich who are too cheap to pay for better suites).

It’s been said that the 1% are the job creators. Afterall the numbers of staff required to service the 1% suites guests is  a substantially higher ration than what is necessary to service the 99%, and that doesn’t even include the private bulters. But isn’t it the 99% who are bearing the extra burden of housing, clothing, and feeding those extra staff needed to serve the 1%?

While the numbers in the 1% have grown, filling even more luxury suites as more are added, the numbers of the 99% have been reduced, based solely on their inability to cruise because they don’t live close enough to an embarkation port.

When cruising began it was strictly for the world of the 1%. Then as Capitalism began to work as planned, a great middle class grew, and slowly they discovered it was possible for them to cruise. They could be on the same ship as the fantastically wealthy; eat in dining rooms which had been the exclusive property of the rich; and in fact may even be seated at tables in the dining room right next to the filthy rich. They were ordering from the same menus as the 1%, and drinking from the same water fountains as the filthy rich.

At the time the system worked perfectly, because the 1% super rich were paying high enough fares that they were indeed supplementing the fares the middle class were expected to pay.

Now, because of higher expectations and the lobbying efforts of the 1%, the system has been turned from it’s core. Just because they are paying higher fares, the 1% now suddenly find themselves dining in restraurants and dining rooms exclusively for their use. Sundecks, and swimming pools are hidden from the masses, exclusively for use of the 1 %.

The 99% are left to eat cake (and a more restrictive list of desserts). They are being forced to eat foods which fit more directly in value to what they are paying for their cruise fare. And they are not going to stand for it! If the 1 % are no longer going to subsidize the more luxurious cruise experience, the 99% are now going to insist government regulators step into to ensure they can continue to receive the level of cruise goods and services they themselves, through no fault of their own,  are not willing to pay for.

I’m 99% sure I’m right.

- A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising -

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Comments

Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time December 13, 2011 at 6:13 am

Not long ago there was a true “class system” on ocean liners. Not all were the famous liners we all wish we could have sailed, either. Consider the humble – no run down AUSTRALIS, BRITTANIS and Italian uglies like the VERDI and dozens of other, where the first class passnegers never saw the imigrant or near steerage booked passenger. I actually did sail on the QE2 with a two class system transatlantic, I in first class, it was not all that bad, first class passengers had the run of the entire ship, second-or-tourist, did not. I actually hated it and never did it again. My liberal life could not accept this caste syatem.

So now we have restricted areas for adults, tanning and so forth. These ships won’t see me on board. This is pure segregation with a price tag, and I for one do not support it ant any cost, or for free.

Having pay for alternative restaurants is one thing, everyone can take a whack at it as often as they wish. I usually dine once at the alternative venue, and enjoy – hopefully I enjoy – my assigned wait staff in the MDR.

Kuki, you made several key points thjat are very important for would be passsngers especially.

Comment from Kuki
Time December 14, 2011 at 7:58 am

ooops .. sorry Kennenth…. but this whole blog was really meant “tongue in cheek”. Guess my satirist tools need some more sharpenining.

Comment from Jason Thompson
Time December 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

This is making me get the cruise fever. This stuff just got real.

Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time December 15, 2011 at 9:34 am

Yes, I know, tongue in cheek – tht is why I counter, much line Penn and Teller, to “make things exciting!”

Sort of brings the sublime reality, to what is one heck of a way to travel.

Comment from Bob
Time December 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

“While the numbers in the 1% have grown, filling even more luxury suites as more are added, the numbers of the 99% have been reduced”

Wait, what? Does that mean the 1% is now really the 1.5% and the 99% is down to 98.5%. Those darn rich people are taking everything from us. Darn them!

Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time December 16, 2011 at 6:31 am

Ah and the cable news press keeps pounding Newt for sailing Silver Sea – what if he and the Bride of Tiffanys sailed ———-enough, picture Newt in a onesie at the pool 0- too much for my liberal likes

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