Cruises in the Caribbean: Who does not benefit? Cruise tourism, in todays society, has increasingly become a more popular niche market with in the travel industry for over the past 4 decades world-wide (Wild, G.P. (International) Ltd, 2004, p.15). Although it is a relatively old concept for tourists to travel around the world to different destinations, destinations such as the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean is a relatively new trend including the luxury and innovative experience that is currently provided on-board cruise liners (Pinnock, 2014). Within this essay, a critical analysis will be discussed of who does not benefit from Cruises within and around the Caribbean, including local citizens, domestic and on-board employees of…show more content… Since the latter of the 1950’s, the change of use of ships as a means of purely transporting passengers, has given cruise ship companies the opportunity to exploit the Caribbean and promote it as the most desired destination to visit (Wood, 2000). Royal Caribbean Cruise ltd was founded in 1969 and was the company that revamped the concept of using ships as passenger transportation and created the widely known luxury cruise ship that caters to every passengers needs from multiple restaurants to a fitness centre and cinemas. As cruise ships continuing to be built larger and more luxurious, the introduction of post panamax ships, the growth of in passenger numbers will also increase meaning the cost and benefits of cruising holidays may be greatly outweighed. Social, environmental, economic and cultural impacts have to be taken into consideration (Wilkinson, 1999, Hritz & Cecil, 2008).
An inequality of power distributed across the industry has created high concern about the unsustainability of cruise tourism. With the extremely irresponsible distribution of power, costs and benefits, the host nation and stakeholder will inevitably become detached therefore having a detrimental effect on the industry (Pinnock, 2014). Wilkinson examines the Caribbean’s resources that will enable them to