Royal Caribbean: Exotic Promises and Toxic Waters

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Unit Seven Case Study: Royal Caribbean: Exotic Promises and Toxic Waters
August 6, 2013

Royal Caribbean and other cruise companies use images of excursions in pristine waters in their marketing campaigns. However these cruise companies are illegally dumping in the waters they are using in their marketing campaigns. Oceana, an organization that campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans performed an analysis on illegal dumping by cruise companies, compiled from reports by the Environment Protection Agency and the cruise industry (Johnson, T. & Arnold, D., 2007, p. 554). The research shows that the typical cruise ship can produce up to 30,000 gallons of sewage a day (Johnson, T. & Arnold, D., 2007, p. 554). Also
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It the responsibility of cruse companies to keep their waste out of our oceans. The legislation and laws making certain levels of black water, gray water, and oily bilge discharge illegal protect and restore the world’s oceans. Such legislation and laws can help prevent any future pollution problems and harm being done to the fragile coastlines and reef ecosystems. Some oppose such legislation and laws because they are too hard enforce. Also, many companies that have been charged with fines in the past for illegal dumping continue to do so; its effectiveness comes into question. Cruise ships are difficult to supervise and regulate. Many cruise lines are based in other countries; this is problematic for proper regulation because of the variance in environmental laws. The second is that many cruise liners travel in international waters, where no immediate oversight is present, and most laws protecting the environment are inapplicable (Johnson, T. & Arnold, D., 2007, p. 554). The Coast Guard and the government of the territory where the pollution takes place should be responsible for bringing environmental offenders

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