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Marine Tourism, Climate Change, and Resilience in the Caribbean, Volume II by Samantha Hogenson, Martha Honey, Kreg Ettenger

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Chapter 4

Cruise Tourism

Overview—Cruise Ship Holidays and Climate Change: The Lure of Playgrounds at Sea

Martha Honey

Today, the Caribbean is “the dominant cruise destination, accounting for more than a third (35.5 percent) of global deployment capacity market share,”1 according to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Cruises represent a key pillar of the Caribbean tourism industry, competing toe-to-toe for travelers with sun-and-sand resorts. Indeed, cruise ship vacations are the fastest growing sector of the leisure travel industry,2 with ship size and numbers, passengers, ports, and profits all on the rise. The number of cruise passengers globally jumped nearly 50-fold in the past five decades—from 500,000 in 1970 to 1.5 million ...

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