A Steering Committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Secretary Shipping that would act as a nodal body to address all issues regarding Cruise Tourism. The licence will only be granted after the local community have participated in creating a 'limits of acceptable change' document that defines unacceptable changes to culture, environment and local economies as a result of cruise tourism.
Technological drivers Advanced technology: continuing development and availability of technology is facilitating and lowering the cost of on-board communication. Furthermore, cruise tourism can also bring negative impact on a destination, for example environmental pollution.
They should also organise road shows in their main target countries and arrange for familiarisation trips for representatives of target cruise lines.
Many large cruise ships are for example already offering wireless internet on-board. A proportion of food and produce will be sourced locally as above. Cruise lines operate their ships virtually 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Furthermore, cruise ships can damage coral reefs and ecosystems and produce a large amount of waste water and solid waste which can be a major despoiler of the natural environment.
Smaller ships are generally more in line with the capacity in Developing Countries than large cruise ships. Competitive pricing: cruise lines focus on the balance per port when developing itineraries, taking into consideration excursion revenues, port fees, tugboat tariffs, taxes and agency fees.
They have to develop policies that safeguard their nature and culture and that limit potential negative impacts. This means that it is very important for cruise destinations and local suppliers to invest in online marketing, for example a mobile-friendly website.
In just over three months, the ship sailed to TaorminaCataniaSyracuseMaltaCorfuPatrasDelphiZanteAthensSmyrnaConstantinople, delighting passengers with excursions and guided tours, dancing, card tables on the deck and parties on board.
In future, they will be subject to a tax that will be used by the local government for conservation and development.