The Floating Resort

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The Floating Resort

The Floating Resort
By: Brittany Contreras

Janelle Hoffman
HRM 160
April 6, 2011

The Floating Resort
A cruise is defined as “to make a trip by sea in a liner for pleasure, usually calling at a number of ports.” It is similar to a mobile resort (Dowling, 2006, p. 1). Why be on land when there is an option to travel on top of the beautiful ocean waters? The cruise industry has grown phenomenally in the last thirty-six years-from a mere half-million people a year in 1970 to over 10 million in 2006 (Dickinson & Vladimir, 2008, p. 33). Today most people would rather go on a cruise instead of staying at a hotel. The cost varies considerably between categories, but one can travel quite comfortably for a reasonable cost. Cruises typically include both the stateroom and three meals every day. Shore excursions and off ship activities are a separate cost, but it would not be any different on any vacation. The package portion of the cruise must be paid up front. This makes it easier to budget for a cruise because the majority of the expenses are included in the total price. Usually people spend most of their money on food during a vacation, but when booking a cruise meals are included. What makes a cruise even better is the fact that there is a 24 hour buffet for the passengers. Many places are visited while on the cruise and the hassle of unpacking only happens once. Unpacking is pretty annoying to most people. By choosing a cruise the consumer gets a pretty good value for their dollar. A cruise can be tailored to suite one’s own individual style and taste. Although there are economy struggles in the U.S. the cruise industry has not suffered financially. They are still very successful because people need recreation and leisure to survive. Americans work forty hours per week in order to keep food on the table for their families, but life cannot be all work and no play. Going on a cruise provides...
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