When most people think of taking a cruise, they imagine visiting exotic places, lounging by the pool or beach and sipping on exotic drinks. Add to this the promise of all you can eat gourmet food and days of pampering and you have what sounds like the vacation of a lifetime. This is for good reason. The cruise industry spends millions of dollars a year in advertising to ensure that this fantasy image fills the minds of not only potential cruisers but also veteran cruiser in hopes that they will return. Cruises were once thought of as a type of vacation exclusive to only those with the big bucks. However, advertising campaigns by modern cruise lines have been very successful in convincing customers that there is a cruise for every, budget, vacation preference and family dynamic. From Carnival 's "Fun Ships" to Royal Caribbean 's rock climbing walls and onboard inline skating, cruise lines are putting a lot work into moving away from the perceived "stuffiness" of the past in hopes of attracting new customers. Unfortunately most consumers become so engulfed in the fantasy that they fail to ask important questions about issues that could not only affect their enjoyment of their vacation but also their lives. For example, stories about cruise fires and missing cruisers in the news are often dismissed as exceptions to the norm by consumers. Although people are aware that they use the bathroom and create waste aboard ships, most people to not question how their waste is disposed of. Why are most of the ship 's crew members from third world or other foreign countries? To put more thought into these incidents would destroy the fantasies that the cruise industry and customers themselves have created. The truth is that most dream cruise vacation comes at a large price to our environment, human rights and the safety of the passengers themselves.
Environmental Concerns Cruise ships are illegally discharging waste into our
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