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  1. Hi Rick…I have been on 'I think 8' cruises; I love you shared things I too think! I so agree with everything, I too worry about protecting some fragile little towns we have seen, but look at the tourism it brings; I have been on Regent & spoiled with a Butler & then 'Won' and Amazon River cruise from the Steve Harvey show…and enjoyed them equally. It is what you said "meeting the people"…each cruise we create very special bonds with the other travelers. When the forecast changes from sunny & 70 to 45 and rainy through the British Islands you get chummy with others from 'laughing it off'. A Castle (& no it's not true when you've seen one you've seen them all) like Dunrobin in Scotland or the Titanic Museum for instance become the central focus on your day & not any silly weather to ruin your experience; you bond & shake it off. Love your travel 'everything'…thank you for your expertise, trying to catch up with you one booking at a time. Hugs, Barbie

  2. I appreciate your thoughts and questioning things. Thats a good thing. We are all never done learning until we refuse to be. Or let our ego dominate. No matter what our position in life is..if we show love to all others.. we will be on the right track.

  3. I just got home from my very first cruise yesterday. While I still have conflicted feelings about cruise travel, I learned a couple things. First, our trip was re-routed due to the recent hurricane activity in the Caribbean. One port we visited was in Belize (an amazing place I barely considered visiting before!). During the excursion we went on, one of our guide's thanked us stating that our visit gave them a day of work. In fact, many of the locals repeatedly thanked us for travelling to their country and said they hoped we would come back for a longer visit.
    While tourism can have negative side effects, it is also important to remember how much touist money is needed as part of a countries economy.
    Secondly, as someone who has worked in the hospitality industry before, I know how fortune many of the workers feel about the jobs they have. Yes, they have to be separated from their loved ones, but because of these jobs they are able to provide a much better life for themselves and their families.

  4. I appreciate your perspective Rick.

    Since you asked what I think… I think that anytime there is commerce between cultures there is the possibility of exploitation. I'm sure you're probably aware of this better than anyone commenting here, myself included. In the abstract, there's nothing inherently wrong with employing people of one ethnicity to a service industry that caters to another ethnicity, or facilitating tourism by wealthy people from one country to a poorer part of the world. The issue is human dignity and enlightenment. Exploitation happens when the transaction favors one side over the other, in practical terms, when the money side of the equation dictates to and takes advantage of the service side.

    What is needed is men and women of vision in the boardrooms and corporate offices of the Tourism Industry itself. "We can milk the travel lemon for all it's worth…until we use and abuse our ports of call past the point of no return, or we can partner with the people who live in our destinations, and help them maintain their culture and their economy, build something mutual and win-win. So what's it going to be? Crass, short-term thinking? Or long-term partnership?"

    In the same way that international aid can actually impoverish the people it's trying to help, international tourism can actually erode and (in the worst cases) destroy the very cultures it depends on. That's one reason I appreciate your shows so much. The emphasis is always on meeting the real people and understanding life in a different part of the world. So, how do we get the Tourism Industry thinking along these lines? By getting the public figures of international tourism to raise the standards and the expectations of everyone's thinking. In otherwords: keep up the good work!

  5. Imagine that, people working to support their families. Wish there were more in the US that would adopt that theory. Rick, you have made a living duping white people for years. Et tu, Brute? Rick, how is your "Carbon Footprint"?

  6. I've often thought about the ethics of cruising. Those folks working on the ships don't make much, and the ship does pollute quite a bit. I have been on several cruises, and honestly I didn't really care for them. Yes, it's nice that everything is taken care of, and you can essentially eat 24 hours a day if you like. But my favorite trips are ones that are only roughly planned, with loose deadlines aside from beginning and end date. It adds a level of spontaneity that you just don't have with cruise ships. On another hand, cruising is a good way to get a sampling of a country or countries that you may want to take an extended trip to.

  7. I'd be more concerned with the environmental impact over the ethical impact (although both are related) as it's been well documented that cruise ships are huge polluters and often dump their junk out (no recycling/composting, dumping raw sewage) in international waters to skirt laws.
    Not to mention the insane cover up on assaults and such.
    Sure planes pollute too, but it's a ton less than a cruise ship.
    Having said all that, I'd be curious to try it if the environmental factors are improved.

  8. While I've never been on a cruise ship… yet… I do have a friend who is thankful for that option. He is my age, 62, and his wife is in the early stages of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. They worked hard perusing the American Dream and put off their dream of traveling. Once they got the diagnoses, they focused on what they could still do together. At this stage of his wife's disease, cruising is about the only traveling my friend's wife can do. And even that takes careful planning.

    I bet there are many stories of folks with disabilities who can't deal with the rigors of most travel, but can handle getting on a cruise ship.

  9. Always enjoy your thoughts about traveling, Rick…we have been taking your books with us for years and always watch your DVDs to plan our itineraries…you have saved us so much money and helped us travel within a local culture..we often travel by local trains and buses, or drive around a country..and sometimes add a cruise to see more places on a budget…love your daily blogs…enjoy that wine!

  10. The crew is happy to have this job and tips than stay in their country looking for work. It would be great if their country had sufficient work for all but it's not like that even in our country. But the socio-economic class is everywhere, our jobs your production company, every company.

  11. Good thoughts Rick. Yes, there are tragedies in the world. The question you have to ask yourself is, can you reasonably do anything about it? If not, just enjoy your life to the best of your ability. What else are you supposed to do? There are always good things and bad things happening in the world. Important to question of course, but then you've just got to carry and and follow your own path. Seven billion people in this world, there will always be people having a hard time somewhere (including us at one point or another).

  12. Rick always doing his part to make travel more than just being a tourist. And good to see that even a public personality like Rick is just as human as the rest of us. Enjoy that bottle and life as well. The way you enjoy life is contagious which is probably why so many love your shows and videos. Thanks.

  13. If you eat meat and dairy, don't worry about the environmental impact of cruising, your everyday diet contributes far more harm to the environment than an occasional cruise. In fact, animal agriculture contributes more greenhouse gasses than all the world's cars, trucks, ships, planes, trains, bikes, etc combined.

  14. I don't really think that cruising is traveling to be honest but I get that there are people out there who want a small taste of the world without all of the headache that can come with real travel. Ps: love your big chair Rick! Have a glass of wine for me! Cheers!

  15. I love that your doing a show about cruising!!! I live in Alaska and we love cruise ship season as it adds so much money to our economy. As far as the ship being mostly white…my Mexican husband loves to cruise so believe me there are plenty of people of color on those ships:-) It does concern me the size of ships that just keep getting bigger….especially in small ports. I don't like when the size of the ships dwarf the towns they have come to visit and I wish the cruise companies would make smaller ships again.

  16. Thanks Rick, but you didn't sufficiently emphasise the enormous negative impact of mass tourism. It seems to me that cruising is the biggest contributing factor to this rapidly growing problem. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people can be suddenly offloaded en masse into a fragile physical and socio-economic environment – Venice, for example. You hinted about this as an ethical concern but didn't tackle it as a major theme.

    Also, cruise companies are aggressively criticised for using very low-grade sulphur-laden waste diesel fuel – again you touched on this but it's an enormous problem which is ignored by the cruise companies which use this fuel when the ships are in international waters where they are not subject to anti-pollution laws (higher quality fuel is used while the ships are in port running their engines to generate electrical power. Local laws in some ports stipulate that cruise ships must plug into local power supplies and must shut their engines down.) I've read that the air quality on the open decks below the funnels can be as bad as that at street level in Delhi or Shanghai.

    So yes, a complex issue which deserves a lot of attention, as you rightly say.

  17. Hey Rick thanks for asking for a few perspectives. I live in a small Alaskan port town that gets one or two cruise ships a week in the summer. There are other Alaskan towns (Juneau, Skagway) that get four or more a day. I host independent wildlife and raft tours and drive folks around. And I too am of two minds about it. First of all I do meet many folks for whom this is a once in a lifetime dream. People who are positively amazed by the scenery, the animals, the community, and overall the sense of vast space. I have also worked with the larger tours coming off the ships. Overall I'd say most people on larger tours don't really have any idea where they are. It's almost like a movie for them. There was once a woman who complained that the weather was too cold on a normal day. She was expecting Alaska to be as warm as Hawaii, because she thought they were next to each other on the map somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico. I actually heard her say that myself. The large ports have endless arrays of gift stores. And more importantly diamond stores. And those are owned by the cruise lines. Then there is the issue of falsification. You can go see Russian dancing in Sitka because Sitka used to be Russian. Well Sitka isn't Russian anymore and there are no genuinely Russian dancers in Sitka. It's just a show for the tourists. Fortunately my little town has very little like that. We are the genuine thing. And folks really appreciate that. Not all. But many. And we, locals, certainly enjoy taking them around. But there are indeed many issues here Rick. Personally I'm a truly independent traveler. And I encourage people to come back on their own. And some do.

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