Alcohol on Carnival Cruise 2011

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  • IAN SALISBURY
  • MarketWatch
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1. Our ships can sink,but not us.

The cruise industry has suffered poor seasons in recent times.First,the Costa Concordia,operated by Carnival Corp.,which ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012,leaving 32 dead.After the Carnival Triumph suffered a fire in the engine room which left incapacitated to the boat in the Gulf of Mexico.Although there were no injuries,thousands of passengers were stranded for days without power,water or bathrooms enabled.As a result,Carnival,the industry leader with about U.S. $ 15 000 million in annual revenue,announced in April that it would spend U.S. $ 300 million in the next two to three years to improve fire prevention and electricity reserves in their boats.

These incidents? Prospects will damage the cruise industry in the long term?Probably not,experts suggest as analyst William Mack of S & P Capital IQ.After all,this is the industry that rebounded after the sinking of the Titanic.

The cruises are still a hugely popular means of travel. More than 16 million people sailed in 2011,the latest year for which figures are available,nearly double the previous decade,according to the International Association of Cruise Lines.

There are many pros: often cruises include all meals in the ticket price,so do not require much planning,and are relatively more affordable compared to a journey through several cities on their own.

Two. Does it bring an upset stomach? It could be more than a sickness.

In February,118 passengers aboard the Vision of the Seas of Royal Caribbean Cruises contracted the norovirus,a highly contagious virus characterized by diarrhea and vomiting.

The Centers for Disease Control and Disease Prevention United States (CDC,for its acronym in English),warn that the spaces and the constant traffic of passengers seem to ships (such as prisons and hospitals) particularly susceptible to virus outbreaks.A CDC recommendation offered to passengers: wash your hands frequently and drink plenty of water.Cruise operators are also trying to contain outbreaks,and some now offer hand sanitizer dispensers near the entrances to restaurants,swimming pools and other common areas.

The CDC identifies seven norovirus outbreaks so far this year,defined as incidents where more than 3% of passengers reported symptoms.

The Association Cruise Lines International notes that the possibility that a passenger from getting the virus in an outbreak is one in 3, 700.

Three. We have an alcohol problem.

Drink and sea travel have kept pace for a long time and still is. "A cruise is a vacation trip, " says Colleen McDaniel,managing editor of the consumer website CruiseCritic.com."People like to relax,try the drink of the day,try some wine or champagne toast."

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