I found this about the Oasis of the Seas. Interesting!
Oasis of the Seas
Interesting site; thanks
Yeah, the whole dump.com website has some weird things. Nothing too shocking tho
i saw the ship in FL and the first word that came to mind was "gross."
Of course it will bring some money to STT, so whatever.
They can't fill the ships they have so why do they continue to make bigger & bigger? So they can give the cruises away to more people who don't spend???
So you can be close to 6,295 other people who who don't know and find you don't want to know or be around all but a few.
Can you imagine the crowds when you get off at any stop? (td)
I have only taken one cruise and it was on a smaller ship that only had 500 guests and found that I prefer land based ( island ) vacations better.
If it wasn't for taking a cruise to St. Croix in 1987, I never would have known this wonderful place existed. Personally, I get close to having anxiety attacks when I am in Havensight when multiple ships are in, but I think it is a great opportunity for people to see parts of the world they might not otherwise.
But 7,000 are just TOOOOO many to cram onto one boat, no matter it's size. I would guess you loose any feeling of actually being on a boat. Can you even see the water?
It's great for our economy we need tourist dollars. The Oasis brings new excitement to an otherwise stagnant industry.
Lately, it's been tourist quarters not dollars. 🙂
Trade, I hear that!!!
Something spent here is better than nothing spent. Or the ships could leave all together. Ships and tourists help the islands.
Maybe those quarters are from the tourists getting off the planes!:D
No, they're not. Hotel guests spend more.
Show us this study that hotel guests spend more than cruise ship passengers.
Is this fact or hear say?
For years I tracked sales for a major company here.
By virtue of people who come here to stay for a week or two, do the math. How much in airfare? How much was the hotel room? How much in cab rides or taxi fares? How much spent on meals in local restaurants & hotels plus whatever shopping they do vs somebody who spent $400.00 pp who is here for 1 day, not to mention those who WALK back to the ship to get lunch.
You must compare apples to apples when doing your analysis. Not apples to oranges.
You must have been asleep during that lecture in statistics 101:D
No, I tracked sales of hotel guests vs ships including EACH ship. I was well paid for it too.
And I'm talking about per cruise ship passenger vs per hotel guest not the groups as a whole. St. Thomas needs more hotel guests because they do spend more as individuals.
I am no tourist annalist. But my common sense tells me that someone whom is staying in a hotel on the island versing someone sightseeing from a ship is going to spend more. So my vote goes with the statistics trade discovered.
And trade if ya ever need someone to help with any high paying investigation to discover common sense. I'm your man. LOL
Sigh. When I cruise I buy tee shirts and shot glasses so I guess I am not helping the economy of the islands I visit, but then again that was not my purpose for my vacation. My purpose was to relax on the ship and visit different destinations. So there LOL
And that is exactly why cruise ship visitors are less valuable to the economy than those staying on island.
I know that the cruises must be wonderful. But as for me I like to stay awhile wherever I travel. Helps me to see the full spectrum of the places visited. So when I come there it will be by plane. And at least a week or two in a local hotel with rental car eating local cuisine. So yes my money will land in island business's rather then some cruise ship's bottom line. And I will probably by a tee shirt or shot glass to remember the visit by. 😎
Sauceress, that's not what I was saying. Of course, ship passengers are valuable but they really don't spend as much per person as a hotel visitor does. You probably spread out your spending on several islands. Hotel guests spend it all on the island they're visiting.