Magazine article New Internationalist

Supersize Me Cruising

Magazine article New Internationalist

Supersize Me Cruising

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Growing demand for mega-cruiseships is causing increasing headaches for port authorities in major tourist destinations struggling to cope with the ever-larger vessels, according to caribbeannewsnet. com. Adapting ports to accommodate the floating giants is a major headache. On the Caribbean island of St Maarten, tourism commissioner Theo Heyliger summed up the problem in a few words: 'Mega-ships for mega-ports for mega-bucks. That's what it costs.'

Four mega-ships simultaneously offloading 10,000 tourists - or a quarter of the territory's population - would cause gridlock on the roads that would be 'just too hard to handle,' said Heyliger.

Demand for the mega-ships shows no signs of flagging as cruise lines respond to increasing demand for on-board activities by offering such amenities as climbing walls, surfing pools and even ice-skating rinks. …

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