- November 05, 2013 - 09:26
The main these cruise ships "visit" here is to avoid American labour laws. They are foreign crewed and pay very cheap wages. They are also foreign flagged. What these passengers spend is relatively minor to what they spend on the ship. Notice they don't stay overnight. Their profit model is to feed the customers like crazy, let them out for air in ports, buy a t-shirt and get them back on board to spend more. Last month there was a referendum in Key West, Florida on having the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study on making their port bigger to accommodate the big cruise ships. It was rejected by a 3 to 1 margin. Bottom line is the cruise ships priority for visiting is to escape American labour and marine laws.