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ByRick Deutsch

Millennials: have you taken a cruise? – YOUR generation might now enjoy one.

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Typical routing to the south pole. Try this cruise!!

Studies out of the UK are revealing that a younger population is now cruising. With 25M passengers projected for 2016, the lines are beginning to focus more on millennials and the like with offerings.  Cruising is not just for retired CEO’s or women taking mom on her “last trip to the sunset.”

A record 1.7 million Brits were on ships last year. But it’s been noticed that the mean age is decreasing. It used to be about 55 – now it’s a few years lower.

READ – The change since 2014

Why the change?  Well, obviously, people get old and die. That reduces the market. Sorry if this is cold, but it’s true.  The lines are building ships with toys for the younger set. Like what? How about a cart race track, a trampoline park, ice skating (mom would never do these!)

When I was in college my frat had a Spring Formal in Ocean City, MD. It was implied that your date would stay in your room…and you hoped it would be in your bed. Eeck – for someone who was studying engineering  too much to have many dates, this was difficult.  But if you had a date go on a harmless cruise….and  knowing you pretty well HAD to bunk up, that would suit many just fine.

All kinds of cruises are being organized. How about a nude cruise? A swingers cruise? A HipHop cruise. You get the idea. Hey – get 10 of your friends booked and YOU go free. Ships are catering to where the money is coming from.

Where are the geezers going?  Safe and secure places. Too much terrorism cropping up. Barcelona will see a drop. Istanbul is already off the list. Venice and Dubrovnik are upset with all the tourists jamming into their towns. Can-cun and Cozumel are being hit with turf wars between the drug cartels.   BUT Galapagos, Easter Island, Australasia, and the such will still pack them in.

We can help you get a free cruise by speaking on something you know a lot about. FREE for two. Let us know.

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ByRick Deutsch

Venice, Italy, tightened visits by mega-ships. Dubrovnik follows suit

Dubrovnik is a fantastic walled city. Reminds me of Rothenberg in Germany. Both have a tall stone wall encircling the main village.  Thanks to visiting cruise ships, overcrowding is making life unbearable for residents … and tourists alike.  Venice is suffering the same problem and recently announced that they are starting to “cull the herd.” They are rolling out tourist rules and trying to get the cruise lines to limit the number of passengers allowed at one time to visit. Read our blog of August 12   for details.

As a World Heritage site, UNESCO may remove that designation unless the town limits the number of visitors to only 4,000.  Mayor Franković stated the need to improve life for residents. Most visitors get off the ship then flood the town’s tiny walkways, gawking and spending little money. Free food on-board is a big deterrent to buying an local dinner.

If things are not fixed, the town’s three gates could indeed be shut. Even stops by ships may be curtailed. Limiting dis-embarking (Editor’s note: If getting on is embarking, shouldn’t getting off be “barking?”)  on weekdays-only might prevail. Plans hope to be instituted in about two years.

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Fairy tale Dubrovnik from the air

Think there is overreaction going on?  Check these numbers. In 2016, over 500 ships came in. That works out to almost 800,000 visitors.  In 2016, one day saw 10,000. It’s reported that resident population since 1991 has dropped from 5,000 to 1,157.  Sounds like the locals have had enough – just like Venice.

Me thinks Barcelona is next. Face it folks…7.5 billion people on earth…and many are retiring.

See these places now!!!!

I’ve been to all three – a few times – by speaking. Yes, free. You can to. Inquire how we can help you.

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Venice doubles down to stop rude behavior of visitors

We have spoken a lot about Venice.  Read our July blog that focus on moving the gigantic ships away from the islands with berthing at the mainland. Tenders will bring folks over from huge ships.

Step 2 is a beginning of a limit to the number of visitors allowed. Before they put in turnstiles, they are trying to be nice about it. BUT—> Tourists are ruining the place. It’s a cute town – but it’s not Disneyland. The locals are moving out to regain their sanity. At the end of WW2, 175,000 lived there. Today, all but 55,000 have left.

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28 million tourists visit each year. For comparison, our most popular National Park – Great Smokey drew 11 million.

While you’d think the businesses love it – they do – but the quality of life has gone way down. People stay for a few hours, spend little money, put graffiti on the Rialto Bridge and dump trash like they are at home.  They enter St. Mark’s in flip-flops and hot pants.

 

City fathers are starting to clamp down. They are promoting rules in 10 languages.

  1. It is forbidden to litter or throw refuse in public areas, or places open to the public
  2. It is forbidden to be bare-chested or wearing swimwear. Men or women.
  3. It is forbidden to leave food wastes anywhere in the city.
  4.  Bicycles are forbidden in the City Center.
  5. It is forbidden to lie on benches, or stand at any time with camping equipment.

Our recommendation is to get there now – I’ve been 3 times on cruises.  YOU can to. See it while it’s still pseudo pristine.

Drop us a line with your experience if you have been there – or ask us anything about Venice.

 

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