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.
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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.
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.
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After multiple false starts and a lot of debate, it looks like the government is about to announce a major change to the way the mega-ships are docked. The Mayor of Venice is Luis Brugnaro and he said that the Chamber of Commerce has agreed to berth cruise ships bigger than 100,000 tons in the port of Marghera. It’s on the mainland – across from Venice.
This would allow the behemoths to still service the classic city and not hurt Venice’s tourism and the daily life of residents. A June test vote was at 99% for ridding the endangered city of the giant ships.
A a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, the mayor said: “I can announce that before the summer, the government will announce the solution to the problem of big ships.”
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Two new slots will be constructed at Marghera in 2019. This would shift about 50% of the current load to Marghera. The docks at Venice could still be used for smaller ships.
Passengers typically spend little since they are visiting for only a few hours. Plus they tend to eat onboard the ships, rather than in town. A cup of coffee is one of their few expenses. Life for residents is not fun dealing with all the people gawking.
The pollution and water damage to buildings should improve soon.
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