(Closed) Royal Caribbean Cruises is making me SICK.

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow, that’s ridiculous.  I’m shocked at that.

Post # 4
1982 posts
Buzzing bee

Oh wow, that is so beyond insensitive… how could they have thought that this was a good idea?

Post # 5
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Ew =(

Post # 7
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Thanks lampshade127… good to see a second view… maybe people should read this one instead…

Post # 9
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

I think the alternate view brings up a good point – Haiti is a huge tourist destination, they were helping stimulate their economy by still going. These people need the money they receive from these cruises more now than ever, and I’m sure they were grateful for the business!

Post # 10
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I appreciate that RC dropped off food for the people, but perhaps it’s best to use their local resources locally for awhile and then bring back the tourists and their dollars.  I went to Cayman several months after Hurrican Ivan destroyed the island.  The people were absolutely happy to see visitors and the money I brought to the island.  But there is a big difference between days and months.  Just my two cents.

Post # 11
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think the second article is interesting, however I think I would feel really guilty as a passenger. Besides economic benefits the ship also gives a very personal experience to the whole tragedy, which may encourage the passengers to help more than those who just read about it through the news. It is a loose-loose situation for the cruise ships in my opinion, because they would be given flack if they had not stopped as well.



the whole situation is tradgic

Post # 12
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

My problem with the argument of stimulating an economy is that there is no economy now. The entire country’s infrastructure has been destroyed. The government is in shambles. The lucky few who work at the resort are certainly being paid, but what can they do with their money? Walk down to a local market and “help the economy”? Not exactly.

Post # 13
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I too am torn as to what I believe is the right solution in this situation. I don’t know that as a passenger I could see myself out playing on the beach knowing of the hardships so many are facing in Haiti either. I just don’t know that the Royal Caribbean line is making a heartless decision in continuing with the trip as planned. While I know that things have gotten so much worse for the people of Haiti as a result of the earthquake, conditions in Haiti have been awful for many years now yet vacationers went and enjoyed themselves while Haitians could barely feed their families. Maybe it’s too soon to start recreational trips to the island but I appreciate their donations to the relief project.

Post # 14
2398 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I find the claim that tip money dispensed in an isolated, privately-owned resort will benefit Haitians in PaP to be dubious in the extreme.  The U.S. military hasn’t been able to efficiently provide aid and the country lacks anything approaching a functioning government, so I’m not sure how a few extra dollars in the hands of people nearly 100 miles away with no access to roads, a postal service or other form of communication is going to do much good.


Post # 15
3098 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

The thing that really needs to be known, is that they didn’t have an economy to begin with, the country is the poorest in the western hemisphere relying  more on import and external aid than most others, with a HUGE trade and national deficit. Add to that, they have a very corrupt government and most aid is intercepted by the Haitian officials, never making it to the public, and the fact that what little industry they had there is now completely gone – and this bit of tourism is the only income available right now. Some income during a worse time than usual in the midst of chaos before the officials can seize it is better than no income.

Post # 16
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m torn and that second article lampshade mentions that they are donating money, and there are people who still need the employment. It’s a rock and a hard place any way you look at it.

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