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Abstract


Foster, George M.  "South Seas Cruise: A Case Study of a Short-Lived Society," Annals of Tourism Research, 1986, 13:2, 215-238


Described is an atypical cruise on a small ship in the South Pacific. The concepts of "short-lived societies," "cruise culture," & the ship as "environment" are advanced to explain the behavior of passengers, & the ways in which they relate to each other. Passengers are described as an aging, UMc group, still physically active, flexible in relating to members of their class, yet cautious in developing social intimacies. Self-improvement is seen to be the moral rationale of many passengers in justifying a relatively expensive trip. It is suggested that expectations & behavior on small cruise ships are distinct from what is found on large ships.


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