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---, "Nature & Resources: Cruise Ships," Ecologist, 2004, 34:1 (Feb), 30-31

The cruise ship industry tout their environmental awareness and concerns, but their investments are little more than marketing schemes designed to capture a wider audience. In fact, cruise ships spew massive amounts of sewage into the ocean, emit tons of noxious air pollutants, register their ships in the nations with the softest environmental regulations, employ staff at below poverty wages and house and work them in poor conditions, and tear through wildlife habitat, often killing marine species in the process. As an industry, cruise ships fulfill none of the criteria of ecotourism, including using local resources and labor, protecting biodiversity, and showing sensitivity to local communities.